Mudderella brings all-female race to Whistler

Pagot wraps trail-running season, Cyclocross returns to Creekside

The female-created mud race Mudderella makes its Whistler debut this Saturday (Sept. 26) with participants tackling 12 obstacles while running up and down the lower slopes Blackcomb Mountain.

Under the slogan “Find Your Strong,” Mudderella geared towards groups of females overcoming mud run-style challenges together, but men are allowed to participate providing they have been invited by a female member of the team. Obstacles include Tough Tatas; a rope-assisted wall climb and descent, Down to the Wire; a mud crawl under non-barbed wire and the Hat Trick; a trifecta challenge of a trampoline jump onto a cargo net, climbing up a wall and shooting down a slippery slide in a muddy pool. The price to register on event day is $140.

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Cyclocross makes Creekside comeback

Skinny tires will once again be the focus at Creekside this weekend (Sept. 25-27) with Cyclocross Whistler returning for its second year. Kicking off on Friday night are the criterium races, with 15-minute sprints for the amateur divisions and 20 minute sprints for the pros. Saturday morning will see a kids event taking place 11 a.m. with beginner and intermediate divisions shortly thereafter. Elites begin racing at 2 p.m. with men racing for 60 minutes and women and masters men 40+ racing for 45 minutes. A 30-minute fancy dress race will follow at 4:30 p.m. Sunday will see a similar schedule to Saturday with elite awards taking place 3:10 p.m.

The course will again ride through the paved areas of the Creekside Village Stroll including up and over urban stairs, through a manmade sand pit and climb up the lowest part of the slope of the Dave Murray Downhill. The race is spectator friendly and a cyclocross-specific bike is only required for racers in the elite category. For more information head to whistlerblackcomb.com/events.

Pagot tackles Golden Ultra

The three-day Golden Ultra — aptly titled The Blood, The Sweat and The Tears for each day — is one of the toughest running races in the province. For his final running race of the season, Whistler local Vincent “Winnie” Pagot managed second place in the solo category, with a combined time of nine hours, 25 minutes, 51 seconds (9:25:51). This was just under one hour behind professional runner Jorge Maravilla from Mill Valley, California.

“It was the first time I’ve done a stage race, so I was pretty happy with how it went,” said Pagot. “I knew I couldn’t win the climb, so the goal was to push hard but not 100 per cent. When you’re 10 minutes off the leader it’s quite far behind, but over three days it’s nothing. The big run on Saturday was where I knew I could gain the most time. On Sunday I just focused on holding my place.”

The Golden Ultra begins with a five-km, 1,000-metre elevation gain hill climb for The Blood, a 55-km round trip from the town of Golden to the peak of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for The Sweat and then a 20-km flat singletrack run for the Tears. Competitors’ cumulative times are measured over the three days with options for teams of three to attempt one day each.

For more information and full results head to www.goldenultra.com.

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