The 1,000-member Whistler Off Road Cycling Association celebrated the end of the season, sort of, with their annual general meeting at the Spruce Grove Fieldhouse on Oct. 13.
Less than 50 people turned out to the meeting where the board was unanimously re-elected, with the exception of the treasurer who was stepping down after five years. Returning president Grant Lamont took this as a sign that members were happy with the direction of the organization.
"This was another great year," he said. "Weve seen more growth in participation and programs, and were going to continue to expand to create an even more diverse riding experience for people in Whistler.
"Were fortunate that we live in a rare town where the municipality is part of the solution and not a problem, and were going to continue working with the muni on developing the best riding in North America. Its already happening."
Final participation numbers and financial figures were still being finalized at the time of the AGM. The years financial statements wont be completed until the last of the 2005 trail contracts are completed at the end of October/early November.
At press time, WORCA had a healthy savings of close to $25,300, not including a last minute presentation of $1,000 from the organizers of the Comfortably Numb Trail Run. More than $10,000 of that will go towards completing trail contracts, and Lamont has plans for the rest.
"We are at the stage where we can start looking for matching funds for different projects, where we can double or triple our money by taking advantage of some of the grants out there," he said.
"Mountain biking is getting bigger and we need to start thinking bigger because youd better believe theyre coming. Whistler is becoming the place to go."
Following the opening remarks, WORCA directors gave short presentations on their respective portfolios:
The WORCA trail maintenance schedule has been hectic with the biggest budget yet, according to director Boyd McTavish.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler awarded WORCA a $24,000 Community Enrichment Grant at the start of the season. "We usually get $6,000, or $8,000 or $12,000 but this year we decided to go bigger and ask for the $24,000. They (the municipality) recognized the need to invest in the trails, and I think we give great value for the money," said McTavish.
The Community Foundation of Whistler kicked in another $2,800 through their Environmental Legacy Fund, while Comfortably Numb Trail Run organizers added another $1,000. Put together with cash raised from Loonie Races and memberships, the total trail maintenance budget was approximately $30,000 for the season.