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WORCA’s winning season

Mountain bike club celebrates at annual general meeting



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Turnout at Toonie Rides is down slightly this year, but Horn said that was a good thing for sponsors, who reigned back their spending on food and refreshments this year.

Horn, a past-president of WORCA, is returning for another season as Race Director.


Building skills

This year WORCA hosted eight clinics; four for youth and four for adults, as well as bike maintenance clinics in conjunction with local bike shops. Director of Skills Development Benoit Renault said he hopes to focus future clinics on specific skills like technical climbing and descending, as well as to host more clinics on bike maintenance.

Renault is returning this year.


Trails and trials

WORCA trail director Jerome David continued his plan of encouraging volunteer days on specific local projects, while the additional funding allowed the association to take on additional trail projects.

Some of the new work includes repairs to 99er and Billy's Epic, a new entrance to Mandatory Suicide, new work on Section 102, and other general maintenance around the valley. New trail work includes the completion of A La Mode on the Lower Sproatt climb and new sections of the Train Wreck-Runaway Train circuit.

Volunteer work has been concentrated mainly on getting Shit Happens open, but volunteers have also opened Get Over It, a new trail connecting Bob's Rebob and Mel's Dilemma, new sections of Anal Intruder, and sections of Train Wreck and Runaway Train.

"We've also been looking at the municipality's Trail Master Plan which came out three years ago. We're all still working on that and picking away at it," said David.

David has also created a trail matrix to record where volunteer and paid work takes place in a given season so WORCA can spread its attention around. Generally speaking the Resort Municipality of Whistler takes care of trails in municipal parks with some shared responsibility for trails like River Runs Through It, while WORCA handles all trails outside municipal parks.


Youth camps bigger than ever

This year WORCA hosted eight weeks of youth dirt camps during the summer months, with 211 campers taking part. The cost was kept low at $150 per week, with the remaining funding coming from the annual WORCA bike swap that raised $12,000 this year.

WORCA also hosted two youth toonie nights with parents of younger riders, and presented Mahon Lamont with the annual Lumpy Leidal Award as the club's outstanding junior rider.