The NIMBY Fifty is a technical marathon xc mountain bike race with some of the most challenging (and beautiful) single track in the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The race started and finished at the North End Farm in Pemberton and included a grueling climb up to the paragliding launch overlooking Pemberton valley and then east down to the Ivey and Mosquito Lake area. As the MC announced, this is not one of the longest races of the season, nor one of the more famous, but amongst hardcore cross-country bikers it is acknowledged as one of the most difficult – at the end of the race, many of the riders said the most difficult part is just “holding it together” for the last 10 km after lung-busting ascents and hair raising descents. Steady, cold rain was an additional feature of this year’s race (apparently Whistler got a good dump of snow), making sections of the course particularly greasy. At the time of posting this blog, I didn’t have access to the results, but no doubt they will be posted at the main NIMBY 50 website soon. A few photos taken of the day can be seen by clicking this link or the embedded photo to the left. Congratulations to all the riders and also to the organizers of this event. The Pemberton area is well worth a visit almost any time of the year – fantastic hiking, biking, fishing etc. The town has a great laid-back vibe and an increasing number of small shops and businesses are putting down roots and providing goods and services to a (mainly) young, adventurous, “outdoorsy” resident population. A shout out to a local institution – The Pony – where I had one of the best burgers I’ve eaten in a long while.