Routley ninth in Malaysian stage race 

Whistler's Will Routley placed ninth in the general classification in the Jelajah Malaysia after eight hot, humid stages. Routley's time was 29 hours, 34 minutes and 15 seconds, less than three minutes back of Australia's Timothy Roe.

The race was 1,247 km in total, and Routley averaged more than 42 km/h from start to finish to lead Team Jelly Belly.

While he didn't podium on any of the stages Routley finished fourth twice and was in the top-10 three other times to rank ninth out of 97 finishers. He was also the only Canadian in the race, while teammate Matthew Rice of Australia also had a solid race to place 17 th in the final general classification.

Callaghan Country XC trails still open

The Lost Lake Trails and Whistler Olympic Park may be closed for the season but there are still opportunities to ski at Callaghan Country until the last day of operations on May 2. To celebrate the last day there will be a group ski at 9 a.m., starting at the Callaghan Country base. There will be free skiing and a free picnic at the lodge for anyone who comes out, but organizers ask that you call 604-938-0616 or e-mail reservations@callaghancountry.com if you want to take part so they have an idea how many skiers to expect.

Touch rugby kicks off June 3

Rugby is still rugby, even without the hits, rucks, mauls, scrums and other forms of contact that make it one of the toughest sports on the planet.

On June 3, Mark Baldwin and Joanne Brighouse are bringing social touch rugby to Whistler, taking the contact out to make the sport more accessible. You can be a beginner with no experience, or a veteran who has taken too many knocks to continue playing contact rugby.

Each team should have roughly 10 players, with six players on the field at any given time. It's also a co-ed league, and each team must have female players on the field at all times.

The basics are the same as rugby where players can run and kick forward, but must pass the ball backwards as they move up field. A two-handed touch stops the play, as do out-of-bounds balls, knock-ons, and other infractions. It's easy to play, and there are only a few rules to keep in mind.

Equipment is also minimal. Players should bring one light and one dark shirt to games, and some kind of turf cleat will also be helpful. All the skills can be taught.

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