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Darwin's Crossing to be repaired this weekend

Jane Emerick jemerick@squamishchief.

Jane Emerick

jemerick@squamishchief.com

Both the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association (SORCA) and the Squamish Dirt Bike Association (SDBA) will get together on Sunday to rebuild Darwin's Crossing and the SORCA man heading the project said the only thing still needed are bodies.

"All the materials are together, so cross my fingers and hope to die, we can go ahead with this Sunday," said Chris McCrum. "We need people to help out with the bridge project as well as a tail building project Saturday."

McCrum said the new bridge would be three-and-a-half-feet wide and would accommodate both of the groups building the bridge, although, due to initiative put forward by the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Sports, only mountain bikes would be able to use the bridge in both directions.

An unknown party destroyed the bridge three weeks ago, and the act caused tension between the mountain bikers and motor bikers who were both making use of the crossing. McCrum said rebuilding the bridge together was a step in the right direction.

"Building the bridge together will give both groups a sense of entitlement and a sense of pride. It will go a long way to build relationships between the groups."

McCrum is also looking for "super-keeners" to help with trail building on Saturday as well.

"We need lots of help to get Recycle ready for the GearJammer race. It is pretty exciting to build a new trail," he said.

People interested in Saturday trail work are asked to meet approximately 5 kilometres up Diamond Head Road past the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club, meeting at 10 a.m.

Bridge workers are asked to meet Sunday at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. for coffee supplied by Bean Brackendale) approximately 3-and-a-half-km up Diamond Head Road on the right hand side, but not blocking traffic. Tools are not necessary but welcomed. Any questions can be emailed to McCrum at trails@sorca.ca.

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