Its not an event, its a happening people! That's right a HAPPENING!
Each Thursday around dinner time of every week during the summer, you can find close to 200 eager riders gathering around the village area in Whistler. They are all there to take part in the weekly Loonie race series that gets hosted by a local shop and a local eatery. This past week with Crankworx in town, the local shops got to take a rest as SRAM stepped to the plate with schwag along with Behind the Grind providing the eats.Approx. 200 riders threw down their $2 (loonie race, hmmm-inflation I guess), signed up at the SRAM
tent and took their bikes up to the drop spot where security would watch over them as they prepared for a Leman's style start. Each week the course is chosen by the sponsors, this week's course was set out by SRAM's own Tyler Morland (and buddies). While waiting to learn what my volunteeresque duties would be, Shutter and I had the great time of over hearing these two young kids asking questions about the Lyric and the Totem forks that were on display. Then the one popped the question "So does Tyler own SRAM and do you guys work for him?" Holy crap, I thought Shutter was gonna piss himself laughing-it was awesome!
Bikes awaiting their owners
Course Lay out:
-The Lemans start would allow for a few individuals to "move" various bikes around to add to the craziness of a running uphill start. Riders would then find their bikes and begin the climb up Blackcomb Mountain. On the long hard climb a "PREEM" was set out-it was a voucher for a new RockShox fork. The idea was to see who was willing to give it their all and push it hard to earn that fork.
-The race continued on to the Lost Lake ticket booth where it finished and then everyone returned to Behind the Grind for a feast of corn!
When everyone had crossed the finish line the fork was going to Andreas Hestler for his great climbing efforts, Matt Ryan took the mens field and Joe took home the ladies race. At the corn dinner, Mr. Hestler donated his winnings to the Ken Quon Memorial Fundraiser. Big Props Andreas!
While everyone was feasting upon their corn, another group of keeners were busy cleaning their bikes up in the first annual Chromag
Show and Shine. Chromag bikes were born in Whistler and have a good cult following, with owners discussing their serial numbers and how their set ups are. It was cool to see the vibe those bikes create. Peter of North Shore Billet won the crown this year-but look out I'll have my Gypsy there next year!
As you can see the Loonie race series is for real and it brings out a lot of people. If you aren't busy tonight, and happen to be in Whistler or next time you're there on a Thursday for the matter-stop by the village and take in the Happening event that it is!
He may not own the company, but Mr.Morland is doing a hell of a job!