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Two decades of WORCA

Worcapalooza to celebrate biking and community on Saturday

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The Avid Chainless Downhill gets underway at 4:15 p.m. Tyler Morland and his team are putting together a fun and relatively flat course on Blackcomb where riders will be challenged to keep their speed without pedaling. The event is limited to the first 100 riders to register, with all participants getting a new chain at the finish and great prizes for the winners.

At 6 p.m. WORCA will host a hill climb event on a narrow, technical track up Blackcomb. Racers will be timed, but special recognition will also go to riders that clean the course.

That sets up the WORCA 20 th anniversary film premiere at Eight Below, which gets underway at 7 p.m. The documentary includes footage from WORCA events over the past year, as well as interviews with founding members of the world's biggest mountain bike club. There will be a few presentations after the screening, as well as a chance for riders to socialize.

During the day there are a series of unscheduled events. The Trackstand Contest will award the rider that can stand in one place on their bike for the longest. The best times could end up with a head-to-head showdown outside the beer garden.

Cary Lopes will also decorate helmets belonging to kids aged 10 and under over the course of the day, a new variation on face painting.

One of the biggest attractions will be the Celebrity Dunk Tank, which is a fundraiser for WORCA's trail building program. Various local celebrities have volunteered to get dunked from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., but bring a change of clothes in case you get tapped to get wet.

There will be live music, with Brother Twang taking the stage at 5 p.m., and others will be showcasing their talents on guitars and turntables.

Splitz Grill is providing burgers and Granville Island Brewing is sponsoring the beer garden. Lucia Gelato will also be on hand. This is not a Toonie Ride, so bring some cash to pay for food and beverages.

Worcapalooza is free to attend, and you don't require a membership if you want to participate in any races or skills events. There is limited parking, so participants are asked to bike to the site, as well as to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.

After the video premiere and awards the organizers will be moving the party to Merlin's for an unofficial apr├Ęs.

If you can help out, WORCA is looking for volunteers to make the day go smoothly. All volunteers will earn a spot in the WORCA VIP Celebration this year, which recognizes the efforts of volunteers and board members through the season. To volunteer e-mail tracy_howlett@hotmail.com.