Race Preview: Canadian Enduro Championship - Whistler, BC

Oct 14, 2021
by Canadian Enduro  



Press Release: Norco Canadian Enduro Championship Presented By Concord Pacific

Welcome to the 2021 Norco Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Concord Pacific and hosted by Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association(WORCA). We couldn't be more stoked to be here in Whistler gearing up for what will undoubtedly be the best Canadian enduro race of the year.

A massive thank you has to go out to the crew at the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association(WORCA), without whom this event would not be possible. It is the first time in the history of enduro in Canada that the National Championship will be hosted at this iconic venue, which features some of the best trails in the world.

Whistler is home to some world-class riding. With over 1000 trails covering upwards of 1400km. Riders will face 5 stages across the 50km, 1800m course which features some of the classic valley trails everyone has come to love. Add in a little classic Whistler October weather and we have ourselves a true Canadian Championship event.

This event will showcase mountain biking at its finest. If you want to experience the true essence of enduro, this is your race! We're absolutely pumped to be bringing you a huge variety of trails, and you'll be absolutely pumped after riding this course!

The last time we crowned a Canadian enduro champion was at Panorama Resort in 2019. Who will claim the title this year? Take a look at some highlights and images from the 2019 event below.



Trail Love

The 1 day event kicks off with the longest stage of the weekend. Stage 1, See Colours and Puke takes riders on a 5.5km rollercoaster back to the valley floor. Riders then tackle the much shorter stages 2, 3, and 4 before ending the day on Comfortably Numb for stage 5.

The crew at WORCA have been hard at work tidying up the trails all throughout the valley network. These efforts help ensure the trails stay in tip-top condition throughout the season.

The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) is responsible for maintaining and advocating for trails used during the race. Part of the ethos of the event series is to give back to the local trails, so for this event, every participant is becoming a member of WORCA, which should generate between $12,000-$15,000 in membership revenue.










Remi Gauvin and Jennifer Mchugh took the honors in 2019. Who will it be this year?


U21 Whistler Community Services Program



To help enhance the accessibility factor of the event, Concord Pacific is offsetting entry fees for financially challenged individuals and families through the Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS), thus allowing more locals and junior riders to take part.

Event Extra's




There's a ton of extra's going on this weekend to help make this the best championship race yet! Thanks to Norco, all of the riders will also be receiving a little appreciation gift in their rego pack.

Riders Lounge
Brought to you by the Sundial Hotel, the Riders Lounge will provide riders with everything they need to help their weekend go smoothly. The Black Diamond mechanic station will help ensure rider's bikes are running at 100%, F2C nutrition will be on-site to keep riders fuelled and registered massage therapists will be available for riders to book to keep the body feeling 100%.

Longhorns Saloon Apres
Longhorns Saloon will be providing an apres meal and bevvie for all riders. The final race of the year is sure to go off with a bang!

Family Fun
Whistler has a huge array of activities for all ages. From ATV tours, Ziplines, Spa's and more. Check out Tourism Whistlers Fall Activities here.


2019 Open Womens Champion, Krista Cook


2019 Mens 16-20 Champion, Evan Wall



All of your 2019 champions!



Race Information



We like to keep things simple. All race weekend information can be found in our Whistler Race Book.

But we do have a few extra things we would like to point out:

Arrows are the key to not getting lost. During Stage transitions riders must follow the arrows. Arrows are primary and Trailforks is secondary.

There will be an Aid station located on the transfer between Stage 3 and Stage 4. Due to the possible adverse weather conditions, riders will be permitted to have a family member, coach or friend bring 1 bag of clothes to the Aid station after 10am if they wish to have a change of clothes after Stage 3.

Weather. It's October.. in Canada. Do we need to say more? Double check that riding kit and make sure there's something warm and waterproof in there. You can thank us later.

Important Info
Read below for event specific important information
• This event is for experts only.
• Full Face Helmets are mandatory, for ALL Racers
• Helmets must be worn at all times while on course
• Please walk bike in Upper and Lower Village
• Practice: Please be cautious if hiking or stopping on the trail.



Course Information





Volunteers




Our events do not happen without our epic volunteer crew. A huge thanks has to go out to all of you amazing humans for helping to make this year a success. Give them a high-five if you see them out there this weekend!

Max Leyn will be looking to take the spot.


A massive thank you has to go out to all the event sponsors for helping make this Championship race the best yet!


Need something? More information?

• Visit our Website
• Athlete Inquires & Volunteer Information | Brooke Hanson admin@bcenduro.com (Event Manager)
• All other inquiries | Matt Hollbrook matt@canadianenduro.com (Owner / Event Director)


Event Sponsors: @norcobicycles / Concord Pacific / Sundial Hotel / F2C Nutrition




20 Comments

  • 6 0
 This may be a really dumb question but I did not see the Date of the event in the article. Or am I blind?
  • 1 0
 I had the same question
  • 1 0
 It's this weekend, 17th
  • 5 0
 RIP Chipmunk fresh work. Very hard to mitigate trail damage in rain events like this. at least Foreplay is mostly rock.
  • 2 0
 Yup... we went into time of year with eyes wide open and had WORCA lead builders involved in decision-making. We've budgeted for follow-up on those trails. But yes, atmospheric river is less than helpful.
  • 5 0
 Weather is lookin great!!!
  • 2 0
 That's what I was thinking... just a casual 75-100mm of rain expected the day before!! Course is going to be drenched!! At least it makes race day's 5-10mm look like a beautiful day, haha.
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: half of it is under snow. Hahaha
  • 2 0
 @vancouver-bound: It's mostly gone now. Trails are certainly clear as of this morning.
  • 3 0
 What rainfall warning? Bring on the party shirt!
  • 2 1
 Course looks more downcoutry than enduro. Mostly blues and a few blacks with a lot of climbs and flat terrain. Good for the XC crowd I guess.
  • 1 0
 You have to wear a full face helmet the whole time over 51km and 1,800m climb?
  • 3 0
 It will keep the snow off your hair
  • 4 0
 only when you are actually pedalling or rolling on your bike. You can take it off for enduro walking. Although you may find it warmer to keep it on.
  • 2 0
 With a high of 8 degrees, should be ok. But lightweight enduro full faces are the ticket for sure, I run one full time for trail riding (Kali Invader). During hot summer summer days I remove the cheek pads and it feels legit exactly like a half shell but I get the security of knowing I'll still keep my teeth.
  • 1 0
 The race is this weekend October 17th, 2021.
  • 2 0
 Thanks! Perhaps that key detail could be put in the article as well.
  • 1 0
 You have to click the link called”Whistler Race Book”
It’s all there
  • 2 0
 It sure is, but the question remains; why is it not in the article?
  • 1 0
 Get it done, Evan! Yeh, boy!

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