Sports Briefs 

Sunday Loonie a success

The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association held a pre-season Loonie Race at Lost Lake on Sunday, taking advantage of the early season conditions to kick off the mountain bike season. About 90 racers took part in the first event, a potluck dinner followed with WORCA providing the refreshments.

The course was short by most Loonie standards, but long enough to make things interesting. The race started and finished in Lost Lake Park and included Upper Panorama, Tin Pants, the White Gold Traverse, two sections of the RMOW’s new singletrack, the Hydro Hill climb to the Molly Hogan trail.

The winner of the first race was Dave Burch, who finished the race in just over 23 minutes. Chad Miles was a close second, while Kevin Phelps, racing on a singlespeed bike, was third.

Tobi Henderson was the top female, followed by Sylvie Allen.

Tyler Allison was the top junior.

The official start to the Thursday night Loonie Race season is the Al Grey Memorial on April 21. Races will be held ever week through to the end of September.

WORCA’s annual bike swap, a fundraiser for the club’s youth programs, is on April 23 at the base of Creekside, in the square outside of Dusty’s. Details will be finalized in the coming weeks.

Pemberton Valley to open Thursday

The Pemberton Valley Golf and Country Club will open for the season Thursday, March 17 – the earliest opening in the history of the club.

Early season rates are $35, and unlimited season passes are on sale for $999.

Dave "Chops" Callum has moved in to the head pro position, taking over from Mike White.

Rock and Doris will be back to run the restaurant, starting with breakfast on opening day.

For more information visit www.pembertongolf.com.

Whoosh second in second tier

The Whistler Whoosh women’s volleyball team had another strong outing, finishing second in Provincial Tier II competition at the March Madness tournament in Burnaby on Saturday.

The Whoosh, which are sponsored by Whistler Cable and Merlin’s, were strong in pool play and advanced to the finals with a strong semi-finals game.

The team includes coach Bill Sirota, and players Carlee Howell, Sue Oliver, Veronika Voracek, Ogla Achiardi, Mairi Smith, Myrna Iaconetti Bush, Melanie Bernier, Klylie Spicer and Karine Serra.

Dirt track fundraiser on Friday

The Green River Riding Club, which runs the Pemerton dirt track, is hosting an all ages fundraiser for the club this Friday, March 18 at the Longhorn. The festivities get underway at 8 p.m.

Kids are welcome to this event, which will feature motocross race videos, door prizes and more. All of the proceeds from beer sales and prize draws will go towards the track, which opens for the season on April 2. To learn more about the GRRC and its programs, visit www.grrc.ca or call the club hotline at 604-966-8427.

Sprite Series Slopestyle

The Sprite Park Rider Sessions continue this Sunday, March 20 with a slopestyle event on Blackcomb. The B.C. Freestyle Ski Championships are in town this weekend, so expect the skier categories to be a little crowded – register early to guarantee yourself a spot. You can sign up in advance at any Whistler-Blackcomb Ski School Sales or Guest Relations location, or on the day of the competition in the Rendezvous Lodge until 9:45 a.m.

Helmets are mandatory and mouthguards are strongly recommended. You’ll also need a highest level terrain park pass and an event waiver if you’re under 18. The cost is $20, and every event is followed by a prize draw that includes skis and snowboards from Atomic, as well as prizes from Nintendo, Showcase Snowboards and Glacier Shop.

King of the Rails cancelled

Due to the conditions and the end of Night Moves on March 12, the final King of the Rail rail jam on March 19 was cancelled.

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