4th Annual 5+ Hours of Light

The winter solstice is almost here and you know what that means!  It’s time for the 5+ Hours of Light Fat Bike Festival!    This fun event celebrates fat bikes and the shortest day of the year.  Because we use the awesome facilities at Biathlon Yukon, this year we are gong to be bisportual and offer a xc ski loop as part of the event.  You can ride your bike OR skate the beautiful groomed trails of biathlon OR do a bit of both.  Ride/ski as much or as little as you want and come join us at any point during the day.

Same rules as 24 Hours of Light – NO ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS and no dogs please.

If, at 9am on the morning of the event, Environment Canada is showing -28C or colder, the race will be postponed.

What you need to know:
Date: Saturday December 20, 2014
Time: Registration 9:30am, race start is at sunrise
Location: Start and finish is at Biathlon Yukon in the Bears’ Den (Grey Mountain Road)
Cost: $15

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The bike course will be similar to last year (from the biathlon range, down Yellow Brick Road, Magnusson trails, Woodcutter’s, Boogaloos).  The ski course will be red trail in the biathlon range.  If you can help us out this week, some snowshoes or bike tires on the little section between Boogaloo Heights and Red (the connector between the cabins) needs some love.  So too does Woodcutter’s from Green to Yellow Brick.

There will be delicious snacks available and something hot to drink.  Please bring your own water, mugs and bowls so we create less garbage please!

Updates will be posted on our facebook event page.

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Snowbiking at Mt. Mac

CMBC has met with the WCCSC board and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding  for winter biking.  Once again, fat bikers will be able to cross ski trails in order to access the singletrack network.  Please be mindful of our guidelines:

  1. If you would like to use the Mt. McIntyre Recreational Center and its amenities (including sauna, washrooms, etc.) please purchase a day pass OR be a member of WCCSC.
  2. Purpose built snow bikes only please! Both tires must be wider than 3.7”.  Absolutely no regular mountain bikes.
  3. Snow bikes yield to skiers at crossings.
  4. Stay on snow bike designated trails.  DO NOT ride on any ski trails.  Ski trails should only be crossed in order to access singletrack.
  5. Dogs are allowed only on Porcupine Ridge and the Hawk Ridge loop. Snow bikes can access Porcupine via the new Mt Mac connector from Copper Ridge.
  6. When crossing ski trails, stay on your bike.  Do not walk across ski trails, this will leave punctures.  Do not stop on ski trails.  If you are waiting for colleagues, please wait on the singletrack.
  7. All trails are bi-directional.  Keep your eyes and ears open for users that may be travelling towards you.

And, most importantly, Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.

To Access Trails:

  • Start in the Dirt Park
  • Climb up through the Dirt Park
  • Turn RIGHT on Olympic, stay on the OUTSIDE of the ski tracks.
  • Look to your LEFT there is a singletrack that cuts past the stunts.  Cross onto that singletrack
  • Climb towards the 5 km (you will be parallel to Nighthawk)
  • Cross the 5 km
  • Climb on either singletrack (left is more gradual than right)
  • Cross the 7.5 km
  • Continue on any of the many options with-in this area of trails, including Lower/Upper Rocky Canyon, Lichen It, etc.
  • You can stay on any trail, but do NOT cross or ride on any other ski trails.

OR

Use the Copper Ridge Connector to access Porcupine Ridge.  You are allowed to cross the ski trail at Hawk Ridge at Best Chance Corner and along Copper.

Access to/from Collective:

If you are accessing Collective, please use EXTREME CAUTION due to Bridge

  • When entering Collective, cross the 7.5 km Trail.  Stay on the OUTSIDE of the ski trails and go directly to the Collective entrance.
  • When exiting Collective, say on the OUTSIDE of the ski trails, and cross the 7.5 km Trail at the Rocky Canyon entrance.

This map, on the WCCSC website provides a visual representation of the singletrack (yellow) referred to:

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Winter Riding at Mt Mac

Winter is here and the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club has started packing trails at Mt. McIntyre for skiing. Please stay off the ski trails on your bikes. CMBC is working with the ski club to establish a winter bike Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for using the singletrack and we will be sharing the results of that as soon as it is finalized. In the meantime, CMBC is asking that mountain bikers be respectful of the ski club trails. This respect is instrumental in our ability to work with the ski club. Don’t be the jerk who ruins it for everyone.

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AGM – October 25th

It’s been one heck of a season… $10,000 bucks for a Yukon trail, 3 weekends of chairlift assisted downhill riding, an amazing enduro series, and a packing program for a winter fatbike race. To wrap it all up, we will be holding out Annual General Meeting at 6pm on October 25th at Association Franco-Yukonnaise. This year we will be combining our bureaucratic/societies obligations with a wicked end of year party for all you mountain bikers. You may remember last year’s small bike 4-cross World Cup race at the AGM?

Women’s small bike race at the 2013 AGM

Fairly hilarious.  So please consider coming out and celebrating with all of us.  We will include some fun in the evening as well as the societies stuff.

We are looking for board members for the 2014-15 season.  Contact CMBC President Sierra Van der Meer if you are interested in learning more.

And last, but not least, we will be seeking to pass a special resolution to forego the audit requirement for the 2013/14 fiscal year. With the Mountain Equipment Co-op Dirt Search winnings, collected on behalf of CTFN’s Singletrack to Success program, we will be crossing the threshold in which Yukon Societies Act requires an audit. We will be asking our members to agree to waive this requirement.

You can read previous AGM Minutes under the About CMBC tab.

More details will follow!

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All the last minute details for tomorrow’s cx race

Tomorrow’s CMBC Cyclocross Race schedule:

Race base is Mt.Mac Wax Room.
Come and register any time after 11:45am. Wax room will be open to keep you warm and dry!
Bring cash. Cost is $5 for CMBC members, $10 for non-members.

To race in the 1pm Sport (30min) course, you must register by 12:45.
To race in the 2pm Expert (60min) course, you must register by 1:45pm.

The course will be open for pre-riding from 12-1pm and from 1:30-2pm.
Ride at least 1 full lap before your race!

Come on out and have fun!, Ride or Cheer or both!!

Thank you to Yukon Brewing for the sponsorship!! 

The Wax Room will have showers and saunas available. Warm drinks will be available. Please be kind and remove muddy/wet shoes before entering the Wax Room, thank-you!

If you have’t seen it yet, here’s a little parody about performance enhancing substances! (and yes, that is MTB world champ Catherine Pendrel taking a bacon hand-up!) Rumor has it there might be some bacon hand-ups tomorrow at our very own Mt.Mac cyclocross race!!  This is going to be fun, peeps, hope to see you there!  Remember – costumes and fun are encouraged!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zmk9bujMb74

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It’s fall, time for cyclocross!

It’s definitely autumn in Whitehorse and that means it’s time for cyclocross!  This Sunday, September 28th, CMBC is hosting a cx race at Mt McIntyre.  What is Cross, you might ask? It’s a style of bike racing that has “traceable roots” back to 1902 in France.  Back then, road cyclists raced through farmers’ fields, jumping fences and all obstacles in an effort to get to the next town first.  Now it’s a hugely popular sport in North America as well, with a race season traditionally running through the fall/winter months.

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Cyclocross race in Virginia. Photo: https://flic.kr/p/hcE1ja

The idea is that riders complete many laps of a short course featuring a variety of terrain and obstacles that force the cyclist to get on and off his bike in order to get through the course.  Sound fun?  Ya, we think so.

Maybe you’re thinking: “but I don’t have a cross bike.”  No worries.  Do any of you remember our Dawn of the Tread race in 2012?  Bring whatever bike you have.  Nobby tires are highly recommended; a road bike with slick racing tires is not ideal.  You will be happier with a lighter bike if you have a few to choose from, as you will need to carry it over a few sections.

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Dawn of the Tread. Photo: Jenn Roberts

Sunday’s schedule is as follows:

Register between 11:45am and 12:30pm.  Come to the wax room at Mt Mac.  Pre-riding the course (which is highly recommended) starts at noon.  Race starts at 1pm.  The course is a 2.5km loop that will begin in the stadium.  Newcomers and spectators welcome!  The wax room (including showers and the sauna) will remain open during the event.

We will have “sport” and “expert” categories with the sport riders racing for approximately 30 minutes and the expert riders racing for approximately 60 minutes.  It will cost you $5 to participate if you are a CMBC member, $10 to play if you are not.  Yukon Brewing is sponsoring the event so you know we’ll have some good prizes to give away.

We still need volunteers so please get in touch via email or on our facebook page if you can help with course set up on Saturday afternoon, registration/timing on Sunday or with taking the course down after 3pm on Sunday.

PLUS – don’t forget that our Alaskan neighbours (er, neighbors) are having a Halloweird cyclocross race on October 11th in Skagway.

Update Sept 25: Somehow cyclocross says costumes to us so there will be a prize for best “animal” – however you interpret that. Maybe it means you come as a muppet, perhaps dressed as a real animal or maybe you take the animal theme metaphorically and you just come to rip up the course. Heck, skip the animal theme if something else speaks to you. We’ll call it the “best cape” award. Looking forward to seeing lots of folks out on Sunday!

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Slamfest – this weekend!

If you haven’t heard yet, Sima Slamfest is back again this year!

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Sima is open for mountain biking on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend but on Sunday September 14th the Slamfest race is also happening.

Adults and kids are encouraged to come out and race.  The youth course will be on either Loamy or Pokey Back and the expert adult run will be down the main downhill track.  CMBC members pay $20 for the lift ticket and $15 for the race, non-members pay $30 for the lift ticket and $15 for the race.  All proceeds go to Mt Sima.  There will be award and door prizes post-race.

Registration is from 10:30am-12 noon and race starts at 2pm.

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Trail Fairy Award

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Trail fairy sculpture by Robin Wight, Fantasywire. Photo from his facebook page.

This season, as with last season, we will be awarding someone in the community the Trail Fairy Award.  Have you been working your butt off building or maintaining trails this season?  Or do you know someone who has?  Make sure you let us know.

Some words word from our Trails Director and club president:

Karl: “Hi all, thanks again for all the work you have done to keep our trails free of trees this year, it’s been amazing! The newer, less glorious, task is cutting back the brush that is creeping in on our trails and slapping us in the face. I would like to challenge you all to take some time and cut some small sections of trail when you come upon a spot that needs work. We’ve decided to start up the Trail Fairy Award again to try and get some more people off their bikes cutting brush till the end of the season. So what we’d like you to do is carry a small set of clippers with you and post [on the CMBC facebook page or send us an email]  whenever you have taken the time to cut some brush on a section of trail and we will consider your name for a Trail Fairy Award at the end of the season.”

Sierra: “Trail building and maintenance has an enormously high rate of return. The hours you spend out on the trail will result in endless hours of biking fun.  It’s also a good work out. We are bikers, our legs are strong from hours of pedaling, but let’s face it our arms are weak and pathetic. Most of us can only barely manage to get a beer from counter to mouth before exhausting ourselves. We could use a little upper body work out.  PLUS, it’s good bike karma.  If you give the trails your love, they will give it right back to you.”

We know that there are lots of you out there doing work on new trails as well as maintaining those that have already been built.  But we also know that a lot of this work is done without much fanfare and without many people knowing about it.  We would like to highlight the efforts of all the great trail stewards out there so let us know who has been doing awesome work this season.  If you would like to nominate someone for the Trail Fairy Award, please send us their name and a short (less than 250 words – a sentence or two can be enough) description of what that person has done to be be named this year’s trail fairy.  Submissions can be sent to our cmbc email until September 30th.  We will announce the winner at our AGM in October.

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King of the (Rocky) Canyon – Coronation

We have a new Mountain Bike Royal Court after another successful King of the Canyon race.

King of the Canyon: Craig Machtans
Queen of the Canyon: Kristenn Magnusson
Prince of the Canyon (short course): Fabien Florentin
Princess of the Canyon (short course): Miriam Lukszova

Winner of the hot lap prime: Jonathan Kerr
U-17 winner: Ian Hansen

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2014 Yukon MTB Champs! The winners are real, the photo only partly so (yes, I badly photo-shopped Fabien in).

It was a great day of racing on a tough course that unfortunately ended in rain and with a few racers missing a crucial point on the course that we could have flagged more clearly. Kudos to all racers for dealing with that with class and respect.

In addition to the winners, three shout outs for awesome performances today to go:

1.  Daniel Phillips-Freedman who, at the age of 8, had a great race and finished the 25km course in a time of just over 3 hours.
2.  Meagan Wilson and Sammy Salter who made the Queen race super fun to watch by pushing KMag right to the end.
3.  Dan Bedard, our red lantern winner and Kris Gardner who helped him change his flat.

Thank you again to all the volunteers – those who committed in advance and those who helped immensely on the day of: Kristenn Magnusson, Sammy Salter, Jonathan Kerr, Marcus Watterreus, Evan Wise, Jeremie Matrishon, Valérie Girard, Mario Villeneuve, Kris Gardner, Guillaume Levesque, Steve Hahn, Margi Paszkowska, Tamara Goeppel, David Pharand, Monika Melnychuk, Cara Lee, Lake Apted, and everyone else I’ve very likely forgotten.  Big thanks as well to the City of Whitehorse for setting up the fire pit and the recycling station.  Even bigger thanks to the Whitehorse Hash House Harriers who ran the busy and, I understand popular, aid station at the Crossroads junction.  Honestly, these events can’t run without people willing to lend and hand and everyone was amazing today.

Full results are below.

Long course:

Name Lap 1 Finish time
1 Craig Machtans 1:08:00 2:48:33
2 Jonathan Kerr 1:11:00 2:55:03
3 Thane Phillips 1:08:00 2:57:11
4 Aaron Foos 1:08:00 3:00:45
5 Kristenn Magnusson 1:18:00 3:11:04
6 Meagan Wilson 1:16:00 3:12:02
7 Sammy Salter 1:19:00 3:16:11
8 Scott Kerby 1:16:00 3:20:44
9 Jeni Rudisill 1:26:00 3:43:42
10 Evan Wise 1:17:00 3:43:50
10 Geof Harries 1:33:00 3:43:50
12 Kris Gardner 1:57:00 5:07:24
13 Dan Bedard 1:51:00 5:07:30
Finn Matrishon 1:15:00 2:34:00 DQ
David Gonda 1:02:00 2:38:37 DQ
Jonah Clark 1:02:00 2:44:00 DQ
Chip Paldy 1:15:00 DNF
Jonathan Zender 1:17:00 DNF
Mario Villeneuve 1:42:00 DNF

Short course:

Name Finish time
1 Fabien Florentin 1:36:24
2 Chris Rider 1:41:40
3 Steve Coventry 1:44:53
4 Miriam Lukszova 1:50:52
5 Lance Scoville 1:59:00
6 Kirsten Hogan 2:01:15
7 Sara Burke-Forsyth 2:06:35
8 Kristina Mercs 2:08:49
9 Sandro Holzinger 2:08:50
10 Ian Hansen 2:34:30
11 Tammy Reis 2:34:40
12 Daniel Phillips-Freedman 3:09:52
13 Ross Phillips 3:09:54
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King of the (Rocky) Canyon

Just two more sleeps until the 2014 King of the Canyon race!  Here’s everything you need to know for Sunday.

The course this year is at Mt McIntyre, which is why we are calling the race King of the Rocky Canyon.  The long course (King/Queen) is approximately 45km.  The short course (Prince/Princess) is approximately 25km.  You can see the routes on the map below and yes, I have demonstrated my best MS Paint skills here.

All riders will start at the Dirt N’ Soul bike park.  Because so much of the course is singletrack this year (90% ish) we will be having a hot lap on mostly double track right at the start so that we separate out riders.  Riders will circle the dirt jump park and come back through the start, hopefully to cheering fans and high fives.  On the map, this starting lap is marked in red.  From there, everyone heads off to Can-Can and Porcupine Ridge.

In the spirit of honesty and being able to laugh at myself, I have to tell you that I thought this lap was being referred to as the “preen” lap by our chief of course, Kristenn.  You know, an opportunity for racers to swing by spectators and present themselves looking fine and going fast.  I loved the idea of Yukon racers as peacocks riding proudly through the dirt jump park.  But no.  It’s a hot lap “prime” (pronounced preem) and I should have known better.  We will award some sort of prize to the rider that wins this starting lap.

The big picture is that the course is essentially made up of two loops.  The “A” loop is the loop that is closer to Dirt Jump Park (ie. more North), and the “B” loop is further out (ie. more South), and the loops are ridden in roughly a figure 8 pattern.  The long course riders will do loop A, then B, then A whereas the short course riders will do loop B and then loop A (minus a few trails).  An easy way to think about it is that the short course riders will go out to Hawk Ridge first whereas the long course riders have to ride the 24 hour trail first. The course is well marked and we will have marshals at the two choice points for long/short courses.

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You don’t have to be an insured cmbc member to participate but, if you are, this race will only cost you $5.  Non-members pay $20 to cover the cost of event insurance.  Everyone is welcome.

Registration runs from 11am-11:45am and race start is noon.  There will be a BBQ after and we will crown the winners and award some prizes once all of the riders come in.

Hope to see lots of you there!

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