A summer of events 

While the Olympics are a memory that is getting more distant every day, Whistler and Sea to Sky are busier than ever when it comes to events. Summer is always a busy time, but the summer of 2010 features several new events, as well as the return of a few events after being absent for several years.

First there are the weekly events.

WORCA is hosting 19 Toonie Rides this season, starting on Thursday, May 6 with a rip on Shit Happens. The complete schedule and course list is available at www.worca.com.

WORCA also co-hosts the Phat Wednesday downhill series with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, which gets underway Wednesay, June 23. It is geared to riders of all levels and abilities. There are also three "PhaSt Wednesday" races geared to expert riders and featuring some of the more challenging trails in the park. More information on those races will be posted online at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bike.

The Whistler Sailing Club has brought back its Wednesday evening sailing races this year, as well as hosting camps and clinics. Visit www.whistlersailing.com.

The Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association is back for a fifth season, with four nights of competitive play. Monday is competitive two-on-two, Tuesday and Friday are recreational co-ed four-on-four, and Thursday is intermediate three-on-three. Visit www.wova.ca.

The co-ed Whistler Touch Rugby League is also returning this year, inviting teams of seven to 10 members to join and play every Tuesday evening at Whistler Secondary. No experience is required. Registration day was on April 19, but you can contact whistlertouhrugby@gmail.com for more information.

That's a short list of the regular events and doesn't include spring hockey, slo-pitch, soccer, or any of the other leagues and regular events around Whistler. Check our weekly sports listings for more.

As for the one-time events, the list is longer than ever:




June 19 - Test of Metal - The annual North Shore Credit Union Test of Metal sold out all 1,000 spots in record time this year. The race itself covers 67 km, with over 30 km of singletrack mountain bike trails. It's also the third event of the Hell of a Series. If you weren't one of the people to get through on registration day there is an entire weekend of events including the Mini-Metal, the invitation-only Rockstar downhill and the Rotary Celebrity Challenge. Visit www.testofmetal.com.


June 27 to July 3 - B.C. Bike Race - The organizers completely changed the ride for the fourth edition of the B.C. Bike Race, which is open to teams of two. The organizers have added a Day 0 this year, which is a short rally on the North Shore. Day 1 is Nanaimo, Day 2 is Cumberland, Day 3 is Powell River, Day 4 and 5 are on the Sunshine Coast, Day 6 is Squamish and Day 7 is Whistler, which includes a section of Comfortably Numb, Young Lust and the Green Lake Trail to the Lost Lake area. If you decided not to do the full eight days of racing, the organizers did open up the Whistler leg last year to additional racers. For more information visit www.bcbikerace.com.


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