Photo by Dave Steers
The Nimby Fifty has quickly become one of BC's premier mountain bike races, this technical cross country mountain bike marathon requires all aspects of the biking repertoire. As Edward Witwicki puts it, “it is absolutely loaded with incredible single track.” With 101 switchbacks, this race is meant for the serious mountain biker. As organizers put it: It’s 34 km, but feels more like 50 km. Exactly.
A Sell Out Event Year After Year
Nimby Fifty hit maximum capacity after the first year. Organizers say that, considering the amount of single track, 450 is the absolute maximum number of participants they will allow. The terrain is technically challenging -- you’re either going straight up or straight down. You’re not going to find a lot of easy cross country in the Nimby Fifty.
Featuring Some of the Top Athletes in the World
Perhaps because of this, some of the top athletes in the world hit this race. Olympian Catherine Pendral, world class athlete Max Plaxton, for example, have raced. “It’s pretty cool,” says understated organizer Dean Linnell.
Red Bull Downtime
The epic, crowd appealing free-ride style downhills have helped them earn a partnership with Red Bull, a section of the race called “Red Bull Downtime.” It sounds like a resting phase in the race, but, of course, Nimby Fifty style, it’s the exact opposite.
An Awesome Event by an Awesome Team
When asked why they put on an event like this, which has been praised for many things, including how well organized it is, Dean Linnell answers simply: “We are just all avid riders and racers and wanted to do our own race. We had been to many events and we knew what comprises a good event. We were able to do it, and so we did.” He’s right. The team that organizes the Nimby Fifty work hard, each contributing their unique skills to host an incredible event. Russ Wood has years of experience at Whistler Blackcomb which have taught him a thing or two about organizing events. Dean Linnell, a top real estate agent in Whistler, has used his awesome people skills to ensure that community members work together to create a memorable event. His friendship with Jordan Sturdy, for example, garnered the use of North Arm Farm for the start of the race, but also for the highly praised after party. And Terry Evans is not only an avid racer, he’s a graphic designer and web designer, so he was able to get them dialled in on that front from the starting gates. The team also connected with a videographer, Connor Macleod, who has been adding that element to the event for the past couple years.