Woppet caps off cross-country season 

The local cross-country season is going out with a bang and most likely a whimper as the Callaghan Winter Sports Club hosts the second annual Woppet at Whistler Olympic Park on Saturday, April 3.

There are two courses available, a 30 km distance race and a 7.5 cruiser event. Both classic and skate skiers are welcome to take part. Registration is available online at www.zone4.ca for $40 until April 2. Day of race registration is $50 until 9 a.m. on race day.

The snow conditions are still excellent in the Callaghan Valley, especially in the morning after an overnight freeze.

The Woppet gets underway at 10 a.m. and the Cruiser event five minutes later. All entries include a barbecue lunch at the finish.

To make things a little more interesting, the event has partnered with the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association, which is hosting its season-opener Toonie Race on Sunday, April 4. Participants who compete in both events will be ranked by their combined time in the first annual Pole to Pedal Race.

More information on the mountain bike race is at www.sorca.ca.


Kids sailing programs returns this summer

This July the Whistler Sailing Association and B.C. Sailing Association are teaming up to offer the Mobile Optimist Sailing School on Alta Lake from July 5 to July 16. The camps are for kids, and include everything from water safety to sailing techniques - terminology, knots and basic skills. There is also a kayak component.

The Optimists are seven-foot boats for kids aged six to 15.

To register, visit www.bcsailing.bc.ca/Content/MOSS/SummerCamps/Main.asp.


Ore Crusher registration underway

Registration for the annual Squamish Ore Crusher cross-country opened on March 6. The event itself takes place on May 15 on the usual selection of Cheekye Fan trails.

This is a classic cross-country race with a Lemans-style sprint to the bikes at the start, followed by up to five laps around a course that is relatively easy but completely relentless with long false flats and rooty singletrack.

The race is open to kids 12 and up, with the proceeds going towards Don Ross Secondary's Outdoor Leadership Program.

This year the event is part of the Hell of a Series series, which includes the North Shore Festival, the North Shore Credit Union Test of Metal, the Gearjammer and the new Just Another Bike Race finals in Squamish.

For more information and registration visit www.orecrusher.com.


Canadian DH Girls host party and premiere

The Canadian DH Girls - a collective of mountain bike downhillers that includes Katrina Strand, Rebecca McQueen, Miranda Miller, Danie Uyesugi, Micayla Gatto and Claire Buchar - are hosting a movie premiere and party on March 25 at the GLC.

The cost is $5 at the door, which includes the premiere of Women of Dirt: Awesomeland, as well as DJ The Librarian, prize giveaways including a Troy Lee D2 helmet and season's pass to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

A preview of the movie has been posted at PinkBike.com.

For more on the Canadian DH Girls visit www.canadiandhgirls.com.




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