Events

The Toonies Are Coming!

They're BAAAACK!  And better than ever.  Here's why.

The format will be MUCH less daunting this year.  We will no longer be timing the climb or the trek back to the watertowers.  The only portion that is timed is the actual trail itself, starting from about 100 meters back to the bottom of the course.  Now you can take your time to get there!  Let's make this less about the race and more about getting out and creating a greater sense of community among bikers.

The races will be easy to plan for.  Just remember that on the first Saturday of every month, you have plans to come ride the Toonie!  The Toonie in June is in conjunction with WEA, so the June race is a much bigger event.

This year we have 7 shops (READ THAT AGAIN...7!) sponsoring the series!  There will be much more going on at the staging area and all those sponsors will no doubt bring great prizing for the participants and volunteers.  The tents should be a fun place to hang out before and after and if you bring anyone that just wants to hang out while you race, they can do that as well. Yay for Steed, North Shore Bike Shop, John Henry, Lynn Valley Bike Shop, Obsession Bikes, Dizzy and Dunbar stepping up this year!!  We couldn't do this without you! 

Andrew and I are moving to an apartment at the bottom of Fromme.  How convenient...for you!  We'll have a BBQ and some drinks in our new backyard after the races.  After last year, I learned that the things that are important to a good apres are meat, beer, prizes for vollies and racers, children being welcome, dogs being welcome, meat and beer.  and meat.  and beer.  So our backyard seems like the best option given restrictions on cooking and drinking on the mountain (we've got to stay on the up and up.)  Hmmmm....maybe we can get our backyard a beer sponsor.... Andrew??

More info will come as we have it.  A special thanks to Keith Dunn Outdoors for his maps.  Your logo was accidentally left off this poster, but will be added before it goes to print.  Same goes for Contact Printing!

 

 

2015 Gear Swap

 

Our largest annual fundraiser happened last Sunday April 26th. And it was yet another big success! After a Friday evening and Saturday morning of taking gear in, we had collected a great assortment of pre-loved gear and bikes. A couple people were one day off and showed up Saturday, as it was the first time we hosted the swap on a different day. But Sunday morning came around without the prospected rain, and a nice line up with members who were allowed to shop half an hour before non-members.

NSMBA Power Weekend - September 17th and 18th

Join the NSMBA this upcoming weekend for two days of fun on the trails!

On Saturday, September 17th join us on Fromme for the LAST toonie of 2011!!  Dress like it's the 80s and blind the competition into falling behind! 

Registration will be at the water towers, but we've decided on not timing the climb for this one, so the race will start at 10am from Mountain Highway at Jerry Rig.   From there, down Executioner, Dreamweaver, Dempsey back up to Baden Powell, and then up the Baden Powell to the water towers, where the race ends.

Apres localtion to be confirmed and announced later on.

It's not too late to volunteer!  Especially if you're a first aid person!  Email toonie@nsmba.ca to help out.

 

 

 

 

 

Then on Sunday, September 18th, hop over to Seymour to give one of the most ridden trails on the Shore some love. We'll meet at 8:45am at Parkgate Mall to meet your trail day leaders and start shuttles up the trail. Lunch will be provided by John Henry Bikes.

 

Toonie #4!!

 

 

The LAST toonie of 2011!!  Dress like it's the 80s and blind the competition into falling behind! 

The race is on Fromme - registration will be at the water towers, but we've decided on not timing the climb for this one, so the race will start at 10am from Mountain Highway at Jerry Rig.   From there, down Executioner, Dreamweaver Dempsey back up to Baden Powell, and then up the Baden Powell to the water towers, where the race ends.

Apres localtion to be confirmed and announced later on.

 

It's not too late to volunteer!  Especially if you're a first aid person!  Email toonie@nsmba.ca to help out.

 

Toonie #3 Results

Times ranged from 14:14 to 24:53.

Fastest racers were Marty Lazarski, Arthur Gaillot, and Brett Grayston. 

Thanks to the volunteers and the North Shore Bike Shop, you guys are awesome!  heart

Next race is Saturday September 17th and will be Executioner/Dreamweaver.  Details to come..

 

100 Years of BC Parks

2011 marks the 100th birthday of BC Parks. To celebrate this centennial landmark, the North Shore Mountain Bike Association in association with Mountain Equipment Co-op and BC Parks invite you to celebrate mountain bike culture in BC.     

Join us on August 27th for a fun-packed, family oriented day celebrating mountain biking in BC at the Old Buck Car Park located at the base of Mount Seymour Provincial Park.  Enjoy free food and entertainment. Bring your bike and join one of the planned group rides (teens and adults) or the children's run-bike race.


Mountain bikers enjoying a sunny summer evening in Mount Seymour Provincial Park

There will be free prizes, and a chance to watch the fantastic Flow Riders as they perform their acrobatic bike show.  What a perfect way to spend a day with the family, riding bikes and enjoying one of our beautiful provincial parks!  See you all there.


Ilana Wapniarski, Toonie Race Director, from the NSMBA at the trail head to Old Buck in Mount Seymour Provincial Park

10 AM to 12PM: Group rides for all skill levels leaving from the Old Buck lot every half hour
11 AM: Group ride lead by Olympic ski jumper and avid mountain biker Mike Nell
2PM to 4PM: The Flow Riders Mountain Bike Acrobatics Show at the top of each hour
1PM to 4PM: Free BBQ
2PM: children’s run bike race, parents please bring your own run-bike
2PM to 5PM: Free live music
5PM: Raffle for free prizes donated by MEC
 

Toonie #2 results

 
To ease some curiosity.. the fastest time was about 21 minutes and the last rider came in at about 40 minutes. :-)

I'd like some feedback on whether as a group you want specific names posted with times attached, or just the ranges.

My argument against it is that toonies are supposed to be fun, fairly informal races and I'm a little worried that posting specific results will make it too competitive and some of the slower riders might not want their times made public. Racers were told their times on race day, so they all know and participants can see the results list at the end of the race on race day.  We could post the top 'X' number of times though.

 
Do you think it would be good or harmful to post times?  Feedback please!  toonie@nsmba.ca
 
 

Toonie #2 UPDATE!

 

UPDATE!  North Shore Bike Shop has sponsored the series!!  Thanks again Matt!  You've allowed the series to grow and hopefully expand next year! 

Also, the apres for Tuesday July 26th's race has been confirmed for the Bridge Between pub.  There'll be specials and I think we get to pick what drink we want to be on special when we get there!

 

Toonie Race #2 - Tuesday July 26th

 
 
Here's the info for the second race:

When: Tuesday July 26th. Registration from 5-5:45. Race at 6pm. We may push everything later by up to 15 minutes if feedback recommends it in the next few days.

Where: LSCR/Seymour. Parking and Registration will be in the overflow section (the far section) of the parking lot located right after the water filtration plant off Lillooet. This is where most people would park to go to Rice Lake.

Route: start/finish will be just after the speed control gates on Twin Bridges trail. Down Twin Bridges trail, right on Fisherman's, left on Bridle Path, continue left on Hyannis, left on Powerlines, right up the first connector trail (very end of TNT) to Ned's, down Ned's, right on Ridge Runner (no trail name marker there. just turn right at the end of Ned's), left on Bottletop, down Bottletop, back up Twin Bridges.

Same rules apply as last time.. must be an NSMBA member to race - get your membership at www.nsmba.ca if you need one. it's good for a year from purchase. $2 on race day - on site registration only.

 
Fancy poster to come soon!

To volunteer or if you have questions, please email toonie@nsmba.ca!