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Betty vs. Veronica sold out and other WORCA news

The inaugural women's only Betty vs. Veronica bike race sold out last week, even after raising the cap by 20 additional spots after checking in with the Squamish Lil'wat Culture Centre to see how much capacity was left for the aprés-race party.

That means there will be 200 women on the start line.

As well, the event booked up with male volunteers during the first week, and the organizers may auction off a few race spots held back or volunteer spots to benefit the event's charity, the Howe Sound Women's Centre. The Centre is in the process of creating a space in Whistler.

The ride itself takes place on Saturday, Aug. 27, with two races. In the morning, competitors will take on the Crank It Up trail in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. In the afternoon, it's a 15 km mountain bike ride on Whistler's west side.

Competitors are in it for themselves and for fun, but all the participants also had to answer a quiz to determine whether they're a Betty or a Veronica. The field will be evenly divided into two teams, with some extra bragging rights for the top team in the competition.

If you missed registration, WORCA is keeping a waitlist.

For more, visit

Tonight's Toonie Ride (June 30) is the annual Chromag Bikes Show and Shine, sponsored by Chromag, North Shore Billet, Deep Powder Catering and Phillips Brewing. The ride is a grunt through the Interpretive Forest, including the lesser-known climb up the Basalt Spur Road to the ridge over Logger's Lake before descending all the way back down to the valley on the Ridge Trail. The post-race party is at Chromag Bikes in Function Junction. All Chromag bike owners are encouraged to enter the Show and Shine contest to show off their custom rides.

As well, WORCA is hosting a trail maintenance day on Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m., meeting at the pullout access from Trudy's Landing. Crews will head up into Shit Happens to do some armouring work. Bring good shoes and gloves, and be prepared to work for three to four hours. Bear Back Biking is sponsoring and providing food and refreshments to helpers.


B.C. Bike Race looking for volunteers

The B.C. Bike Race gets underway on Sunday, July 3 and finishes in Whistler on July 9 after stops on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Squamish.

The Whistler stage, which includes some trails on Blackcomb, Yummy Numby, the descent of Comfortably Numb and Lost Lake, needs volunteers.

All volunteers get a ticket for the wrap-up and awards party and a T-shirt.

If you can help out, email


Whistler cyclist to pre-ride Tour

Whistler's Jay Lynn is one of five cyclists heading to France to ride a stage of the Tour de France course on July 11, part of an initiative to raise money for Vancouver-based InspireHealth and their integrated cancer care program. The team's goal is to raise $30,000, with 100 per cent of the funds going towards research and better therapies and care for cancer patients.

The stage is a 109 km section of the Tour de France course with 3,200 metres of climbing across three mountain passes.

For more on the fundraiser, or to make a donation, visit


Rowers pull proud at regatta

A group of four rowers from the Whistler Rowing Club headed to the U.S. Rowing Northwest Regionals Masters Regatta in Vancouver Washington last weekend, taking part in what will be the largest regatta of its kind this year - 1,171 rowers from 54 clubs, 36 cities, nine states and two provinces.

Because of the large number of teams there were a lot of heats for every category, and the local rowers had to race four or five times a day on the 1,000 metre course on Vancouver Lake.

Maureen Harriman, a former member of the national team and silver medalist at the 1993 worlds, won three gold medals and fifth place finish.

Diane Ziff has won four world masters events in the past five years, and finished with one gold, one silver, two bronze medals and a fifth place finish in a doubles competition with Maureen - celebrating her 70th birthday the week before the regatta.

Janice Groff has only been rowing for three years, and in only her second competition she finished with a silver medal and two bronze medals, including a bronze in singles.

Greg Groff, also new, finished fourth and fifth in two events.

The Whistler Rowing Club started three years ago with two rowers, and now has 24 members from high school to masters.


For the Record

In last week's story about the Sea to Sky Eagles Rugby League Football Club we gave the wrong email address. If you want to find out more about the team, contact





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