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Bike sale fundraiser supports cycling programs, clinics

WORCA bike swap on Saturday

The WORCA Bike Swap will take place on Saturday, April 22 at Creekside, which will also be the site of Whistler’s 2006 Earth Day festival. Bus transportation is free all day if you need help getting to the sale.

The cost is $2 per item to sell any type of bike or bike equipment, as well as 15 per cent of any purchases under $1,000 and 10 per cent of any purchases over $1,000. All proceeds will go to Whistler’s youth cycling programs, including camps, evening clinics for younger riders, a grant to the high school mountain bike team, and a new scholarship.

For people wishing to sell items the drop-off is between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and the swap is open until 4 p.m. that afternoon. All participants must pick up unsold items by 4 p.m.

This year purchasers will be able to pay by cheque and credit card, although people paying by credit card will be asked to pay a small surcharge to cover the processing cost. The Franz’s Trail Scotia Bank will also be open on Saturday for larger withdrawals.

Team Whistler in Harris Roubaix

The first B.C. Cup road race of the season was the April 9 Harris Roubaix Classic on a course that features gravel and dirt sections. This year the off-road sections became a mud-pit, cranking up the difficulty level another notch. Team Whistler, a local team of road and mountain bikers, took part with mixed results.

Jennifer Tabenor won the sprint in her chase group to finish 11 th overall, while Trevor Hopkins managed a ninth in the Category 3 race. Joe Maika couldn’t see, but still managed 12 th in Category 4. Josh Stott also finished the race in the chase pack.

On the flipside of the coin, Lloyd Thomas flatted out with four laps to go, while Will Routley, who rides for Team Symmetrics, had several flats and spent most of his day trying to bridge up to the chase group.

Squamish Thunder postponed

The 10 mile/16 km Squamish Thunder trail running race scheduled for Sunday, April 16 was postponed due to Friday’s snowfall accumulation in Alice Lake Provincial Park. More than 30 cm fell in some areas, and more was in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

The organizers are planning to reschedule the Thunder for a later date, which will be announced at once it has been confirmed. The Sea to Sky Trail Running Series is offering registered runners the choice of getting a refund or a credit for the rescheduled Thunder or another trail run this season.

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