Important Details for Nimby Fifty Racers - You should read this

Posted on May 27, 2010

Dean has posted a video blog that ties in very well with this one, check it out!

Hey there Nimby Fifty racers!

The Pemberton Valley has had some much needed rain over the last 24 hours, making for some wonderfully tacky trails. We've also been hard at work putting the final touches on the course this week, and coordinating with all of our great volunteers in preparation for Saturday, and we hope you are as stoked as we are about this race.

So 2 more sleeps until race day. As promised, here's a final list of key details for you to take note of in order to help us help you make Saturday go as smoothe as possible:

Racer Check-In

All racers must check-in the morning of the race between 8 am & 10 am. The earlier the better.

Here's how: go to the friendly registration person sitting underneath the designated alphabetical sign, representing the first initial of your last name. Be nice (they're a volunteer), be prepared to show some photo ID (if you are asked for it), and if you hold a Citizen or UCI race license you should have that on hand too. Then with the race plate and zip ties you receive (remember to say thank you), proceed to your bike and strap on that plate. Now you're ready to race!

After the race, we will be collecting race plates from everyone as these have been loaned to us by CyclingBC for the event, please make sure yours gets returned to us in the finish area.

Late comers.. don't be late! If you are driving up from Vancouver or elsewhere, we suggest coming up the night before or leaving early enough to allow for road delays.

Race Start Time

Race starts at 11 am, sharp! and will be a mass start. Racers may line-up wherever you like in the start zone, placing your bike in the start corral from 9:30 am onward. Please consider how fast you intend to ride. If you're ready to truly rip and keep up with the likes of Catharine Pendrel, go closer to the front, otherwise start further back.

Getting here - directions to the start/parking/finish area:

The race starts and finishes at the Pemberton Festival grounds (Ravenscrest Lands) and you'll recognize it if you attended the festival. Please DO NOT go to or park at the gravel pit where most people usually go to park and gear up for riding in Pemberton, the event is NOT at the Gravel Pit. The highway signage will point you in the right direction so it shouldn't be an issue.

Coming from Vancouver:
Take Highway 99 North of Whistler to Pemberton (duh!), as you come into Pemberton on Highway 99, go directly through the first (and only) traffic lights you come to. Continue on the highway for about 4 km following the large red "Bike Race" directional signs on the right side of the highway, which will ultimately lead to a sign that points you to turn Left into the event area.

Coming from the Interior (via Duffey Lake Road):
Take the Duffey Lake Road to Mount Currie and turn Left at the T-Intersection toward Pemberton onto Hwy 99. Follow this road for about 3 km and look for the big red "Bike Race" sign which will point you to turn Right into the event area.

Race/Trail Etiquette - be courteous, and allow people to pass

The climbs are long and the single-track is sweet. There will certainly be passing opportunities out there, but like any race people catch up to one another all over the place, so be courteous:

If you are riding slower than the person behind you, allow them to pass. If someone has caught up to you, they are not trying to be a jerk - but they have 'beat you' at that point, so let them by when it's safe to do so and then you can happily get back into your own groove. Conversely, if you're the rider behind wanting to pass, give the person in front of you a heads up that you're there and which side you would like to get by. Be patient, make your pass, say thanks, and carry on.

Hey, if you wanted to ride alone you never would have signed up for this, right?! Be kind to one another and we'll all have a great time out there.


The race will go rain or shine. The current weather forecast for Pemberton on Saturday is Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. If this holds true, it will be cool and damp, ideal conditions for Pemberton riding as it should make many otherwise dusty sections of trail relatively more grippy.

Be sure to bring some warm clothes and a rain jacket for the after-party though, as we plan to shake it down with Papa Josh regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for us, and we hope you will stick around to do so too!


There may be a few mosquitos out there at the start/finish area. Nothing to stop you in your tracks, but enough to be annoying at times when you're standing around. So a bottle of bug spray may be helpful (we find the kid-friendly stuff to be the safest option and it works, even for big people).

On-Site Camping

The owners of the Ravenscrest Lands (i.e. the Start/Finish/Party area for Nimby Fifty) have, at the last minute, kindly offered racers the option to pitch tents on Friday &/or Saturday night. There is a beautiful grove of trees that's ideal for a small amount of camping. There are three porta-potties on site, but no running water. If you camp, be respectful, clean-up after yourself and lets leave a positive impression on the land owners, so that hopefully next year we can promote camping a little bit earlier ;-)

Where to park your butt after the race

Due to the large number of riders and supporters expected, it's strongly recommended that you bring a folding camp chair of some kind to sit on. We only have so many picnic tables and hay bales to go around and we sure don't want you to have to sit on the grass for a few hours after your race!


There will be limited supplies of water at the start area the morning of the race. Please ensure to fill up your water bottles / camel bak BEFORE you arrive at the start area.

Support Crews

If you have someone who is kind enough to come out and support you during the race, be sure to thank them!

Important note: support crews will NOT be allowed to drive up the road to the Paraglide Launch or Overnight Sensation. This is for safety reasons. Support crews are recommended to go to Aid Station / Feed Zone #2, which is right by the 4-way intersection at Mosquito Lake. For more info, go to the FAQs page of the website.

Where to Carb-Up & Caffein-ate in Pemberton

The local Italian restaurant, Di Carlo's Pizza & Pasta, located right in town near the Pemberton Hotel and AG Foods, has kindly offered a deal to Nimby Fifty racers this Friday & Saturday. Mention you're a Nimby Fifty racer and for $10 bucks you a get choice of: Lasagne w/ Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast OR Spaghetti Bolognaise w Ceasar Salad & GarlicToast. They also have vegetarian options, we are told.

The Mount Currie Coffee Co., our official supplier of coffee for race volunteers, located just off of Hwy 99 (go left at the lights and take your first right) will be open early on race day with a wide selection of delicious gourmet coffees, pastries and sandwiches. They also sell gels and bars if you happen to forget to pack that stuff.

Question, Concerns & More info

If you have any questions, concerns or want more info, visit, where we have endeavored to provide as much info there as we can for you. You can also send us a message via the contact page or email us.

See you all Saturday!
Nimby Fifty Race Organizers

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