The invasion of World Cup riders like Sam Hill put the Mount 7 Pyschosis podium out of reach for most riders, but Whistler racers still finished with medals.
The Mount 7 Psychosis is one of the longest and steepest downhill races in the world, following a trail that drops about 1,200 metres in 5 km.
Whistler’s Tyler Morland finished third this year after winning the previous three years. He placed behind World Cup champion Hill of Australia, and fellow Cove Sram rider Steve Smith. Hill killed the course with a time of 12 minutes and 49 seconds, Smith came in at 13:01.27, and Morland at 13:12.40.
J.S. Therrien placed 12 th in 14:34.60, Chad Onyschuk 23 rd in 15:17.13 out of a field of 60 starters.
Whistler’s Claire Buchar was the top woman in 16:53.65, well ahead of Margaret Degrace in 17:15.11, and Michelle Dumaresq in 20:17.37.
Kevin Phelps once again dominated the hardtail category, finishing the course ijn 15:12.27. Trevor Lumley was second in 17:25.02, and Yoshito Tsuji of Whistler third in 21:49.74.
In the sport women’s race, Kari Mancer was second in 22:59.50, while Aimee Dunn placed fourth in 24:53.95.
There was also a shorter race for riders that did not want to do the top section of the course, which features a steep fall line groove down through some alpine shale.
Found names for Gearjammer
In last week’s coverage of the Squamish Gearjammer, we missed a few Whistler riders.
Scott Brunning placed 48 th overall and second in the Male 50 to 59 category for the 47 km race in 3:10:47.
Yojiro Hiki placed ninth in Male 20 to 29 in a time of 3:44:18.
Chris Susko was 25 th in Male 35 to 39 in 3:46:43.
Ru Mehta placed 30 th in the same category in 4:01:15.
Dann Greenway was 10 th in Male 20 to 29 in 4:02:06.
Larry Falcon placed 14 th in Male 45 to 49 in 4:02:19.
Parry Pollock was 32 nd in Male 35 to 39 in 4:02:54.
Penny Cameron was first in Female 40 to 44 in 4:06:42.
Mike Hawes was second in Male 60 and Over in 4:09:32.
Jung Park placed 11 th in Male 20 to 29 in 4:17:02.
Beverly Baker was first in Female 20 to 29 in 4:38:06.
Katsuna Hiroji placed 28 th in Male 40 to 44 in 4:39:07.
Hiromichi Miura was 13 th in Male Under 20 in 4:39:21.
Symmetrics dominates rest of Super Week
After earning the top three spots in the Tour de White Rock on July 14, the Symmetrics Cycling team followed up with strong showings in the Tour de Gastown on July 18 and Tour de Delta on July 21.
In slippery conditions, Svein Tuft placed third in the Tour de Gastown for the men, while teammate Leah Goldstein placed second for the women — not the results the team was hoping for, but the best that they could expect with the tough conditions.
Symmetrics made up for it in the Tour de Delta, with Andrew Pinford winning the men’s race, and teammates Zach Gell and Christian Meier joining him in the top-10. The lead group had more than 49 riders by the end of the tough race, and finished within one second of Pinfold. Whistler’s Will Routley, who won the Tour de White Rock the previous Sunday, stayed with the group to finish 17 th — 0.14 seconds back of Pinfold.
Minor Hockey League gearing up for season
The Whistler Minor Hockey Association (WMHA) is getting ready for the upcoming season by hosting a hockey skills and scrimmage camp before the start of the school year.
The camp will run from Sept. 3 to 7, and will be led by WHMA coach Kevin Sopp. Kids aged six to 17 are invited, with limited space for 75 skaters.
The camp will feature two on-ice sessions per day — a skills session for an hour and 15 minutes, and a controlled scrimmage for an hour. For Bantam players there will be skills training on body contact, while Pee Wee players will focus on angling.
The group will be divided into two camps, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.
The fee is $150, which includes ice time.
Registration forms will be available at Sportstop in Whistler Village or by contacting Kevin or Jennifer Sopp at email@example.com . All players must pre-register for insurance reasons, and no last-minute registrations can be accepted.
In addition to camps, the WMHA has announced plans to field rep teams for Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget divisions, with tryouts in early September.
Having rep teams will depend on having enough players in that age division to form both rep and recreational teams (28 players or more), with at least 14 players who want to play at the rep level. Coaches will also evaluate skill level to determine if the team can be competitive at the rep level, which will face the top rep teams from hockey associations throughout Sea to Sky and the Lower Mainland.
The Atom tryouts are on Sept. 8-9 at 9 a.m. and on Sept. 12 at 3:45 p.m. Pee Wee tryouts are Sept. 8-9 at 10:30 a.m. and Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Bantam tryouts are Sept. 8-9 at 3:15 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Midget tryouts are Sept. 8-9 at 4:45 p.m. and Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Regular practices will start on or after Sept. 15.
Once again, the WMHA will field a girls’ Midget team for players aged 12-17. The B.C. Amateur Hockey Association has announced changes that will make the leagues more balanced this year.