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WORCA Toonie heads to Lost Lake


The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association's Toonie Ride series is saying goodbye to the No Flow Zone around Emerald Estates this week and heading to the trails at Lost Lake for the annual race hosted by Wild Willies and the Longhorn.

While the ride should be easier technically, there is still a lot of ground to cover between the start line at Spruce Grove and the finish at the entrance to Lost Lake Park and nobody knows the park like Wild Willies.

The sign-on gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and the race at 6:30 p.m. If you haven't registered yet you can do it online at to avoid the line at the start.

Bring a donation to the Whistler Food Bank.


Trail day on Cut Yer Bars

This Saturday WORCA is hosting its first trail maintenance day on Cut Yer Bars, re-establishing the highway connection to the Roll Yer Bones trail.

Volunteers are meeting at 9 a.m. at the municipal works yard at Nesters. They are asked to bring work gloves, shears, small saws and other trail tools to help rough in the trail.

WORCA will host two trail days a month through the summer and is still looking for sponsors to help out by providing food and refreshments to workers. If you would like to sponsor a trail day visit


Buchar solid in Slovenia

Whistler's Claire Buchar pulled off a seventh place finish in the downhill races at Maribor, Slovenia last weekend, placing less than two seconds back of the top five on a long and technical course.

Rachel Atherton of the U.K., still nursing a broken finger, took the win by almost 10 seconds over Sabrina Jonnier of France.

Keeping it in the family, her brother Gee Atherton placed second in the men's DH behind South African rider Greg Minaar.

Buchar is now sitting in seventh place on the World Cup tour after two events. She has 92 points.

The previous week Buchar took part in the British Nationals at Fort William, placing second behind Atherton.

Chris Kovarik, who divides his time between Australia and Whistler, placed first at Fort William ahead of the third Atherton, Dan. Gee Atherton was eighth in that event.

However, Kovarik was one of many riders to have trouble in Maribor, and as a result he finished the race well out of contention.


Trail Running clinics every Tuesday through the summer

The Escape Route is bringing back its weekly trail running clinics, meeting at the store at Marketplace at 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday for registration before taking off as a group to the trails. Depending on numbers the group is usually split up by experience and ability. Runs are typically 45 minutes.