Xterra seeking athletes, volunteers 

For the first time in a decade the Xterra off-road triathlon series is returning to Whistler, with a wide range of categories to choose from for the competition Sunday, Sept. 5.

There are both sport and competitive categories available, with the competitive category roughly double the distance of the sport group. The sport category will do one lap of the 750 metre swim course on Alta Lake, one lap of the 11 km mountain bike course, and one lap of the six kilometre trail run.

People can also enter relay teams into the competition, and if individual racers aren't up for the swim then there are sport and competitive duathlon categories as well.

Online registration has wrapped up, but racers will be able to register in person until noon on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Nita Lake Lodge.

The event organizers are looking for 20 volunteers to help out on race day from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., with the racing getting underway at 9 a.m. Volunteers will get an Xterra shirt, Xterra visor and an invite to the barbecue banquet at Nita Lake Lodge.

If you can volunteer on Saturday then contact Grant Lamont at gjlamont@gmail.com.

Buchar wraps World Cup season with team win

Whistler's Claire Buchar was nothing if not consistent on this year's World Cup downhill tour, finishing seventh at every single race including the finals at Windham New York last week. She was also seventh overall in the final World Cup standings.

On her blog, Buchar said the last result was the hardest with her time just over a second back of the podium.

"Not a terrible run but I had better ones in practice," she wrote.

Sabrina Jonnier of France finished the season ranked first overall for the women, followed by fellow French racer Emmeline Ragot. Tracey Moseley of the U.K. was third.

In the men's standings Nanaimo's Steve Smith was the top Canadian, in 10 th place overall. Gee Atherton of the U.S. took the overall series title, just ahead of Greg Minnaar of South Africa. Sam Blenkinsop was third.

Buchar's results helped her factory team, Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense, place first overall on the UCI World Cup team standings, ahead of Scott and Santa Cruz Syndicate.

Next up is the UCI World Championships taking place over the week at Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec.

 

WORCA hosting Toonie Ride

Tonight's (Sept. 2) Toonie Ride is sponsored by the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association and will celebrate the completion of renovations to Austria Passiv Haus, an Olympic legacy that was donated to the community that will include offices and meeting space for WORCA and the Whistler Nordics.

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