Warm weather has let crews open the Garbanzo Zone of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park a week ahead of schedule, with approximately 80 per cent of the trails ready to go on Saturday.
There is still some snow at the highest elevations, but otherwise crews are reporting good conditions on the trail.
Meanwhile crews are continuing to maintain and upgrade trails. Some recent work has been done to armour Heart of Darkness and both sections of Crank It Up. As well, the new lower section of Crank It Up is reportedly weeks from completion.
Also getting some work was Dirt Merchant, which was rebuilt, as well as Upper and Lower Angry Pirate which were given a face lift and a few new features to improve the flow.
Routley seventh in Nature Valley Grand Prix
In a race that included European riders and Tour de France alumni, Whistler's Will Routley managed to place seventh overall in the rankings after five days and six events. His combined time of nine hours, 29 minutes and 10 seconds was just 41 seconds back of Grand Prix winner Rory Sutherland of Maxxis. Tom Zirbel of Bissell Pro Cycling was second, and Lucas Sebastian Haedo of Colavita/Sutter Home/Cooking Light was third.
Routley's teammate Bernard Vaulden finished one spot back in eighth, propelling Team Jelly Belly to third in the team general classification and fifth overall in the National Racing Calendar rankings for the U.S.
Routley was a power player from the start. He was 15 th in the opening time trial on June 10, but made it up with a seventh place finishing the criterium on the same day. Routley rode consistently through the other stages, and was eighth in the second criterium on the closing day to take seventh overall.
Routley's plan was to head home after the race and continue to train, racing in a few Superweek events in the Lower Mainland before rejoining Team Jelly Belly for a race in China, the U.S. nationals and the Tour of Missouri.
Race the Ranch downhill results
Results were not available last week for the second Race the Ranch B.C. Cup event at Kamloops, a dusty downhill that brought out a field of over 330 riders.
Whistler's Tyler Allison once again competed in the Elite Men's category, placing sixth overall - one spot back of Squamish's JS Therrien. American Kyle Thomas, who coaches in Whistler during the summer, was fourth.
Whistler's James McSkimming was 18 th and Squamish's Scott Halvorson was 31 st .
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