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WORCA winds up busy 15th year

Insurance, future of trails largest concerns at AGM



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WORCA also held four volunteer trail maintenance nights, doing work on River Runs Through It, Cut Yer Bars, Lower Flank Trail and Cheap Thrills, and three volunteer ‘Trail Daze’ in Whistler, Pemberton and Spruce Lake.

"(In Whistler) we had five guys clearing all the blowdown, and about 25 other people clearing brush and fixing things. We could probably have blown half our trail budget for this year on what those volunteers did in a day," said Boyd McTavish, WORCA’s director of trails.

McTavish also worked with groups to resolve potential trail issues, such as the new Whistler Paintball tenure in the area of the Comfortably Numb trailhead and re-routing a section of Cheap Thrills off of public land.

Next year Boyd says he hopes to focus more energy on general maintenance and armouring existing trails so they don’t need as much regular upkeep.

"After what we did this year I’d like to take a step back and do some more basic work, erosion control, that kind of thing on our more popular trails, maybe rerouting a few awkward sections on trails to make them flow better," said McTavish.

On the Loonie Race front, WORCA hosted 21 races this year with 4,200 riders taking part – a record number of participants for the club, even with rain and cold driving numbers down for the last few weeks of the season.

"One thing I tried to do this year was to come up with ways to make it less expensive for people to host races by pairing them up, businesses with restaurants, and for the most part that worked pretty well," said Grant Lamont, the director of race.

"I also tried to keep in touch with people doing the Loonie Races to make things go as smoothly as possible, and make sure that we’re mixing it up, not hitting the Riverside trails for four weeks in a row or anything. We tried to make them fun, make them challenging, and make them social," said Lamont.

Lena Martin, who stepped in as director of freeride only two months before the AGM, said she ran a successful skills clinic with more than 25 people coming out on a rainy day. Next year she hopes to host more clinics on the basics of mountain biking, as well as clinics targetted to skills like climbing, riding stunts, riding the park. She also plans to run one or more women-only clinics to get more interest in the sport.

Sylvie Allen, the director of youth, said WORCA sold a record of $46,000 in bikes and gear at the club’s annual Bike Swap, with the proceeds going towards youth programs. Some of that went towards three youth clinics during the summer, a partnership with the STORMBC mountain bike camps.