It's no lie when I say that for me, the most anticipated event at this year's Crankworx was the SRAM and Cove Bikes Wiffle Golf Invitational. I patiently awaited my invite in the mail and once it arrived I knew that it was gonna be a good time!
Once again SRAM stepped it up for the Thursday night Loonie race to co-sponsor it with the folks at Behind the Grind restaurant. The Loonie race still costs a Twoonie, and despite inflation folks came by the hundreds.Wiffle Golf Invitational
Wednesday night's Wiffle Golf Invitational took place on the same course as last year in Emerald. 19 holes of Wiffle ball destroying fun in the forest. There were a lot of industry types on hand, from product managers to riders to media hanks like myself. All in one spot to play some Wiffle, have a bevy, eat some BBQ and enjoy the evening.
Once you'd stumbled around in the woods for a bit, it was time to hit up the house for a BBQ and conversations-ok and some arm wrestling.
The BBQ and bonfire both went late into the night with tales of holes in one and water hazards trailing into the night air. With amy luck there'll be a third and I'll another invite despite my handicap getting way worse this year.
Loonie Race Action
At 6:30 pm on Thursday July 26th, a few hundred hungry XC racers/riders all gathered together for the SRAM/Behind the Grind sponsored Loonie Race. The Loonie races in Whistler draw out hundreds of riders each time and they all just love it. This year was no different as they all gathered at the SRAM trailed at the Whistler/Blackcomb village base for the Lemans Start.
At the blast of the start gun, they took off in one huge drove to find their bikes. Some bikes had been moved in the shuffle, while others seemed to have disappeared (sorry Ian), but in the end everyone got their own rides and hit the trails.
Up they climbed and around Lost Lake they went. Matt Ryan brought home the win, but everyone was a winner at dinner thanks to Behind the Grind and their burgers. Behind the Grind provided beverages and eats to all the riders that took part in the Loonie race.
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