There are a lot of reasons why event planners pick September to
run some of the biggest races in Whistler: the weather is good, the holidays
are over, people are feeling fit after a summer of activities. In 2006, looking
at all of the events taking place, Tourism Whistler officially promoted
September as the Month of Pain.
That name has stuck among locals. This year there are three
bike events and two runs over four weekends in September — not counting
the Samurai of Singletrack, which is closed to the public, and regular events
like the WORCA Loonie races.
West Side Wheel Up — Saturday, Sept. 8
This is the 14
annual West Side Wheel Up bike
race, and it will be similar to past years.
The race starts at the entrance to Function and follows the
Millar Creek Road to Alta Lake Road and the entrance to Lower Sproatt. From
there, the course circles Beaver Lake trail, then climbs back up through
Kadenwood to Upper and Lower Beaver Pass. After climbing back up Whip Me Snip
Me, riders will make their way on the Muni Trail to Bob’s Rebob, and A River
Runs Through It.
About twice the length of a Loonie Race, the fastest riders can
actually finish in less than an hour and average times are around an hour and a
The highlight of the event is the post race barbecue and party,
with free food and refreshments for participants.
The cost is $20 to enter, which includes the party and a ticket
to the raffle. Once again the top prize is a season pass donated by
Whistler-Blackcomb, with other prizes donated by local hotels, restaurants and
retailers. Other raffle tickets will also be available at sign-on and at the
The event is a fundraiser for the B.C. Disabled Ski Team, which
is coached by event director Phil Chew.
The Wheel Up is one of Whistler’s oldest local races, started
by Les Clare to finish the riding season on a high note.
To take part, register at the entrance to Function Junction
from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8. The race gets underway at noon. You need to be a
member of the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) to race, and
memberships will be available at the start.
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