In addition to the cash and the sponsor prizing for the amateurs, the Whistler Classic will also serve as a “Last Chance Saloon” for riders who missed out on the opportunity to secure a spot in Whistler’s EWS Race, the Canadian Open Enduro. Twenty spots will be available as wild cards to the big EWS show, as rewards for making the podium and as draw prizes for all.
Anneke Beerten leans into a berm on Ninja Cougar in 2016. | Photo: Scott Robarts
With the Emerald Enduro, the Irish round of the Enduro World Series, taking place that same weekend, drawing major European competitors, the podium at the Spring Classic should be ripe for the taking for some of North America's best enduro racers.
This season riders will be tested to the limits with a new two-day format. Not only will the longer race bring the cream of the crop to the top, but it will allow new racers to see a wider range of Whistler's world-renowned trails, meaning even more long, steep and technical descents over both days.
In the past, the podium has been dominated by local rippers Yoann Barelli, Josh Carlson, Jesse Melamed and Miranda Miller, who are also regulars on the Enduro World Series. While they won't be able to attend this year, this leaves the top steps of the podium open for newcomers to make their mark.
• Early Bird (up to Feb 28): $90
• Regular (up to April 30): $110
• Late (up to May 24): $120
• Early Bird (up to Feb 28): $110
• Regular (up to April 30): $130
• Late (up to May 24): $140
In order to gain points at Enduro World Series Qualifier Events, riders need to purchase an EMBTA memebrship, which can be done HERE.
-Source: Whistler Mountain Bike Park