Cheakamus Challenge organizer Grant Lamont is hoping to get 10 to 15 people out this Monday, Sept. 11, to help work on a tricky section of trail in the Cheakamus Canyon, and is dangling the carrot of a free entry into the race for anybody who can put in about four hours to make one section rideable.
The section in question is an infamously lumpy uphill of volcanic rock that only the strongest cyclists can climb, providing they know the exact line. According to Lamont the trail needs some brushing, and volunteers will place rocks to make the route easier to climb.
“The idea is to make a fun route out of the canyon,” said Lamont. “We don’t want it to look too nice, but decent riders should have a shot at clearing it.”
The Cheakamus Challenge Fall Classic mountain bike race takes place on Sept. 23 this year, and includes a 71 km route from Squamish to Whistler, and a 42 km “Cheakamus Lite” route that joins the race at the Whistler Bungee bridge. Registration is going strong this year, and Lamont has confirmed several top riders including Squamish’s Neal Kindree, Tofino’s Max Plaxton and female road legend Sara Neil.
“At 46 she still rips the legs off the other girls, and she’ll be really competitive,” said Lamont.