Whistler Classic

Whistler Classic Enduro Cancelled
Dry trails deemed too at-risk of degradation to stage NAET round five

We are sad to report the Whistler Classic, the fifth round of the North American Enduro Tour 2017, has been cancelled. The event was set to take place September 9-10.

The race, originally billed as the Whistler Spring Classic and scheduled for May, was initially postponed due to the slow melt of the winter’s higher-than-average snowfall. Now on the flip side of summer, Whistler is at the tail end of a long stretch of hot, dry weather, in a season that’s also been plagued by smoke from a record fire season across the province. With no significant recent rainfall, and none on the horizon, the trails in the Whistler valley are incredibly dry, and trail degradation is a huge concern.

We at NAET, and our Whistler Blackcomb colleagues who were working to put on the Whistler Classic, would like to thank all those affected by the cancellation for their understanding.

“Under the current circumstances, it would be a huge strain on the trails and on our resources to put together a race of the caliber Whistler is known for,” said NAET General Manager Darren Kinnaird. “We know that travelling to these events requires a great deal of advance planning and effort. In the end, our teams came to this tough decision in order to make sure the trails are protected, and our riders get nothing less than the experience they’ve come to expect at NAET events – epic racing, great competition, and the coming together of a community in the world’s best riding destinations.”

The cancellation also means a change to the overall NAET points race. Originally, racers had to compete in a minimum of five of the six rounds of the 2017 race series. With one race now eliminated from the schedule, the rules have been adjusted, with racers now required to compete in a minimum of four rounds, with all events counting toward the overall points total.

Thankfully, racers chomping at the bit to get after points, and the next round of NAET action, won’t have to wait long. The final race of the season takes place at the Kamikaze Bike Games in Mammoth, CA, September 17.

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This stop of the North American Enduro Tour is in Whistler, British Columbia. Ground zero for some of the best enduro races in the world, this rooty, technical rain forest is home turf for the world’s elite.

Come join us in Whistler, on the terrain that’s made the Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized the annual peak-of-summer monster of a round in the Enduro World Series. This event aims to help racers up their riding game and advance to the next level.

The likes of Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Urge Team), Yoann Barelli (Commencal Bikes), and Josh Carlson (GIANT Factory Off-Road) regularly make a meal of these meaty trails. Sign up for Spring and get the tires rolling.

Date: This event has been rescheduled to Sept. 9-10, 2017
Place: Whistler, BC
Organizer: Whistler Blackcomb
Cost:

Category Entry Fee Deadline
Amateur $110 Through race day
Pro $130 Through race day

Categories:

Pro Men
Men I Youth 15-16 (2001-2002)
Men I 17-20 (1997-2000)
Men I Senior 21-39 (1996-1978)
Men I Master 40+ (1977+)

Pro Women
Women I Youth 15-16 (2001-2002)
Women I 17-20 (1997-2000)
Women I Senior 21-39 (1996-1978)
Women I Master  40+ (1977)

Prizing:
Men
1st | $750 CAD
2nd | $500 CAD
3rd | $250 CAD

Women
1st | $750 CAD
2nd | $500 CAD
3rd | $250 CAD

Course:
Stages 1, 2 & 3 will open the Thursday before the race.
Stages 4, 5, & 6 will be on Friday.