The trophy for the ReMax Corridor Cup Team Challenge will be on display in the Whistler ReMax office for the next year, thanks to the efforts of Matt Ryan, Dave Burch, Joanna Harrington and Mike Bohn.
The four were the winning team, with Ryan the fastest individual rider, in the first team challenge, held Sunday as part of the second annual Ken Quon Memorial event at Lost Lake Park.
A total of 16 teams of four, from Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish, accepted the challenge: to find the fastest cross-country mountain bike team over three laps of a course utilizing the gamut of trails in Lost Lake Park.
“Hopefully we can make it a B.C. Cup event in the future, and get teams from all over competing,” said event organizer Tom Thomson.
The team race was a new addition to the Ken Quon “Ride On” Memorial, a family event put on by the mountain biking community in memory of Ken Quon. More than $12,000 was raised at this year’s event, which will be used to purchase a Propaq Monitor, a portable diagnostic machine, for use in Whistler’s second ambulance.
Last year’s first Ken Quon Memorial also purchased a Propaq Monitor, which is used daily in the first Whistler ambulance. The Whistler ambulances will be the only ones in the province, other than the air ambulances, that have the diagnostic machines.
Quon was an enthusiastic, popular mountain biker who died as a result of an undiagnosed heart condition while leading a Wild Willies ride in 2005. A memorial in Lost Lake Park marks the spot where he died. Each of the approximately 150 riders who took part in Sunday’s ride and races started with a flower in their helmet, which was then left on the Quon memorial in the park.
James Brooks won the Ken Quon Ride On plaque for the one-lap recreational race.
The riding and racing was followed by a barbecue at the Riverside RV Campground, where trail builder Eric Berry brought in a wooden bike stunt ramp. Children were entertained by the stunt and James McSkimming defeated Jesse Melamed in a trick competition on the apparatus.
Whistler volunteer firefighters, Wild Willies guides, WORCA members, ReMax Whistler realtors and friends and family of Ken Quon all helped with organizing and running the day’s events.
Thomson said the inspiration for the event comes from Quon, who was keen to give back to the community.
“The object is to generate some money and pass it on to emergency services in the community: fire, ambulance, the medical clinic,” said Thomson.
Organizers intend to raise funds and make a purchase or donation, on behalf of the biking community, on an annual basis. Funds were raised through an entry fee, silent auction, raffle ticket sales and a 50:50 draw.