Retro dual slalom this Friday 

Long before there was the slopestyle or marathons or freeride mountain biking, there was the mountain bike dual slalom. The name of the game was to be fast, stay in control, and get through the gates to the finish line faster than the racer beside you.

Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) is bringing the golden years back on Friday, June 22, with a race at the base of Whistler Mountain. The cost is $5 for LUNA members, and $7 for non-members.

Whistler-Blackcomb has donated its optical timing system to the race to ensure the results are accurate, and setting an easy but fast course on the access road above Excalibur Gondola. You need a bike and a helmet to take part, and prizes will be given for the top finishers and best retro outfits from the ’80s and ’90s.

Registration will take place before Friday’s race. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. All racers must be 18 or over.

Riders taking part can use the LUNA race as a warm-up for the Telus Dual Slalom, which will take place during the Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival next month.

 

Hash Run returns on Tuesday

The second Hash Harrier run of the season will take place on Tuesday, June 26. The course is secret, but the challenge will be the same as always — working together as a running pack to follow clues on the trail and locate the hare. All abilities are able to run together, as the fastest runners follow false trails and call out when they find the right path.

The event will be organized by Whistler Running Experience and is sponsored by the Escape Route and the Cinnamon Bear Bar and Grille in the Hilton Whistler Resort.

The cost is $5 to take part, which includes refreshments and a chance to win prizes donated by Sugoi, Salomon, Adidas Eyewear and Escape Route. There will also be free entries to the annual Rubble Creek Classic.

 

Seven steps to Sport for Life

Canada has developed a new seven-stage model for Long Term Athlete Development, that is about to be widely adopted by sports organizations across the country.

Among other things, the model creates a system for learning and developing sport-specific skills at the youngest ages, and a schedule for athletes that will go on to specialize in a few sports at a high level of competitiveness, right up to the Olympic level. The program also includes a plan to keep Canadians involved in sports for their entire lives.

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