Month of Pain returns to Whistler 

Bike, run and adventure races throughout September

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 th 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 half.

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 after-party.

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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