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Slo Pitch team hosting poker tournament



The very successful Whistler Soul Crush slo-pitch team is headed to the nationals in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the end of July and is looking to raise a little more money to help the team face off against the top Competitive A co-ed teams from around the country.

They are hosting a poker fundraiser on July 20 at the Summit Lodge with a $60 buy-in and the grand prize of a 2011-2012 ski pass - as well as other prizes for table winners. To buy tickets, contact

The team is having another great season. They've played in six tournaments so far this year and 40 games, finishing first three times and third three times.

The team is hosting its own tournament, sponsored by the Longhorn Saloon, on July 23 and July 24.


Sandkuhl, Schneider solid in Vancouver Half Iron

The Subaru Vancouver International Half Marathon took place this past weekend at Locarno Beach, with Half Iron and sprint distances.

Whistler's Greg Sandkuhl raced in the Half Marathon, which included a 1.9 km swim, a 91 km bike and a 21.1 km run. He placed 77th overall out of 230 racers, and while he was the only racer in the 65 to 69 group is time of 5:08:18 would have placed him first in the 60 to 64 age group by over 35 minutes and fifth in the 55 to 59 age category against racers a decade younger.

Sarah O'Byrne, who is registered to compete in her first Ironman this year, placed 117th overall and fourth in the 30 to 34 age category with a time of 5:27:28.

From Squamish, Volker Schneider was 20th overall - the best Sea to Sky results - as well as first in the men's 40 to 44 category with a time of 4:37:58.

Tim Moore was 53rd overall and fourth in the 45 to 49 race in 4:53:59.

Derek Gagne was 103rd overall and 20th in the men's 35 to 39 race in 5:22:08.

In the sprint race (500 metre swim, 26.5 km bike and 5 km run) Monique Thibault was 15th in women's 40 to 49 in 2:08:19.

Eduardo Aguirre of Pemberton was 27th in men's 40 to 49 in 1:35:17.


Skate Jam on Sunday

The second of three Vans Community Skate Jam events, presented by Showcase, will take part this Sunday with another $1,000 in prizes and $500 in cash up for grabs.

The format will be the same as the first event with riders sessioning a park feature for half an hour and the judges picking a winner with some athlete input.

It's free to compete and anyone can take part. There is also a special Grom Class event for riders aged six to 12.

The jam runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be hot dogs after 4 p.m. at the BBQ.

This is a fun and relaxed event but hundreds of spectators turned out for the first jam  on June 12. The third and final event is on Aug. 14.


BC Bike Race still needs volunteers

The seven-day B.C. Bike Race finishes up in Whistler this Saturday, July 9 with a course that includes Blackcomb trails to Yummy Numby, the Comfortably Numb descent and some trails in Lost Lake before finishing at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Grant Lamont set the course for the final day of riding, and is looking for some volunteers to help out. If you can spare some time on Saturday for an event that brings over 1,000 people to the resort, email

A few local riders are having an impact on the race. Squamish's Neal Kindree placed first on the third day of the ride in Powell River to move into second behind Chris Sheppard. Whistler's Katrina Strand was sitting fifth in Solo Women while Brook Baker was ninth.

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Countdown to the GearJammer

The annual Squamish GearJammer mountain bike race is set for Saturday, July 23, following a 52-km route through some of Squamish's best singletrack. Of all the Squamish epics - including the Ore Crusher, Test of Metal and Just Another Bike Race - the GearJammer is the most technical.

It starts at Alice Lake Provincial Park and spreads out over a series of pavement and logging roads before diving onto singletrack. Some of the trails on the route include Rock n' Roll, Dead End Loop, Made in the Shade, Bob McIntosh trail, Mikes Loop, Mice and Men, Tracks From Hell, Mashiter, Ray's Café, Cliff's Corners, Skookum, Middle Power Smart, IMBA Smart, Lower Skookum, Recycle, Pseudo Tsuga, Lower Pseudo Tsuga, Ring Creek, the Powerhouse Plunge, Crumpit Woods, Farther Side, S&M Connector, Three Virgins, Seven Stitches and Summer's Eve. The map is available online at

The cost is $55 to take part, which includes food and refreshments on course and at the finish line.