Some Toonie Ride hosts will time every rider, others will stop counting after the first three men and women and top juniors are across the line. But for the annual Slope Side Supply and Samurai Sushi ride everybody gets a time.
The format, as always, is a time trial, with participants starting 10 seconds apart. You pass and get passed, and when you get to the end you know how fast you were.
Registration gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at the service road on top of Cardiac Hill, just opposite the Nita Lake employee housing complex on Alta Lake Road. From there the course climbs Lower Sproatt, circles the Beaver Lake Trail, winds down Danimal North, hauls back up Whip Me Snip Me, crosses Rainbow Creek and then follows Bob's Rebob and Get Over It to the road crossing and a final section of Emerald Forest. The course length is about 10 km.
Participants in this year's Four Queens race will leave from 6 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.
The following week's Toonie, July 15, is sponsored by Whistler Real Estate and Race and Co, starting and finishing at Blackcomb Base. The trails include a selection of trails on Blackcomb and through Lost Lake Park.
WORCA clinics begin July 13
The Cross Country Connection and local pros will be leading cross-country clinics every two weeks starting on Tuesday, July 13, geared to beginner and intermediate riders who want to learn or brush up on their bike skills.
The cost is $10 for WORCA members to take part, with sign-in at 5:30 p.m. at the Cross Country Connection rental outlet at the entrance to Lost Lake Park. Rides get underway at 6 p.m.
The course is being planned as a series, building skills each week but you can show up at any time. There will also be a beginner group each week.
More information at www.worca.com.
Routley fifth at Yaletown
Whistler's Will Routley kicked off B.C. Superweek in Yaletown on Canada Day with a fifth place finish in the Yaletown Grand Prix - a high-speed rip through the streets of Yaletown with tens of thousands of spectators on the sidelines.
It was a heavyweight battle, with Routley sticking with three former teammates - winner Svein Tuft, Andrew Pinfold, and Christian Meier, as well as Adrian Hegyvary until the finish. Routley was on his own once again, while Tuft and Meier are with the Garmin-Transition team and Pinfold and Hegybary with United Healthcare presented by Maxxis.
Routley, who won the national road championship the previous week, will likely race in the three-day Tour de Delta this weekend, and possibly the Tour de White Rock the following weekend.
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