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Nimby Fifty - A Pemberton Original

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pemberton's Nimby Fifty was started by a die-hard trio of mountain bike racers, Dean Linnell, Russ Wood and Terry Evans have created a mountain bike race as unique as Pemberton itself.

Nimby Fifty PembertonThe Nimby Fifty race course was initially sketched out on a napkin at the Pony Espresso over beers one winter night and envisioned to be fifty kilometres in length but once out on the race course in the spring, it was discovered that what they had sketched out was "only" 37 km long but included a massive gain in elevation throughout the course profile.

Featuring Pemberton's Signature Trail Network

With many of the signature trails in the Pemberton trail network including Radio Tower, the 101 switchbacks of the brand new epic Big Nimby climb, Overnight Sensation, Sphincter Rock, Econoline, No Err, Grumpy Grouse and many others it was ultimately decided that the race should stick to the original 37 km length and it's plenty tough at that!

Reaction from many of the top finishers of the 2010 edition was that it was much tougher than the venerable Test of Metal in Squamish and many riders really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the race and apres events. Featuring an amazing post-race BBQ along with live music from local jazz-funk musician, Papa Josh and a raging bonfire long into the night this race has become the stuff of legend. Much of the same vibe continues for 2011 and the organizers are planning the addition of overnight camping to the mix.

Last year's race had 220 registered racers but on race day the rain was pounding down so ultimately only 185 riders took part. This year, pre-registration opens up at 4:20 pm on February 15, 2011 and the organizers have upped the rider limit to 300. Race cost is $50 until April 20th, then $60 after that. If you wait until the day of the race to register the price is $70.

Part of the "Hell of a Series" Race Tour

The race is expected to fill up fast as it is now a part of the famed "Hell of a Series" which features The North Shore Mountain Bike Fest in North Vancouver, the Orecrusher, the Test of Metal, the Gearjammer, and the Just Another Bike Race (JABR) all in Squamish.

Riders who compete in at least 4 of the 6 races within series can earn points toward being named "Hell King or Hell Queen". The 2011 Nimby Fifty goes off at 11 am on May 28th at the Pemberton Festival Grounds. Head over to for entry details or to register as a volunteer to come help out on race day.

Photo courtesy Dave Steers

Check out this YouTube video from last year's Nimby Fifty: