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In the meantime, the RMOW will build a suspension bridge over Wedge Creek for the trail. Horn expects the cables to go in by the fall, but the slats won’t go down until the trail is officially opened.

The bridge will be called the Al Grey Memorial Bridge after the former WORCA president and local sports legend who died last December at the age of 46 from complications of the colitis disease.

"The municipality has been really great working with this year," says Horn. "They really got the ball rolling with Chris Markle’s trail and the bridge. They’re also providing us with new tools to use on maintenance days, and doing more in conjunction with us, which is pretty cool."

So far the turnout has been steady for the WORCA’s trail maintenance nights, with between 15 and 20 volunteers turning out to work on bike trails. In addition, 25 cyclists took part in trail maintenance days in Pemberton and at Spruce Lake.

They have three more trail maintenance nights on the calendar for this year on Aug. 20, 27, and Sept. 10.

"It would be really good to get a good turnout for those nights because the trails have gotten a workout this season already," Horn says.

WORCA is still working out insurance for a new skills park that will be built above Rainbow Park on B.C. Hydro lands, but Horn expects the area to be completed this fall. The park will feature a progression of easy, moderate and expert level freeride stunts like wheelie drops, bridges, log rides and teeter-totters.

WORCA is also participating in the municipality’s creation of a recreational mountain biking vision that they hope will establish Whistler as one of the top mountain biking towns in North America. The survey is available online at www.whistlercycling.org.

Another local initiative that WORCA is getting involved in is the Whistler. It’s Our Future sustainability program. Because the recent public workshops were held on Loonie Race nights, and the next open house takes place on the same Saturday as the Cheakamus Challenge mountain bike race, WORCA is planning to host its own sustainability meeting for members in early September.

Although the club is more active and diversified than ever, Horn said he is finding his first term as president "easy."

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