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Canada Day toonie ride heads to interpretive trails

Chromag Bikes and North Shore Billet are hosting the Canada Day toonie ride tonight (July 1), with a selection of trails in the Interpretive Forest.

Sign-on and the after-party are at Chromag headquarters in Function Junction, with food by Deep Powder Catering and DJ Selechtah-Russ providing the music.

The post-race event is the now annual Chromag Show and Shine, where Chromag hardtail riders show off their custom rigs in a bid to win Best In Show awards. Registration cards will be available at sign-on.

The July 8 Toonie Ride is also the first stage of the Four Queens race. Hosted by Slope Side Supply, the race is a time trial on the West Side, with registration at the top of Cardiac Hill (opposite Nita Lake employee housing) and the finish at the Gravel Pit.

The course includes Lower Sproatt, Beaver Lake, Danimal North, Whip Me Snip Me, Flank, Rebob, Get Over It and a chunk of the Emerald Forest.

Registration gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and the races at 6:30 p.m.


Volunteers invited to WORCA trail day

On Saturday, July 3 WORCA will be hosting it's fifth volunteer trail day of the season. Meet at the Lost Lake Lodge (entrance to Lost Lake) at 9 a.m. and come prepared to work three or four hours in the woods. That means proper clothing and footwear, bug spray, suntan lotion, water and snack, sturdy gloves and whatever tools you have that you feel might be useful.

This event is being sponsored by Dirt Series Camps, which is providing food and post-grunt refreshments.


Four Queens seeking vollees

The four-day Four Queens mountain bike stage race is approaching quickly, taking place from July 8 to 11 in Whistler and Pemberton.

The first day follows the Slope Side Supply Toonie Ride course on July 8, which is a time trial event. The second day is a top-to-bottom race from the Garbanzo Zone to the village in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Saturday, day three, is a two-part ride featuring a morning race through the no-flow zone surrounding Emerald Estates and an afternoon time trial on PHD in the Rutherford area north of Whistler. The fourth and final day is a technical, long distance race around Pemberton.

Race director Tony Horn is seeking additional volunteers to help out with the event, especially during Friday's race through the bike park. A volunteer shift is from 3:30 p.m. to roughly 7 p.m., as all 120 riders make the descent.

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