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In addition to an expanded race schedule, WORCA is focussing more on youth development this year, and has partnered with the Single Track Off Road Mountain Bike Club (STORMBC), to offer more programs and incentives to young riders in the community.
"Id say the biggest change for WORCA this year is our emphasis on youth," says Watton.
Every second Loonie Race will include an Under 15 youth series component, with STORMBC riders and other kids from the community invited to participate.
For taking part in the races, and in other community initiatives, they can earn WORCA/STORMBC bucks, which can be used towards WORCA and STORMBC programs and clinics.
"They dont just get the bucks for finishing in the top-three. If they stop in a race to help someone fix a flat, theyll earn some bucks. If they volunteer in the community, in events like Pitch-in Day, theyll earn bucks," says Watton.
"The goal is to gets kids out and riding and having fun. The more kids out there riding, the better."
One or two lucky youths could also benefit financially this year. An $8,000 grant-in-aid will go to one local contractor to maintain trails, and an additional $2,000 youth contract will go towards a young trail worker over the summer months.
WORCA will once again be hosting four youth clinics this summer under STORMBCs certified coaches.
As well as programs for youth, WORCA will continue to provide members with hucking clinics, freeride clinics and women only clinics.
On the trail front, WORCA is looking for a grant to do more work on A River Runs Through It, Whistlers most popular trail with more than 14,000 rider visits in a three-month period last summer.
Dan Markle will continue work on his Foreplay/Secret Trail, as a new bridge is constructed over Wedge Creek by the RMOW.
Regular trail maintenance nights will also be held throughout the season, starting with WORCAs trail sweep day on May 4.
On the sweep day, volunteers from WORCA walk local trails and clear any logs or debris left lying on the trails after the winter season. More details on this annual event, which usually includes a pancake breakfast, are still to come.
Some dates to keep in mind this season:
First Loonie Race, hosted by Gone Bakery in Alpine May 1
WORCA Bike Swap May 3
WORCA Trail Sweep May 4
Calendars will be available online at www.worca.com, or can be printed out for free at Jodys Internet Café. You can also call the event hotline at 1-604-938-9893, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.