The Whistler Gymnastics Club has been doing a few different things this summer, including introducing gymnasts to the sport of parkour (a.k.a. freestyle running).
The sport combines running and gymnastics, with participants jumping, climbing and flipping over and around obstacles, usually in an urban setting. It's been featured in a number of movies and television shows, including the James Bond movie Casino Royale and the French film District B13 . A quick trip to YouTube to look up "parkour" will turn up hundreds of videos of hundreds of athletes.
On Aug. 9, and continuing for the next four weeks, the club will be offering adult classes using mats, boxes, trampolines and other equipment to teach people how to use their momentum to jump, absorb, push, roll and flip off various obstacles.
Phat Wednesday returns
With Crankworx in the history books the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has a busy month ahead hosting Phat and Phast Wednesday races.
The first race was Wednesday, Aug. 3. The next Phat Wednesday races are on Aug. 17 and Aug. 31, while the last two PhaSt Wednesday races - for experts only - are on Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.
To race, you must be a member of the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association and pay a $2 entry fee that will go towards the top riders in each category. You also need a valid lift pass to ride the bike park.
Sign-on starts at 5 p.m. at the Garbanzo Bike and Bean patio and the races get underway at 6 p.m. The aprés race party is at the GLC with draw prizes ranging from SRAM drivetrains to pedals to helmets to GoPro helmet cameras.
For more information, visit www.whistlerbike.com.
Pre-Fondo ride is back
Riders looking to get in a good training ride to prepare for the RBC GranFondo Whistler can take part in the second annual PrimaFondo on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Pre-Fondo is a warm-up event by Corsa Cyles in Squamish that includes rides through Squamish and Paradise Valley, returning to Corsa for a catered barbecue lunch. The ride will get underway at 11 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m.
Specialized Bicycles will be at the start to loan out demo road bikes, but a limited number are available and you'll need to contact Corsa by Friday to reserve a bike.
The ride and the lunch are free, but you'll need to RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place in the pack and lunch table.
The event is co-sponsored by the RBC GranFondo Whistler and Specialized Bikes.