One week after placing top-five in the Fantastic Four road race in Kelowna, Whistler’s Will Routley showed up with fresh legs to the inaugural Cypress Challenge on Saturday — a 12 km race from the service yard to the Hollyburn cross-country area on a punishing 5.7 per cent pitch. Riders gained close to 900 metres on the climb.
It was Routley’s day. He was the first rider to the finish line in a time of 30 minutes and 53 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of his Symmetrics Cycling teammate Andrew Pinfold.
Routley currently sits second in the B.C Cup standings by just three points with three wins in five races. The last event in the series is a time trial Sunday, Aug. 26 where Routley will have a chance to pull into first overall.
Phat Wednesday ends with chainless race
The sixth and final Phat Wednesday downhill race of the season takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 29, once again with a chainless race on A-Line.
The format is the same as past races, with sign-on getting underway at 5 p.m. and the first racers heading down at 6 p.m. The cost is $2 to participate, with a lift pass and membership to the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association, with the proceeds going to the top riders in each category.
As a special bonus, Sram is handing out free chains to the first 150 competitors. Upwards of 200 riders may take part, so get there early.
As the last race of the year, it’s become a Phat Wednesday tradition for riders to wear costumes, and the best costumes will be awarded at the after party at the GLC.
Soo Valley Rumble added to Month of Pain
September has always been busy for events, and last year the collection of running and cycling events was christened “the Month of Pain”. This year the Month of Pain returns with a new cycling event taking place on the Samurai of Singletrack weekend that is open to the public.
The Soo Valley Rumble will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 on a course to be named at the Sept. 13 Loonie Race. The race is presented by the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association and Chromag bikes, and will cost $15 to enter.
Cat Smiley takes third ISSA award
Whistler fitness trainer Cat Smiley was presented the International Sports Sciences Association’s Canadian Trainer of the Year award for the third consecutive year last week in recognition of her work to improve fitness and treat obesity.