STORY BY STEVE FISHER To a mountain biker, few things could be better than riding a loop of Whistler’s cross- country trails, followed by an après with a few hundred IULHQGV. 2IIHULQJ MXVW WKaW HxSHULHQcH, 7RRQLH ( CaQaGLaQ WwR GROOaU cRLQ) Rides have become a weekly tradition for Whistler mountain bikers. Toonie rides are hosted by WORCA ( Whistler Off- Road Cycling Association) and a rotating weekly sponsor. The rides are held each Thursday throughout the summer, starting at or around 6: 30 pm. Anyone with $ 2 and their own gear is welcome to come and ride. While Whistler’s trails are tough, the courses take less than two hours on average and aren’t designed to beat you up. WORCA wants a wide range RI ULGHUV WR HQMRy WKH HxSHULHQcH. “It’s as competitive as you want to make it,” says WORCA’s CrossCRXQWUy 5acH aQG 7RRQLH 5LGH DLUHcWRU 1LQa $ UQROG. “7KHUH aUH VRPH people that go out just to stretch their legs; and there are some people who are going out to have a training ride for a world cup race.” Whether you’re gunning for the win or just taking the long way to the après, come to a Toonie Ride and rub elbows with Whistler’s riding cRPPXQLWy. ) RU PRUH LQIRUPaWLRQ YLVLW www. wRUca. cRP.