It wasn't the record-breaking 23 minutes that race organizers saw in 2011, but the Test of Metal did manage to sell out in less than a day to ring in the New Year on Jan. 1.
“We’re pumped with yet another sold-out race,” said Test of Metal race director Cliff Miller.
Registration opened on Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. and all the available entries sold out before the clock struck midnight. Miller said those who missed out can still gain access to the big race in June with the “4-Pack.”
“As a salute to the great season that the Test of Metal's series of races offers, we are happy to announce that there are still some 4-Pack entries available,” he added.
In addition to the Test of Metal, the “4-Pack” gives racers entry into the Orecrusher, the Gearjammer and Just Another Bike Race (JABR).
There are a limited number of 4-Pack entries available so organizers encourage those interested to act fast.
The $215 (plus GST) price represents a 20 percent discount from the regular price of the four races if entries were purchased individually.
“These four races provide some of the best singletrack anywhere, and give you a chance to experience Squamish’s amazing trail network in a race setting with the incredible support of our volunteers and community,” Miller said.
As well, the “3-Pack” is now open for registration. It consists of all races except the Test of Metal. Registration for each of these three races individually is also now open.
The 2014 Test of Metal series of races starts with the Orecrusher presented by Republic Bicycles on May 10, followed by the flagship Test of Metal presented by Nesters Market Squamish on June 14, the Gearjammer presented by GSKerr Ltd. Chartered Accountants on July 19, and concludes with the Just Another Bike Race presented by Pearson Financial Services Ltd. on Aug. 16.
For more details on the races, visit www.testofmetal.com.