Archives by: Suki Cheyne

Trail Work Update: 21 July 2017

The trimming and choking program continued this week with de-branching on "Sirloin", "Darwin's", "Korova Milkbar" and "A Rockwork Orange". TRAFFIC JAM: Twenty or so DFX kids put on quite a circus trying to negotiate that one right-hander move on "A Rockwork Orange"... Thanks for the show! Needing to escape the heat, we pushed our bikes up "Lord of the Squirrels" to get it primed before the grand opening (date to be determined). What an epic commute! T'was 2 hours up to our ... Read more

LOTS T-Shirts are coming

WORCA is celebrating the official opening of its first Alpine Trail (official opening ceremony TBC) with the release of a Lord of the Squirrels (LOTS) T-Shirt. Our thanks go to designer (and WORCA PR Director) Jenna Fox for the design, Dale Mikkelsen our Fundraising Director for spearheading this project to keep our alpine trails sustainable, and local Toad Hall Studios for producing these beauties. All proceeds will go towards alpine trail development and maintenance. It is anticipated that the shirts will be at ... Read more

Trail Work Update: 14 July 2017

The snow is melting and we have opened more of the Lord of the Squirrels (still as a two way "out and back" experience). The closure is now at 1600m with some snow patches next to the trail. You can expect this closure point to remain until snow is completely gone at the lake (1700m) since the trail crosses several low grade alpine meadows where the winter snow-pack was deepest and the melt water drains the slowest. I'd say it's worth ... Read more

Trail Supporter T-Shirts ready for pick up!

If you purchased one of WORCA's limited edition "West Side Best Side" T-Shirts as part of our early bird Trail Supporter program, they are now available for pickup. Three easy steps will put you in possession of your new T-Shirt: Go to Coastal Culture Sports in Creekside Present yourself to any staff member and provide them with your name and address to validate yourself Walk away with new t-shirt in the size you ordered Remember, Coastal Culture is doing WORCA a service by ... Read more

Trail Work Update: 7 July 2017

Comfortably Numb: "Why are you doing that?" ~ curious cyclist Repairing trails at the height of dry season can seem pointless... The duff sections (where a trail was only "ridden-in") are bone dry and feel solid. Comfortably numb, in its 20+km glory, was mostly ridden-in. The work we do aims to improve the riding experience and protect the trail (and surroundings) for wetter times: for when that duff becomes unpleasant black muck. We anticipate where water will pool, then we improve the ... Read more

You could win a new bike! Buy your WORCA Raffle Tickets

Congratulations to all the 2017 raffle winners: Grand Prize 2017 Norco Sight Carbon 9.3: Laurissa Stebeleski Full Sombrio Kit of Jersey, Shorts, Gloves & Socks: Aaron Heath 1 month membership to Whistler Creek Athletic Club: Shane Aseltine 1 year gym membership to the Four Seasons Resort Whistler: Mitch Smith Two Commencal Ramones 12″ Push Bikes: Steve Fisher, Deanna McIsaac Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and the generous sponsors who provided the awesome prizes: Comor, Norco, Commencal, Sombrio, Four Seasons Resort Whistler and Whistler Creek ... Read more

Trail Work Update: 30 June 2017

This week, we tried to tame the jungle in the south end of town. "Runaway train" was an impassable prickly mess! And now, you won't need a GPS to find the entrance to "Lower your saddle". Some plants are satisfying to cut: Alder, Stinging Nettle, Devil's club, but it's conflicting to chop down the berry bushes: They will slash you, but also provide trailside snacks... The heat has also increased the hazards for tall riders (tall - not my problem...) with dry ... Read more

Trail Work Update: 23 June 2017

So, you wanna go ride Lord of the Squirrels?... WORCA has put up a "TRAIL CLOSED" sign at the 1200m viewpoint. This measure is part of our management strategy for this outstanding community amenity. We have inspected the trail for winter wear and found that the melting snow has saturated the ground where the terrain and grade of the trail flatten out (water does not drain well through these areas). We will revisit the trail weekly to move the "TRAIL CLOSED" sign ... Read more

Trail Work Update: 16 June 2017

This week the trail crew began our foray into "Making Comfortably Numb Great Again"... by making it harder, softer, higher, skinnier, wider and ...longer! Longer and softer Our Tuesday night dig, sponsored by Arbutus Routes was a beach party, literally. There was sand, so much sand. Jerome David (WORCA vice-president) thought I was too ambitious, planning to get 250m of trail built in one evening, and my response was: "We could build this section using tablespoons". The trail now starts closer to the ... Read more

Trail Work Update: 9 June 2017

"Hey Dan! Where have you been digging?" "Hey Dan! What's new in trails?""Hey, Dan! What have you been up to?" Clearly, I have not been keeping up to date with my trail reports... The heavy snowload delayed our usual "crack of march" trailwork and has kept us busy on the chainsaws clearing deadfall. Keep us posted if you see any new ones ( pictures and geotags help with saw selection... Once again, we hosted the entire grade 9 class from the Waldorf school for ... Read more