Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week
For more than 3 decades mountain biking has woven itself into the fabric of Whistler’s outdoor community. At the same time, our distinct biking scene has increasingly spread its influence throughout the MTB world.
In celebration of the trails, talent, and passion that makes mountain biking in Whistler special, from June 6 – 12 the Whistler Museum will be hosting a series of presentations, film screenings, workshops and more.
Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week is produced by the Whistler Museum, with generous support from the RMOW, and in partnership with WORCA.
June 6: Post-WORCA Toonie Retro Bike Show & Shine
If you’ve been hanging onto your old Stump Jumper, have a frame you used to ride the trails in the 1980s or just have a passion for old bikes, now is your time to shine! Bring out your old retro bikes to the post-Toonie apres in the Creekside parking lot and take a look at how much mountain bikes have changed in the past few decades. Prizes for best retro bike & outfit. This week’s Toonie is hosted by Coastal Culture Sports, Creekside Market, X-treme Organics, Sabre Rentals & Arts Whistler. Sign In: Interpretive Forest Car Park; Après: Creekside Parking Lot. Ride starts at 6:30pm. More info on the ride here. For more information on participating in the Retro Bike Show & Shine give us a call at (604) 932-2019.
June 7: Speaker Series – Think Bike Conversations: Indigenous MTB
As part of Think Bike Whistler, Patrick Lucas (Director, BC Aboriginal Youth MTB Program) and Pat Montani (Founder, Bicycles for Humanity) will be at the museum to discuss indigenous mountain biking on a global scale. At the Whistler Museum. Doors open at 7 pm; talk begins at 7:30 pm. Entry included in Think Bike registration. Tickets for those not registered with Think Bike will be $5.
June 8: Speaker Series – The Story of the Cheakamus Challenge: Whistler’s Classic MTB Endurance Race (1989 – 2011)
The Cheakamus Challenge ran from 1989 – 2011 and became one of Whistler’s classic mountain bike endurance races. We’ll be joined by race organizer Grant Lamont and past winners and competitors to explore the stories behind the race. At the Whistler Museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm; talk begins at 7 pm. Entry by donation, with all proceeds going to WORCA.
June 9: Film Screening – Ride to the Hills
The Whistler Museum is hosting a screening of Jorli Ricker’s classic mountain bike film Ride to the Hills, followed by a Q&A with Ricker and door prizes. At the Whistler Public Library. Doors open at 6:30 pm; film begins at 7 pm. Free admission.
June 11: Bike Maintenance Workshop
Whistler Bike Co., Whistler Museum and the Whistler Public Library are teaming up to offer a bike maintenance workshop. In this two-hour session, we’ll be talking techniques to keep your bike in working order and how to know when a trip to the bike shop is required. At the Whistler Museum. Registration is required (registration opens June 1). Call the Whistler Public Library 604-935-8435.
June 12: Speaker Series – Manufacturing in the Mountains
Ever wondered about where your bike parts come from? Some of them might be made right here in Whistler. We’ll be joined by Chris Allen of North Shore Billet and Steve Mathews of Vorsprung to learn about why they believe in manufacturing in Whistler and how they make it work. At the Whistler Museum. Doors open at 6:30 pm; talk begins at 7 pm. Entry by donation.
A huge thanks to all our sponsors of these events!
Partners and sponsors include: WORCA, Whistler Bike Co., the Whistler Public Library, Coastal Culture Sports, Pinkbike, Chromag, Vorsprung Suspension, Crankworx, Evolution, Creekside Market, X-treme Organics, Sabre Rentals, Arts Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Province of British Columbia.