We kicked off the Summer 2013 Bike Race Season with the Crud to Mud presented by Bud Light this past Sunday. Over 130 racers came out as solos or part of a team to wrap up the winter season and leap into the summer with this one of a kind race.
Racers started on their skis or snowboards at the top of Whistler Mountain, just outside the Peak to Peak terminal where they raced down a Super G type course set on Whiskey Jack, Orange Peel, Pony Trail, Highway 86 and Expressway. At the Containers on Expressway, the snow ran out and the bike component started. Racers either changed gear and grabbed their bikes or tagged their anxiously waiting partners then continued on their way down Expressway, up the Mt Road to Super Fantastic, into B-Line, Ho Chi Min, Heart of Darkness traverse, across the Mt Road and the Flats, into Monkey Hands then finished right in Skier’s Plaza at the bottom of the Boneyard. Many competitors were arriving in the finish out of breath and with cramping legs.
Our fastest soloist of the day was James McSkimming, who after winning his category 2 years ago, was coming off a crash in the snow section last season was trying to regain his spot atop the podium. He posted a time of 12:03.2. The only ones to post a time under 12 minutes was the winners of the Male team category, Trevwah Burke and Ken Young with a time of 11:57.9. Wendy Robinson, who has long held the top spot on the podium in the Female Snowboard 19-39, arrived in the finish with a flat tire and thought she had lost her spot, but that wasn’t the case, her snow section must have been blazing as she was still able to hold on to the title.After all the racing was done and all competitors has made it safely to the finish, Après was held at the GLC with awards and tons of prizing thanks to our bike park sponsors. Patrick Duval walked away with a Whistler Bike Park Triple Play pass, Austin Ling took home a Rock Shox World Cup Boxxer Fork and Darcy Lawrence claimed the Sram Drive Train just to name a few. And everything was washed down with a few ice cold Bud Lights and some burgers thanks to the GLC. All festivities were topped off with a performance by Pemberton band, Big Mountain Rhythm.
The event is recommended for strong intermediate to expert skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers.
Mandatory Racer Meeting: Due to the nature of the event and the ever-changing snow conditions there will be a mandatory meeting for all participants @ the Garibaldi Lift Company on Saturday, May 25 at 6pm. At that time the event format will be discussed and the final course route will be announced.
|Ski Solo Junior||13-18
|Snowboard Solo Junior||13-18
|Ski Solo Male||19-39
|Snowboard Solo Male||19-39
|Ski Solo Female||19-39
|Snowboard Solo Female||19-39
|Ski Solo Male||40+
|Snowboard Solo Male||40+
|Ski Solo Female||40+
|Snowboard Solo Female||40+
|Open Male Teams|
|Open Female Teams|
|Open Junior Teams (both members between 13-18)|
|Open Mixed Gender Teams|
The event is $55 or $80 for teams of two.
Whistler Mountain Bike park lift tickets are not included in the registration cost, but can be purchased for $31 (Adults)/$28 (Youth/Senior) at Guest Relations.