The snow is melting fast and the bikes are starting to come out of garages and basements and hit the trails once more. And what better way to transition into summer than a race that combines the 2 season’s sports into one? The Crud to Mud is back Saturday May 24, 2014.
In teams or individually, Crud 2 Mud competitors ski or snowboard from the top of Whistler Mountain to the bottom of the snow line, where their bikes and equipment lay waiting. Here racers either collect their bikes and carry on their way or tag off to their patiently waiting team mate. The transition area is where strategy comes into play. Racers can make up precious time by keeping their ski/SB boots on or opt to struggle out of their boots and clip into their bike pedals for a better ride on the bike. Next participants race through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to the village below.
2013 Highlight Video
Video courtesy of Pique Newsmagazine
Despite downpours and rapidly melting snow, over 100 people came out to try and prove that they were in fact, the Kings and Queens of our mountain when it comes to both winter and summer sports.
Competitors on either skis or snowboards made their way down the snow section of the course, from the Peak to Peak terminal on Whistler, down Whiskey Jack, Orange Peel, Bear Cub and Expressway to the snow line at the Containers. From there, they either transferred over to their downhill mountain bike gear and bike or tagged off to a teammate. The bike section of the course took racers the rest of the way down Expressway, up the Mountain Road for a couple hundred meters then onto Super Fantastic, B-Line, Ho Chi Min, Longhorn, Monkey Hands and across the Muddy Boneyard to the finish.
This event is steeped in tradition and many previous champs were out defend their titles. It seems as though Robin Courcelles (Male Ski 40+ 13:45.47) and James McSkimming (Male Ski 19-39 13:06.23) are un-beatable. They have both held the top spot of their respective categories for multiple years. Also staying on top in their category, mixed team of Sarah Hogg and Jim Montrose proved they are the ones to beat at 13:03.96. However, new team of Mark Owen and Shaun Fry in the male team category were the fastest of the day with a total time of 12:36.26 the only racers with a time sub 13 minutes. Also new to the podium was Ross Dunlop in the Solo Male SB 19-39 at 13:03.69 (the fastest solo of the day)
New for 2014 we were able to time the snow, transition zone and bike sections separately and there is now proof that having a quick transition is just as important as being fast on course.
Fastest on the snow was Rob McSkimming with a ski time of 3:36.41
Fastest in solo transition was Wendy Robinson with a transfer time of only 0:24.48
Fastest in team transition were Mark Owen passing off to Shaun Fry in only 0:22.45
Fastest on the bike was Shaun Fry with a bike time of 7:59.81
After the crud was dry and the mud was hosed down, Results and Apres were held at the GLC with food and live music all washed down with an Glacier Fresh Kokanee. And many competitors walked away with a draw prize courtesy of our bike park sponsors including: a Rock Shox World Cup Boxxer Fork, a Sram drive train, a 2014 Whistler Mountain Bike Park season pass, some Kokanee swag, Dakine clothing, Garbanzo Bike and Bean gear, Maxxis tires and tubes, Avid brakes, a GoPro camera and more.
The first Phat Wednesday presented by Kokanee is this Wednesday (May 28). Series passes on sale now. And the first PhaSt Friday Enduro is Friday, May 30th after the park closes.
|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|
We kicked off the Summer 2013 Bike Race Season with the Crud to Mud presented by Bud Light. 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 $65 or $100 for teams of two.
Registration includes a $10 food voucher and an event T-shirt for each participant as well as the opportunity to race in this unique event.
Pre-registration is mandatory, and is available through Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services or 1.800.766.0449. or online.
Registration closes at 2pm on Friday, May 23rd.
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 Services.
GBB Rentals is offering downhill bike rentals for $39.99 for the whole day (including armor). Options damage insurance is available for $25. It is highly recommended that riders pre-book the bike rental when they register.