It’s a Big Event Weekend in the Sea-to-Sky

Date Posted: June 17, 2015

Racers get ready! Get set! Go! This weekend is going to be a busy one in the Sea-to-Sky corridor with each community hosting a big event.

Squamish – Test of Metal

Where: Squamish

When: June 20, 2015

What: Cross-Country Mountain Bike Race

Squamish Test of Metal Mountain Bike Race Event

The Test of Metal is one of Squamish’s biggest and most popular cross-country mountain bike races. Now in its 20th year, there will nearly 1,000 riders participating in this grueling test of strength, stamina, and endurance. The 67 kilometer course will include over 1,200 meters of climbing and 35 kilometers along the single-track trails of Squamish.

Average competitors can expect to finish the course in about 4 hours while the fastest riders aim for a time of about 2.5 hours.

For the thousands of spectators who come out to cheer on the riders and participate in the festivities there will be vendors (including food trucks and beer garden) at the finish line at the Loggers Sports Grounds. Spectators can also take part in the CrossFit Squamish Strength in Stone competition or the Celebrity Challenge.

In addition to the main event, young riders can participate in the Mini-Metal on Sunday morning and downhill riders will compete in the Rockstar Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

Where are the best viewing spots: The race begins at Brennan Park at 11 AM. Make sure you are there in lots of time to get a good viewing spot for the start. A shuttle will be available to take spectators to the Powerhouse Zone and from there to the Finish Line. Or, set yourself up anywhere along the 35 kilometer single-track portion of the course.

Whistler – Tough Mudder

Where: Whistler Olympic Park

When: June 20 & 21, 2015

What: An extreme 10 – 12 mile obstacle course

The Tough Mudder Pledge: I understand that the Tough Mudder is not a race but a Challenge. I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time. I do not whine. I help my fellow mudders complete the course. I overcome all fears.

Whistler Tough Mudder Event

The Tough Mudder is exactly what it promises – TOUGH! This 10 to 12 mile obstacle course, designed by the British Special Forces, will test your physical strength, mental grit, and most importantly your team-work and camaraderie. No participant is left behind and the course is not timed. Instead the focus is on overcoming all the challenges by working together and pushing through.

Participants register in teams and must work together with their team, and everyone else, as the climb steep hills, wade through freezing water, crawl through mud, scale walls, jump from heights, run through electricity, and battle unforgiving man-made obstacles you won’t find anywhere else. It is not easy and finishing is its own glorious reward.

Participants need to have strength, edurance, agility, and cardio, cardio, cardio! Even spectators should come prepared with a change of cloths and be ready to scream and cheer their friends, colleagues, and all participants on.

Pemberton – BarnBurner Triple

Where: Pemberton

When: June 20, 2015

What: A trail running race

Pemberton Barn Burner Triple Running Race Event

The inaugural BarnBurner Triple is a grass roots event that will take runners over some of Pemberton’s favourit, world-renowned trails. Runners are able to choose between 10, 15, and 25 kilometer courses that follow 3 distinct courses. They can complete the distance individually or run it as a relay with a team.

The race will begin at the new Pemberton Community Barn and will showcase the best of what Pemberton has to offer, including spectacular vistas, technical single-track trails, steep inclines, and flowing descents. In its first year, organizers estimate 150 to 200 participants from all over BC, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.


This Weekend in Whistler: August 15 – 17

Date Posted: August 15, 2014

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Planning to spend this weekend in Whistler? Here are a few of the events to look forward to:

August 15 – 17 – Crankworx

This is the ultimate gravity fueled, mountain bike festival. With only 3 days left here are some of the events that will be happening this weekend:

  • August 15: Giant Duel Slalom & Canadian Open Cross-Country
  • August 16: Red Bull Joy Ride
  • August 17: Canadian Open Downhill

Visit the Crankworx Whistler website for more information. Or, take a walk through the Village to check out the posted schedules of events and entertainment.


August 16 – The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

When: 12:00 – 4:00pm

Where: The Upper Village at the Base of Blackcomb

What: A celebration of all things cheese including:

  • Uphill Races: A kids race to roll cheese up the cheese rolling hill
  • Cheese Bowling: A kids race to roll cheese through an obstacle course
  • Face Painting
  • Cheese Tasting
  • Expert Seminars with Cheese Makers & Experts
  • Crazy Costume Contest
  • THE MAIN EVENT: Put on a helmet & knee pads to chase an 11-pound wheel of cheese down a hill! The first person to the cheese gets 2 season passes to Whistler Blackcomb!


August 17 – Pemberton Slow Food Cycle

This is the Sea-to-Sky’s signature agrotourism event. Take a pedal-powered trip through the beautiful Pemberton Meadows and meet local growers, sample fresh produce, connect with the local community, and more!

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For more information or to register, visit the Tourism Pemberton website.


Tonnie Ride Season

Date Posted: April 30, 2014

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The toonie season is here and it is open to everyone! No matter if you are a hardcore rider out to win or a first-timer out to enjoy the ride.

Sponsored by local businesses and organizations, the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) hosts a Toonie Ride every Thursday for 20 weeks over the summer months in Whistler. Why is it called a Toonie Ride? Because it only costs $2 (a toonie) to take part. Half of the entry fees from each race go towards WORCA’s trail maintenance fund. The other half are awarded to the top finishers.

Although the top finishers are usually hard core riders who use these Toonie Rides as part of their training for big events, including nationals and World Cups, these rides are for everyone. When you arrive at the first Toonie Ride of the season, you will find tha it is really more of a social event. Although there is that group of hardcore riders decked out in their spandex with their eyes on the prize, the atmosphere is really one of high fives, talk, and fun. These races are open to everyone – young and old, expert and beginner and this all adds to the social vibe of the ride.

Now, they call it a ride but is it really a ride or is it a race? Well, with everyone going in the same direction and following the same course, it really is a race but at the same time it is all just fun and usually ends with apres at a local watering hole – and really, what kind of race finishes with a cold beer, food, and good conversation? There are prizes for the top finishers but most people are really there for the experience – to explore the trails, get some exercise, socialize, and have fun!

Where do the Toonie Races take place? Each week the course is set by the amazing community sponsors so it is always different – in terms of length, route, and difficulty. I would say that the average course falls somewhere in between a cycle on the Valley Trail and Crankworx – now that is a big span so it is best to review the course map each week so that you know in advance what you are getting into.

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A Few Tips & Tricks

  • The Start: Races always start at 6:30 (with sign-in starting at 5:30). If you have your eye on the prize, be there early so that you can get a start position near the front of the pack. The later you arrive, the further towards the back you will be. If you are looking to move at your own pace with no pressure coming up behind you, position yourself near the back of the group so that you won’t have to be constantly stopping and starting to let the faster riders pass you. Some, but not all, races have a staggered start.
  • The Crowds: These rides are very popular so there will always be crowding at the beginning and sometimes at the more technical sections. Just remember that if you are feeling crowded, so is everyone else so it is all part of the experience.
  • Walking: Remember, these races are open to everyone so if you get to a section that is to difficult for you then don’t worry! It is perfectly acceptable and expected for you to hop off of your bike and walk until you feel ready to ride again. If you are walking and a rider comes up behind you, just move off to the side and let them pass.
  • Rules & Regulations: Helmets are required at all times for all riders. Bikes should be in good working order and you are responsible for supplying your own on-course water and repair kits.

The first Toonie Ride of the 2014 Season

The first Toonie Ride of the 2014 summer season is on May 1

You can find the rest of the 2014 Toonie Ride schedule here. Will I see you out at any of this year’s Toonie Rides?