Whistler BMX club working to create track 


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But while the case for BMX is there, finding a space to put a track has proved to be more difficult. Finestone's most recent application to the province for tenure was sent back for more information, but he hopes to have the application amended and back in provincial hands by the end of May. He already has the approval of BC Hydro, which has a right of way on the land, and the municipality has been supportive.

Finestone said BC Hydro is generally supportive of BMX, and has allowed tracks under power lines in Squamish, Langley, Surrey, and other places.

A standard 350-metre track can fit in an area the size of a baseball diamond, Finestone explained, but the land has to be flat and accessible. Until negotiations are further along Finestone does not want to reveal the site of the proposed track, but said the piece of land he's looking at is even on the bus route.

If Whistler BMX gets the approval of the province, Finestone said the actual construction could probably be completed in a matter of weeks. Fundraising efforts should get underway this summer, while other club supporters — including a few board members — have already pledged labour and materials. Judd de Vall of Alpine Bike Parks, is helping out with the paperwork and track design. Other board members include president Jason Coleman, vice-president Adam McLaughlin, David Iles and Martin Gautrey.

The club will likely accept a donation of Squamish BMX's older gates and repair them until they can afford a set of pro gates, which cost roughly $70,000.

Like Pemberton and Squamish, Whistler BMX will seek sanctioning from Canada BMX, one of two main sanctioning organizations for the sport in Canada. Under that sanctioning they would be able to provide members with insurance and race numbers, and host local races.

"Ultimately we'd like to be able to host a national event here, and once we have a track we have a three-year plan for that," said Finestone.

Finestone is encouraging everyone who is interested in finding out more or supporting BMX in Whistler to join their Facebook group (search for Whistler BMX Club), which also includes updates from the clubs in Pemberton and Squamish.

"It's a huge community," said Finestone. "There are rivalries with other clubs and tracks, that's what cycling and competition is all about, but the community as a whole is very supportive of each other."


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