Sports Briefs: NimbyFifty registration opens Feb. 15 

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The fourth annual NimbyFifty bike race in Pemberton is set to open registration on Friday, Feb. 15, with 400 spots available for the May 25 event.

The organizers confirmed this week that the Red Bull Downtime event — a separately timed downhill race-within-a-race on Overnight Sensation — will be back this year, while the course will remain more or less the same.

This year's race overlaps a World Cup event so it's unlikely that Catharine Pendrel will be in the women's field this year. There's a chance that Max Plaxton may race as he recovers from an injury, and could choose to race close to home before joining the World Cup tour.

"We actually considered running the event a week later, but that's the same weekend as the Whistler Half Marathon and we thought that could create a few conflicts as well so we kept it to the last Saturday in May," said Russ Wood, one of the event's three race directors.

Once again the organizers are planning cash prizes of $1,000 each for the top male and female, plus prizes for second and third. As well, there's $250 for the top male and female in the Red Bull Downtime race, and organizers are looking at the possibility of adding race primes to the course as well.

New this year, Chrissy Redden and Greg Day of TaG Cycling in Whistler, will be hosting a series of coaching days leading up the event to familiarize riders with the sometimes technical course and prepare them for the 37km epic — including the long climb up 11.2km/101 switchback Big Nimby trail.

Also new, organizers say there's a possibility that camping could be offered at North Arm Farm, where the race starts and finishes. Papa Josh has already been booked for the post-race party and barbecue.

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

Freestylers on podium at Castle Mountain

Three skiers from Whistler headed to Castle Mountain, Alberta this past weekend to take part in Moguls and Dual Moguls Canadian Series event.

In the opening single moguls competition, Nicola Halliwell placed fifth in the qualifier and moved up to fourth overall in the finals. Sofiane Gagnon qualified in ninth, but crashed and placed 10th. Daichi Hara was fourth in both the qualifier and finals.

In the dual moguls, Halliwell qualified first and won all of her duals to place first overall. Gagnon,13, advanced to the finals where she lost to Halliwell, but picked up the silver medal. Hara placed third, losing his semi-final dual, but winning the consolation round.

Halliwell is a member of the BC Freestyle Ski Team while Hara and Gagnon are both club skiers with the Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club.

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