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Trail dedication planned for Comfortably Numb

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Markle wants to rework a few sections of the trail that were rushed, and said he still needs to build sections leading to and from the bridge.

For WORCA president Mike Watton, Comfortably Numb shows just how strong the mountain bike community in Whistler is.

"It’s pretty exciting to have this strong relationship with the municipality," he said. "I can’t think of any other community that has that going for it. You run into people on the trails and they can’t believe that the municipality is behind this. I ran into some people from Arizona the other day on River, and they were amazed that the trail was allowed. I told them that the municipality actually helped us truck in the lumber for this, and they were blown away."

Watton had strong praise for Markle, the work he has done and the care he has put into building Comfortably Numb.

"This is the kind of trail that’s going to put Whistler on the map for mountain biking, like the Porcupine Ridge Trail at Moab. The fact that the municipality and a local developer helped us to develop this, and there was such a contribution from the community, is even more incredible," said Watton. "These kinds of things don’t happen anywhere else."

To celebrate the opening of the trail, the municipality, WORCA and Chris Markle are hosting a bridge dedication ceremony and ride on Comfortably Numb on Sunday, Sept. 28. All are welcome to attend.

Meet in the Wedge Mountain Parking Lot at 9 a.m. to bike out to the bridge for the dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony, people are invited to ride the rest of the trail back to the Lost Lake area.

It’s a long way, so bring lots of water, food, and warm clothing. Dress for the conditions.