Adventure racers host slideshow 

This past year the team of Gary Robbins and Todd Nowack became the first team to ever sweep the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Racing series. Robbins and Nowack were also part of a team that placed 16 th in the XPD challenge in Australia over the summer, as well as the Baja Travesia where they were among the teams that needed rescuing after six metre waves drove their boats into the rocks.

To recount the season, as well as raise funds for next year, Robbins and Nowack have put together a multimedia slideshow called Pushing the Limits. The first presentation is in Vancouver on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the new Helly Hansen store at 766 Granville Street. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the slideshow is at 7 p.m. Everything in the store will be on sale for 15 per cent off.

On Sunday, Nov. 25 they will be presenting at Frontrunners Footwear in Victoria, 735 Goldstream Ave. The doors open at 6 p.m. and everything in the store is 20 per cent off.

Admission is by donation for both events, and proceeds from both events will go to Team Helly Hansen/MOMAR for the 2008 season. To reserve a seat email , or call 604-999-3331.


Klunkerz gets to the roots of mountain biking

Although bikes have always gone off-road (the first pedal models in the 1800s probably spent most of their time on dirt roads and cobblestone streets), and there are examples of mountain bikes from the 1950s and 1960s it’s widely agreed that the sport of mountain biking originated in the 1970s with riders in California and Colorado adapting road bikes to better handle bumpy mountain roads at higher speeds. There are differing accounts as to what group did what and first — a lively debate amongst riders — but whoever is right they can only really claim to be the next stage of the same progression.

During the Whistler Film Festival, filmmaker Billy Savage will be showing his documentary on the birth of mountain biking, titled Klunkerz.

The film has been traveling to film festivals for the past year. It is the product of three years of interviews and collecting footage of the original crew in Marin County, California. The interviewees are Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Mike Sinyard, Charlie Kelly, Steve Potts, Wende Cragg, Charlie Cunningham, Alan Bonds, Jacquie Phelan, and other pioneers of the sport.

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