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Will Routley rides strong in Tour of Malaysia


After making a splash in a couple U.S. tour events in March, Whistler's Will Routley headed to the Tour of Malaysia with Team Jelly Belly this week.

While the Tour of Malaysia is hit or miss in terms of its pro field, the event has been a stepping stone for athletes and teams to European races and the Tour de France. Canada's Ryder Hesjedal is one example, winning a stage in Malaysia two years before earning a spot in the Tour de France.

The eight stage, 1,247 km race won't wrap up until Sunday, but Routley was solid in the first three stages.

In the first stage Routley was ranked 66 th out of 122 riders, but he essentially crossed the line in a massive pack just 34 seconds back of the leaders. On the second stage he got into a break with the leaders and finished seventh, within a bike's length of the stage winner. That helped boost Jelly Belly to fifth overall in the team rankings.

Routley then challenged for the overall win on the third stage, but was outpaced in the final sprint to place fourth on that stage. He also held onto 10 th in the general classification, just 25 seconds back of the leader, and 10 seconds out of second place.

Callaghan Country XC trails still open

The Lost Lake Trails and Whistler Olympic Park may be closed for the season but there are still opportunities to ski at Callaghan Country until the last day of operations on May 2. To celebrate the last day there will be a group ski at 9 a.m., starting at the Callaghan Country base. There will be free skiing and a free picnic at the lodge for anyone who comes out, but organizers ask that you call 604-938-0616 or e-mail if you want to take part so they have an idea how many skiers to expect.

B.C. Snowboard Association recruiting for provincial team

The B.C. Snowboard Association is holding a tryout for its freestyle team in Whistler from May 2 to 3, opening their selection camp to any young riders that want to come out. Previously the camp would be by invite only, but organizers want to encourage all young riders to come out for the team.

This is the eighth year for the program, where athletes compete in halfpipe and slopestyle events at the provincial and national level, and benefit from coaching and other support while travelling to events across the province. The ideal candidate will be athletic and competitive while looking to improve and fine tune snowboard skills; interested in competing at the national level; experienced in competing in regional and provincial competitions and dedicated to training both on the snow and off. Participants must be 13 years old at minimum.