Despite the rain and a freak snowstorm last Thursday there was a solid turnout for the opening Toonie Ride of the season, which took place on the dark blue Shit Happens trail in Emerald Estates.
Tonight's Toonie Ride heads back to the same neighbourhood, starting at the Emerald Reservoir. The course includes the first part of Shit Happens, Big Kahuna, Trial and Error and Section 102 - although riders can feel free to cut themselves off before Section 102 and head to the après at Edgewater.
Online registration is recommended at www.worca.com to beat the early season lineups at the sign-on table. Memberships are $40 for adults and $25 for youths 18 and under, and there's a $2 fee to ride. Sign-in is at 5:30 p.m. and the race starts at 6:30 p.m.
Next week's Toonie Ride is scheduled for Lost Lake and is sponsored by Wild Willies and the Longhorn Saloon. Sign-on is at Spruce Grove Park, and organizers are asking racers to bring a donation to the food bank.
Team Whistler bringing back Tuesday rides
Team Whistler is getting ready to resume the team's Tuesday Night Rides for roadies on May 18, meeting at Skiis and Biikes SnowCovers on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. for sign-on. Rides range from 40 to 60 km and typically routes include Alta Lake Road, rides to Whistler Olympic Park, and hill climbs, but there are usually choices depending on whether you're joining the moderate or fast groups. All levels of riders are welcome and a workout is guaranteed. Along the ride members of Team Whistler share tips to improve your skills, speed and endurance.
The Tuesday rides are also a great way to train for the Vancouver-to-Whistler Gran Fondo in September.
For more information on the rides and registration, visit www.teamwhistler.ca.
Trail Running clinics get underway May 18
The Escape Route is bringing back its weekly trail running clinics on May 18, meeting at the shop at Marketplace at 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday for registration before taking off as a group to the trails. Depending on numbers the group is usually split up by experience and ability. Runs are typically three quarters of an hour.
The monthly hash runs will return in June, and will take place the last Tuesday of the month through the summer. If you've never taken part, a hash run has participants following symbols on the ground as they work their way to a secret location and finish line. All levels of runners can do it together, with the faster runners scouting out the trails ahead for more signs while the slower runners catch up.
As well, there will be a few orienteering events this year, the Rubble Rocks on June 8 and the Swamp Thing on June 22 in recognition of the Barebones and Western Canadian Orienteering Championships in Whistler from July 9 to 12. The Tuesday events won't require a compass and will revolve around finding rock outcrops and swamps respectively.
The cost is $5 to take part, which includes the chance to win draw prizes and refreshments at the end of the run.
Whistler Street Hockey tournament open to all
On May 29, Day Lot 4 will be turned into a pair of street hockey rinks for the annual Whistler Street Hockey tournament. The format is four-on-four, and teams of five are recommended.
The cost is $200 per team plus taxes, which includes the after party and barbecue at the Longhorn Saloon with musical guests The Fall of Summer and Bel Riose, as well as tournament T-shirts, a rinkside lunch and two drink tickets. Every team is guaranteed three games in the round robin before the playoffs get underway.
The tournament is co-ed, and the only gear you need is a stick.
There are spots for 16 teams in total, and registration is open until May 22.
To register a team visit www.whistlerstreethockey.com.
Whistler Disc Golf tees off
The Whistler Disc Golf Club is entering its third season and will be hosting regular events at the links at Spruce Grove.
There is a random doubles event on 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, meeting at the fourth hole.
Memberships are $5 and the doubles tournament is $2 per person, with an option of putting another $2 into the "acepot" for hole-in-one shots. Guys and girls welcome.
Also, the second annual Par None locals tournament, sponsored by the club and Katmandu, will take place on June 12.
For more information on the club, doubles night and Par None, visit www.whistlerdiscgolf.com.
Still time to register for MOMAR Squamish
Mind Over Mountain Adventure Racing is still accepting registration to take part in their Squamish event on May 22, which features a 50 km enduro course for experienced racers and a 30 km sport course for beginners.
Squamish Adventure Racer Jen Segger has again designed the route, which will offer a mix of trekking, trail running, orienteering and mountain biking, as well as the famous rappel station.
At press time over 180 athletes were registered to take part, either as solo racers, teams of two or teams of four.
The last minute fee to race is $170 per racer, which includes the race, aid stations and after-party. There is also a fee for completing a rappel course.
More information on the event is available online at www.mindovermountain.com.
Gold Rush longboarding competition is back
The quiet community of Britannia Beach has again put its mountain road to radical use by hosting the second annual Gold Rush Challenge - a downhill skateboard race on Copper Drive, where top speeds are over 100 km/h and longboarders have to negotiate five corners (including three hairpin turns). Organizers are calling it the "most aggressive downhill race track in North America."
The event takes place on May 29-30, with $2,000 in prize money up for grabs and 196 spots available. Visit www.goldrushchallenge.ca for details.
Golf clothing company hosting rundraiser
Forged Apparel, a Canadian golf apparel company based out of Whistler, is hosting a product launch party on May 25 at noon at Nicklaus North Golf Club. The event will show off Forged Apparel's line of bamboo and cotton blend clothing, while raising funds for B.C. Children's Hospital through green fees collected. In addition to the tournament there will be a Big Break glass shattering contest to raise funds as well as prizes and draws through the day. More information is at the Forged Apparel page on Facebook, and by calling Tod Hardie at firstname.lastname@example.org.