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West Side Wheel Up marks end of race season

Details set for fundraising bike race next month
wheels west The 2012 Westside Wheel Up is set for Sept. 15 at noon starting from Function Junction and ending at Rainbow Park, where a party is planned. file photo

Phil Chew has a challenge for Whistler bike riders.

The West Side Wheel Up race director has been organizing the race for the last 12 years of its 19-year history and he's calling on Whistler riders to come out for the last big mountain bike event of the year.

The event is set for Sept. 15 and one of the top prizes this year is a season's pass to Whistler Blackcomb.

Chew said more than $4,000 was raised through the race last year for the B.C. Disabled Ski Team.

"We give that out in bursaries to disabled athletes and this year I'm hoping that there will be more WORCA members that will come out to the race," said Chew.

Last year, the event attracted 123 racers and he said that was the largest number of competitors to ever take part in the West Side Wheel Up. He pointed out the number was one racer higher than the previous record.

Chew wants WORCA members, who are used to racing for only a toonie, to know that while the entry fee for the Wheel Up is $25 the proceeds go to a good cause, and each rider is eligible for some great prizes.

Registration for the race will open at 10 a.m. at the Whistler Brewing Company on Miller Creek Road in Function Junction. The race will start at noon and follow the traditional West Side route with the finish line at Rainbow Park.

Chew says a celebration will follow the race with a barbecue, music and a beer garden.