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The cost is $25 for SORCA members or $35 for non-members

The ride is based out of the campground. You have to pay to park and no dogs are permitted.

The ride is typically on beginner trails with some intermediate sections. The winning rider/team is the one with the most laps completed before the 8 p.m. cutoff. Riders on course before that time will be able to finish their laps.

For more information visit www.sorca.ca.

 

Olympic foundation board resigns en masse

The entire board of the Canadian Olympic Foundation - the fundraising wing of the Canadian Olympic Committee - resigned en masse this week after failing to reach an agreement with the committee over how much say the group should have over spending.

The foundation raises millions of dollars annually for sports organizations and athletes. It was behind the successful Red Mittens campaign during the 2010 Games that raised over $4 million for athletes.

The root of the resignations is an ongoing dispute between foundation board members over funding priorities and the fact that their input is not considered by the COC when making funding decisions. The board entered into talks with the COC but no agreement was reached.

The COC said they will be replacing the board and don't expect the mass resignation to have any impact on fundraising efforts.

 

Sochi following Vancouver's example

The International Olympic Committee completed an inspection of venues at 2014 Olympic host Sochi last week, where, like Vancouver, there's a huge emphasis on having venues completed at least two years in advance of the Games.

It's a tall order, as an entire rail-serviced mountain resort is currently under construction. It will host the alpine, snowboard, freestyle and sliding events. However, the on-snow venues themselves have been completed and will host their first test events this winter, starting with a FIS European Cup competition for alpine skiing.

There was snow in the mountains for the IOC's recent inspection. And this season the resort will also test a new snow making system.

"We have already started testing Sochi's operational readiness to host the Winter Games - three years before the Games are staged," said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 organizing committee. "Starting in January 2011, 74 test events will be held here, including 29 international events. It would be he equivalent of hosting two Olympic and Paralympic Games before the Games are actually staged."

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