XTC Squamish cancelled 

Organizers of the XTC Squamish off-road triathlon and duathlon were forced to cancel their event due to low registration numbers, which they credit to the date change this year to June 26, 2010 compared to September in 2009. The new date is close to the Squamish Triathlon on July 11 and just one week after the annual Test of Metal race.

The venue at Alice Lake also complicated matters. B.C. Parks only allows two events per month through the park, and dates in both July and August were booked out.


B.C. Bike Race sold out

The fourth annual running of the seven-day B.C. Bike Race sold out last week, with 500 participants signed on to tackle a diverse range of trail networks from Vancouver Island to the Sunshine Coast to Squamish and Whistler.

For the first time this year there are both hardcore and light trail options, with the former weighing in at roughly 60 km per day and the latter closer to 30 km.

Partly because of the decision to run dual courses and partly because of word-of-mouth, the number of women taking part increased by almost 20 per cent this year.

The list of athletes is posted on the B.C. Bike Race website, but some of the highlights include the pairing of national team riders and Olympians Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel in the mixed co-ed category, three-time Xterra world champion Melanie McQuaid, La Ruta de los Conquistadores winner Manny Prado, husband and wife team of Wendy Wimms and Norm Thibault, Chris Sheppard, Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddson, and the team of Marty Lazarski and Stephan Widmer.

The race runs from June 27 to July 3. For more information visit www.bcbikerace.com.


Toonie Ride takes on North Secret

After a dual ascent of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on June 3, riders should be more than ready for tonight's June 10 race on North Secret (the first part of Comfortably Numb) and Green Lake Loop trails.

Sponsored by Whistler Bike Guides, Riverside Café, Riverside Resort and Campground, Whistler Pocket Chocolate and Whistler Brewing, the course starts at the Wedgemont parking lot and finishes at the Riverside Campground.

Registration is at 5:30 p.m., and the ride gets underway at 6:30 p.m. WORCA memberships are available on-site, as well as online at www.worca.com.

The June 17 Toonie Ride is sponsored by Lost Lake Connection and takes place around the Lost Lake trails.


Beaver Pass temporarily closed

The Beaver Pass trail on Whistler's west side is temporarily closed to the public while B.C. Hydro does work in the area, including regular clearing of trees and brushes under the hydro lines. The work will be underway through the summer, although the majority of work will take place over the next month.

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