COLUMN: Outside action is gearing up for spring

Ultimate Frisbee, golf, biking and plenty of other activities are starting up for a new season.

We have a special event in our midst this week. For the first time in its 40 year existence the Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament will be hosted in Nelson.

This Junior B BC Hockey Championship will host the winning league champs from the Kootenay International (KIJHL), the Pacific International (PIJHL), and the Vancouver Island (VIJHL) leagues, along with our host team the Nelson Leafs.

Leafs games are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (April 10 to 12) with finals on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Nelson Leafs are proud to be hosting such a prestigious event. To watch some great hockey see the full schedule details at http://www.cyclonetaylorcup.ca/leagues/schedules.cfm?clientid=4982&leagueid=18220.

Of course, it is spring and outside action is gearing up. Granite Pointe’s pro-shop and driving range opened on April 5 and is open from 10 a.m.- to 6 p.m. every day and the course  will open after the annual open house on Sunday, April 13.

Names will be entered for various raffle prizes for anyone who spends more than $100 in the pro-shop (on memberships or golf shot items).  Junior range passes are down to $79 this year.

After a very successful indoor tournament season the local Ultimate Frisbee teams, Homegrown and Homegirl, are readying themselves for their outdoor season at Lakeside.

Nelson Ultimate is also excited to announce the official launch of Junior’s Ultimate in Nelson this year with a youth team starting practices at L.V. Rogers secondary school with plans to attend the provincial tournament later this spring.

All students are invited to check out practices to see if Ultimate is a fit for them.  The annual local disc break tournament will happen July 26 and 27. Go to www.nelsonultimate.ca  for season details.

Nelson Cycling Club is preparing for the season with a couple of events. The first being the volunteer trail maintenance day on April 27 to get the trails on Mountain Station ready for the season.

Exact location will be decided closer to the date. Check the website at http://www.nelsoncyclingclub.orgfor details.

The second event is the annual Bike Swap on Sunday, May 4 at the Rod and Gun Club. New bikes, used bikes or parts to freshen up your current ride can be found at the swap.  Clean out your garage (or basement) and support the Nelson Cycling Club at the same time.

Bring your unused but working bikes (mountain bikes, road bikes, tricycles, etc.) as well as any biking related equipment such as parts, clothing, shoes, etc. to the Bike Swap. Drop off sale items between 11 a.m. and noon.  The doors will open for sales at 12:30 p.m. and will close at 2:30 p.m. (come early for the best selection).

This community-centered event is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Nelson Cycling Club that is a member driven organization with the mission of promoting and improving cycling opportunities in the Nelson area.

While focused on recreational trail riding, the Cycling Club also supports children’s programs, road riding, bicycle racing, commuting by bicycle, and bicycle tourism.

The third event to kick the season into top gear is the Paper Bag Party in late April or early May. The annual group ride kick-off is a ride the “Paper Bag” then enjoy a barbecue, refreshments and social. For more information on all these events please check  http://www.nelsoncyclingclub.org or visit them on Facebook.

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