Rider wins 10 year bike park passes 

To celebrate its 10 th year in operation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park offered a 10-year pass for the winner of a mash up video contest, where riders were challenged to assemble stock footage into a bike park video. The videos were judged on originality, branding, and “stoke factor.”

Aaron LaRoque of Vancouver Island won the top-prize, a Whistler Mountain Bike Park pass that is good for the next 10 years.

The winner of the prize draw, which was open to everyone who submitted a video, was Vancouver’s Eric So. So won a Whistler Mountain Bike Park edition Kona Stab Garbanzo mountain bike.

Judges went through 120 videos, triple the number they expected.


Cline back on ski cross team

Pro ski cross athlete Aleisha Cline has come out of retirement to vie for a spot on the national team and a chance to compete at home in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Cline, who hails from Kelowna and now calls Squamish home, took a break from competing and is now a mother of two.

At one time Cline was the most dominant ski cross racer in the world, with four wins at X Games, and wins in other pro events. She was ESPN’s Female Skier of the Year in 2001, as well as the 2001 World Tour Freeskiing Champion. In July she traveled to Australia where she won an international event, proving that she still has her edge.

This month she joined the national ski cross team for a training camp at Farnham Glacier, sharing the course with snowboardcross athletes. Whistlerites on the team include Ashleigh McIvor, Julia Murray, Brian Bennett and Davey Barr,


Segger sixth in AR world championships

Team DART-nuun was ranked 14 th after the 14 th checkpoint at the Eco Motion Adventure Race Championships in Brazil last week, but as in past races they got faster as the event wore on. With nine checkpoints remaining, DART-nuun picked up the pace and worked their way up to sixth place. They even passed one team on the final trekking stage to the finish line.

Squamish adventure racer Jen Segger is a member of DART-nuun, and in her blog said that the top-15 teams were in a “full battle from start to finish, there was always a team near you chasing you down.”

It wasn’t an easy race, with only 24 of 40 teams reaching the finish line. The race also had its controversies, mainly over a stage where adventure race teams were paired up with a sailboat. The teams argued that the sailing time should be thrown out, because it was one element of the race that was out of their control. Some questioned the decisions made by their captains, while others lost time when the win died down.

Organizers listened, and agreed to remove the sailing stage when figuring out the overall time.

The course started with a 13 km trekking stage, followed by a paddling and trekking stage of over 87 km, a mountain bike stage of 106 km, another trekking section, a ropes section, a canyoning section, more biking, another 60 km paddling section, and more biking and trekking as well as the sailing section. In totally the course was 529 km, with 246 km of biking, 141 km of paddling, 110 km of trekking, 32 km of sailing, and various obstacles that didn’t add distance but gobbled up time.


For the record

In last week’s story on La Ruta racers, it was suggested that Mike Charuk was racing for the first time. Actually, he won his category in the 2007 race, and is returning this year to defend his title.

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