Despite the rain and a freak snowstorm last Thursday there was a solid turnout for the opening Toonie Ride of the season, which took place on the dark blue Shit Happens trail in Emerald Estates.
Tonight's Toonie Ride heads back to the same neighbourhood, starting at the Emerald Reservoir. The course includes the first part of Shit Happens, Big Kahuna, Trial and Error and Section 102 - although riders can feel free to cut themselves off before Section 102 and head to the après at Edgewater.
Online registration is recommended at www.worca.com to beat the early season lineups at the sign-on table. Memberships are $40 for adults and $25 for youths 18 and under, and there's a $2 fee to ride. Sign-in is at 5:30 p.m. and the race starts at 6:30 p.m.
Next week's Toonie Ride is scheduled for Lost Lake and is sponsored by Wild Willies and the Longhorn Saloon. Sign-on is at Spruce Grove Park, and organizers are asking racers to bring a donation to the food bank.
Team Whistler bringing back Tuesday rides
Team Whistler is getting ready to resume the team's Tuesday Night Rides for roadies on May 18, meeting at Skiis and Biikes SnowCovers on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. for sign-on. Rides range from 40 to 60 km and typically routes include Alta Lake Road, rides to Whistler Olympic Park, and hill climbs, but there are usually choices depending on whether you're joining the moderate or fast groups. All levels of riders are welcome and a workout is guaranteed. Along the ride members of Team Whistler share tips to improve your skills, speed and endurance.
The Tuesday rides are also a great way to train for the Vancouver-to-Whistler Gran Fondo in September.
For more information on the rides and registration, visit www.teamwhistler.ca.
Trail Running clinics get underway May 18
The Escape Route is bringing back its weekly trail running clinics on May 18, meeting at the shop at Marketplace at 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday for registration before taking off as a group to the trails. Depending on numbers the group is usually split up by experience and ability. Runs are typically three quarters of an hour.
The monthly hash runs will return in June, and will take place the last Tuesday of the month through the summer. If you've never taken part, a hash run has participants following symbols on the ground as they work their way to a secret location and finish line. All levels of runners can do it together, with the faster runners scouting out the trails ahead for more signs while the slower runners catch up.