We’re going to go ahead and make the call that the best thing about Whistler in May is that you can ski and bike in the same day (and probably hit the lake at the end of it all). So keep those skis and boards waxed, get your bike legs going, and sign up to prove you’re the fastest on the mountain: the legendary Crud to Mud downhill race, presented by Kokanee, is back on Saturday, May 24.
Those brave enough to tackle the Crud 2 Mud course can do so on their own or in teams. The fun begins when the athletes strap into bindings at the top of Whistler Mountain and race their skis or boards down to where the snow meets the mud. At this point, quad muscles already burning, winter gear gets swapped for summer gear and competitors jump on their bikes.
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.
Recap of last year’s event:
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.
The 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.
Details on this year’s event here.