Downhill championship fundraiser on Tuesday 

A fundraiser to send local downhillers Katrina Strand, Claire Buchar and Brook Baker to the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Italy at the end of August will take place on Tuesday at the GLC.

Although all three have qualified for the national team, no downhill athletes receive funding from the Canadian Cycling Association because it’s not an Olympic sport, and they are therefore forced to pay their own way, with some help from sponsors.

The fundraiser will feature Led Zepplin cover band Whole Lotta Led, as well as a prize draw and silent auction featuring dozens of items donated by the three riders’ sponsors. All proceeds from the event will go towards travel expenses.

Tickets are available in advance at Evolution for $15 and are $20 at the door.

Registration deadline for Every Woman in the World Conference

End of day Friday, July 29 is the registration deadline for the second annual Every Woman in the World Conference, a three-day event featuring dozens of health, wellness, beauty and arts workshops for women of all ages.

A pass to all workshops is $189. The price was kept low by the fact that most of the workshop instructors are donating their time. A $459 pass is also available that includes two nights accommodation, as well as breakfast, lunch, the wine tasting on Friday and the Celebration of Movement dinner on Saturday. Tickets to those events are available separately.

A complete list of workshops is available online at .

Samurai of Singletrack deadline nearing

The window of opportunity for past participants to sign up for the fifth annual Samurai of Singletrack mountain bike epic on Sept. 17 is closing. After Monday, Aug. 1, any unfilled spots will be available to the public.

Rather than giving those spots out on a first-come, first-served basis, organizers Tony Horn and Ru Mehta are asking candidates to write 100 words or less explaining why they should be chosen to participate. The winners will be chosen at the end of August.

The Samurai of Singletrack is an epic mountain bike ride, capped at 100 riders, that will run for seven years. It’s not a race exactly, although some participants will be watching the clock, but a ride that features some of the most technical singletrack trails around the valley. Competitors last year took between five and 13 hours to complete the course.

The course for this year’s event won’t be announced until the Thursday before the event at the Loonie Race and in Pique Newsmagazine.

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