Gowdie’s map a boon for wayward bikers

Whitehorse mountain biker Paul Gowdie spent last summer riding as many of the trails around the city as he could, GPS in hand.

Whitehorse mountain biker Paul Gowdie spent last summer riding as many of the trails around the city as he could, GPS in hand.

The goal: a comprehensive map for the mountain biking crowd.

Gowdie combined his graphic design background with his newly-honed cartography skills to produce his first edition Whitehorse Mountain Bike and Recreational Trails Map, which is now available at bike shops and bookstores around town.

“I wanted a map to ride around with,” said Gowdie. “Fold it up, put it into the camel pack, and get out there and ride the trails.”

The map’s compact size won’t weigh down a rider like a bulky guidebook or full-size map, he added.

Also, when there’s only one page, it’s easier to get everybody on it.

“It’s good for groups riding together — directions over the phone just aren’t enough,” he said.

Early-season feedback has been positive — even some veteran bikers have found new routes using Gowdie’s map.

Some of the more hair-raising routes aren’t on the map.

“I’ll let the city’s expert riders do those … they can take people out there.”

He anticipates an updated edition in two years, depending on how many new trails get completed this year.

Gowdie rides with the Contagious Mountain Bike Club, which meets Thursdays at various trailheads around the city. Check out the club’s website at www.cmbc.wordpress.com


Yukon’s junior tennis players travelled to Anchorage to compete in the Spring Junior Tennis Championships last weekend

Louis Kedziora, Kieran Halliday and Ryan Lane played in the challengers’ division for boys.

Often this is divided up by age, but due to the small numbers, all boys 18-and-under played in the same draw.

In the first round, Parker Haymans defeated Ryan Lane 6-2; 6-3. Haymans went on to win the division.

Lane then lost in the consolation round to Douglas Watts 8-1.

Kyle Moore defeated Louis Kedziora 6-1; 6-1 in the first round, and then Kedziora also lost to Watts 8-1 in the consolation round.

Kieran Halliday started his first round play with a win over Susumu Jones 6-2; 6-3. He then lost to Zachary Bronson in a heartbreaker, 6-4; 5-7; 10-8.

Halliday also played in the Boys’12s. 

There were four boys, so they played a round robin. Halliday placed second, winning two matches and losing one.

Aline Halliday played in girls’ challenger division. There were three players and this event was played as a round robin. Halliday lost both her matches.

This was the first competition the Tennis Yukon players have entered since the program began in September 2007.


Minor Soccer

Under-11 (Wednesday)

Tim Hortons 5

Jacobs Industries 0

Etienne Geoffray-Gagnon led Timmy’s with a pair of goals, as they shut down the Industries. Peter Jacob, Damien Terry and Gavin Young scored as well. Tessa Park took the MVP nod.

Jacobs Industries’ top player was Morgan Madden.

Prime Meridian 3

Your Dream Home 1

Prime Meridian’s Brendan Irish scored all three goals for his team, while Chris Torgerson scored for the Dream Homers.

MVP’s were Prime Meidian’s Bradon Lefler and Ian Hansen, and Your Dream Home’s Jenelle Cousins.

Under-12 (Wednesday)

The Deli 3

Woodhouse Business Consulting 2

Deli scorers were Jono Runions, Jorey Bauer and Daria Jordan, with the game winner.

Wyatt “Beckham” Gale scored the two Woodhouse goals.

Boston Pizza 7

EVF Fuelwood 0

Sam Burgis and Cole Morris led the way for BP, scoring two goals each. Noah Kitchen, Adam Waddington, and Connor Morgan scored as well. Lane Davignon was named MVP.

EVF’s top player was Sebastian Lepres.

Under-16 (Tuesday)

Energy North 5

Bumper to Bumper 1

Goal scorers for Energy North were MacMillan Porter, with two and Tyler Wiens with three and the MVP was Brandon Langerbar.

Scott Dupont scored for the Bumpers, and took the MVP as well.

Kal Tire 6

Alpine Bakery 6

This game was back and forth with great offensive and defensive play on both sides.

Robbie Borud, Matthew Pollard and Caleb Kelly scored two goals each and the MVP award went to Dustin Sheldon. Scorers for the Bakery team were Dakota Couch and Travis Phumphrey with two goals each, and Kyle Risbey and Owen Hedstrom-Langford scoring as well. MVP honours went to Emily Oettli for her great positional playing.

EBA 10

Dave’s Cleaning 4

EBA’s Alex Lindsey put on a clinic, scoring five goals on the night. Ryan Burke added a pair, and Michael Hunter, Martin Sealy and William Thomson scored as well. Gary Drinnan took the MVP nod.

Nick Gillen scored two for Dave’s Cleaning, and Ian Wintemute and Tristan Olnyk scored as well. Katy Lowey was the player of the game for the Cleaners.