Sports Briefs: Early bird deadline nears for NimbyFifty 

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The early bird deadline for the third annual NimbyFifty bike race in Pemberton is fast approaching, going up from $65 to $75 on April 20. The race itself takes place on May 26, with a 35km course on some of the area's most famous singletrack — Happy Trail and Big Nimby climbs, the Overnight Sensation descent, and trails like Sphincter, Econoline, No Err, Ramble On, Moby Dick and Dark Forest.

Registration is pacing ahead of last year with 260 already signed up for the ride. The organizers extended the cap from 300 to 400 riders this year, so there's still time to decide. Most of the trails are clear of snow at this point, so there's an opportunity to pre-ride sections before riders make up their minds — the course is technical in places and will be challenging for intermediate level riders.

For more information and registration, visit www.nimbyfifty.com.

Local riders solid in NW Cup opener

The first major downhill mountain bike race for the region took place last week outside of Port Angeles, Washington, kicking off the NW Cup series.

A handfull of local riders made the trip.

Lee Jackson of Squamish was second in Category 1, 18 and Under, with a time of 2:54.63. Alexander "Xander" Geddes was fifth in 2:58.40.

In Open Women, Miranda Miller of Squamish placed third, not too far behind Jill Kintner of Seattle and Holly Feniak of Sechelt. North Vancouver's Danice Uyesui was fifth.

Remi Gauvin of the B.C. Team placed first in Open Men by half a second with a time of 2:43.10. Whistler's Tyler Allison was fifth in 2:47.57. Nick Geddes, returning to racing after battling leukemia last season, was a solid 16th out of 40 riders in 2:56.18.

Brandon Baker of Pemberton raced alone in the Hardtail Open category, posting a time of three minutes, 16.50 seconds on the Dry Hill course.

Kenzie Wade raced in Category 3 Women Open, placing second with a time of 4:23.31.

Round Two of the NW CUP series is at Port Angeles from April 26 to 29.

Every Woman conference

This April 27 to 29 marks the ninth running of the Whistler Every Woman in the World Conference, a three-day event packed with workshops, socials, group activities and motivational speakers. Many of the workshops and events promote health and wellness, although others teach financial planning, career planning and more.

A complete schedule and list of programs is at www.everywomanintheworld.com, but some of the workshops on the list include nordic walking, learning to mountain bike, kayaking, yoga, nia, Boot Camp, Gyrokinesis, hypnotherapy, pelvic floor fitness, Bellyfit, Astrology, various dance classes, martial arts, and more.

For locals that have accommodation you can purchase workshops a la carte and buy tickets for social events as well. For more, visit the website.

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