Letters to the editor 

It’s disappointing to see Whistler lose a premier mountain bike event like the Joyride Bikercross. When Paddy Kaye and Chris Winter created this event it was a concept that was virtually unknown to the world. Now the bikercross format is a standard discipline in almost any major mountain bike event around the globe.

Their vision of the future of mountain biking helped to put Whistler on the map as a leader in the progression of the sport. The event itself was one of the most professionally run competitions out there. Joyride was a product that did an outstanding job of entertaining the fans, promoting the businesses and most uniquely, treating the athletes with a great deal of respect and gratitude. It was truly a class act and Whistler was the perfect venue. Thanks to Paddy and Chris for bringing this level of character and integrity to the mountain bike community in Whistler.

Its too bad to see you go. Sun Peaks just got a little richer.

Ian Ritz



We recognize that Paul McElligott and his BC Rail team made earnest efforts to operate a profitable passenger rail service, but sadly it did not happen. BC Rail was a "public" operator and lacked the business attitudes and competitive nature found in the private sector. The fact that they did not succeed now opens the door for private operators to bring the right mix of factors for a successful passenger rail service to and from Whistler. Whistler Rail Tours intends to service the market with modern, fuel efficient, self-propelled rail cars, which are priced far below what BC Rail estimated replacement Budd cars would cost. Further, the rail unions have now agreed to reduce their crews from five people to two. This is a significant cost saving. While Mr. McElligott states that success is based on the right "market demand and market conditions", we contend that the key is good market ing . That is our strongest suit and Whistler will clearly benefit from this strategy. While the business plan is primarily constructed around rail tour traffic, it is the base from which point-to-point traffic will unfold.

West Jet is an example of an enterprise that started at a time other airlines were failing. While Air Canada lingers on the brink of collapse, West Jet is a growing, thriving and profitable airline. Many point to their "attitude" toward their customers and their high standard of "service" as the reasons for their outstanding success. Try as they might, BC Rail was not known for their great attitude and high standard of service. Whistler Rail Tours will succeed because of our commitment to great marketing, reliable modern equipment and devotion to a very high standard of service.

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