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PICKING A LINE – Sam Schirmer descends a jump created over two junk-yard cars during the Yukon Cross Country Motorcycle Association’s Mosquito Enduro-X 1 at the Schirmer Family Ranch last Saturday. He placed second in the expert “A” division. Photo by JUSTIN PETERSON

Season-opening dirt bike race takes off and more sports in brief

The dirt bike season got underway with a record turn-out last Saturday at the Schirmer Family Ranch.

By Whitehorse Star on June 8, 2017

The dirt bike season got underway with a record turn-out last Saturday at the Schirmer Family Ranch.

The property on Mosquito Road is home to the Yukon Cross Country Motorcycle Association’s (YCCMA) handful of events over the summer and opened with the Mosquito Enduro-X 1.

Riders raced through a closed course featuring obstacles that changed depending on the level of difficulty of the loop.

For intermediate “A” and expert “A” riders, that meant navigating logs, tires and rocks.

Just shy of 60 riders took part in the event, which organizer Mike Beaman thinks is a record turn-out for the event.

In the peewee division, Damen Tonner was first with KJ Raymond in second and Memphis Nolan in third.

Damen Tonner also took top honours in the mini division with Seth Adams in second and Aven Muir in third.

In the junior under 15 division, Ken Stalder was first, Coldby Hadley was second and Ben Macpherson was third.

Terje Kristensen was first in the junior over 15 division with Austin Larkin in second and Ryder Burlotte in third.

In the intermediate “B” division, Ben Labelle was first, Cole Beaman was second and Gary Rusnak was third.

Ritchie Law was the winner in the intermediate “A” division while Neil Ryckman was second and Dewan Houde was third.

Tim Schirmer took top honours in the expert “A” division while Sam Schirmer was second and Nic MacDougal rounded out the podium in third.

The next race will be the Mosquito Harescramble 1 on August 20, followed by the season-ending double-header on Sept. 16 and 17 featuring the Mosquito Enduro-X 2 and the Mosquito Harescramble 2.

Soccer Stars

Whitehorse soccer teams brought home hardware from an Outside tournament last weekend in Edmonton.

Whitehorse FC’s U10 boys and U14 boys teams both won bronze medals at the Slurpee Cup.

Kids triathlon

The City of Whitehorse’s Kids Tri 4 Fun event is back for another year. With 174 youth registered, Canada Games Centre special events coordinator Adrienne Marsh said that this weekend’s event will be the biggest so far.

“Every year it keeps getting more and more popular,” she said.

The kids’ triathlon began in 2013 as a way to introduce youth to three new sports and active lifestyles.

Youth ages five to 14 will take part in the event, which has no times and awards finishers’ medals, but no category prizes.

Based on feedback from previous years, Marsh said that the order of events will deviate from the traditional triathlon this year.

After swimming, participants will enter their transition one zone and head out for their run, before entering the second transition to finish with their bike.

Typically, triathlons are completed in a swim-bike-run order.

The change, Marsh said, is to hopefully get kids warmer on the run after they swim than if they were biking.

The event hasn’t always had the greatest weather.

The swim remains the first event to “keep it as traditional as possible,” said Marsh.

The fun family event will have a food truck on-site as well as a bouncy castle and other family activities.

The Kids Tri 4 Fun will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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