First Toonie Ride tonight 

Ready or not, here it comes. The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association's Toonie Ride series kicks off tonight, Thursday, May 6 with a rip through Shit Happens to the Rainbow Creamsicle.

Sign-on is at the yellow gate at the top of Emerald Estates at 5:30 p.m. and the ride starts at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Evolution, Alpine Café, Whistler Outdoor Adventure and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

To prevent lines at the registration table organizers are recommending that members sign up online before the event. The cost of a membership is $40 once again, or $25 for kids 18 and under. There is also a family rate available.

On top of that there is a $2 fee for taking part in the event, with a portion of the collected money going towards the top male and female riders and the remainder going towards WORCA's trail maintenance budget.

There is no parking available in Emerald Estates, but temporary parking is available at Whistler Secondary or Whistler Outdoor Adventure, where the après race is taking place.

The following race on May 13, sponsored by Whistler Bike Co., also takes place in the Emerald Estates area, meeting at the Emerald reservoir just past the yellow gates. That event finishes at the end of Section 102, with an après at Edgewater Outdoor Centre.


WORCA trail sweep on Saturday

With the snow holding on at higher elevations through the month of April, WORCA decided to delay its annual trail sweep day until this Saturday, May 8 to give the snow more time to melt.

To take part in this year's sweep, meet at the Riverside Café at 8 a.m. for a quick breakfast before heading out to the trails. Sweepers will prune back bushes and trees, pick debris off of trails and look for fallen trees, erosion, downed bridges, etc. so WORCA can call in its trail contractor.

Dress to work outdoors for roughly two or three hours and bring whatever tools you can - work gloves, pruning shears, small saws and other portable cutting tools. Also, bring garbage bags to carry out any waste and pack water and a snack.

WORCA is planning two trail days a month. The next event will take place on Saturday, May 22. If the trails have been swept then volunteers on the second day will be put to work on actual trail projects.

To help with the cost of hosting trail days WORCA is looking to find sponsors for events this year, and will advertise each sponsor's assistance. The sponsor will help to cover the cost of food and refreshments for volunteers, keeping more money in the trail budget for projects around town. E-mail if you're interested.


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