Sneddon, Pendrel rule Test of Metal mud 

Michael Robinson top Whistler racer

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Heavy overnight rains turned sections of the 67-kilometre Test of Metal course into mud on Saturday, but for the fastest riders on the course it was an inconvenience at best.

Despite the slippery trails, Kamloops' Catharine Pendrel broke her own course record by one second less than five full minutes to win the women's Elite category in 2:45:45. She was also 11th overall.

This also represents Pendrel's third consecutive victory in the Test, which is what you might expect from the top overall World Cup rider in 2010 and four-time World Cup winner.

She was followed by Squamish's Brandi Heisterman in 2:59:25, with Jean Ann Berkenpas placing third in 3:03:07.

Kris Sneddon took the Elite Men's category and was first overall out of a field of 826 racers with a time of 2:32:10. That would have been a record in 2008, but was about two-and-a-half minutes off the pace set by Geoff Kabush last year - a pace that would be difficult to beat in a dry year.

Chris Sheppard was second in 2:33:19, followed by Squamish rider Neal Kindree in 2:36:59.

The fastest Whistler rider this year was Michael Robinson, who placed 17th overall and 15th in Elite in 2:48:05. Josh Stott also raced in elite, finishing in 3:06:58.

Mike Boehm was 29th overall and second in the Male 35 to 39 race in 2:56:32.

Trevor Hopkins was 37th overall and third in Male 35 to 39 in 3:00:53.

Tony Routley was first in the Male 55 to 59 category in 3:03:48, with Rob McSkimming placing second in 3:07:43.

Jesse Melamed placed third in the Male 14 to 19 category in 3:12:17.

Cathryn Zeglinski was first in Female 45 to 49 in 3:20:51, almost 23 minutes faster than the next rider in her category. She was also ninth among women and the first female rider from Whistler to the finish line

"A great course and rode strong, but it evolved into an unexpected battle at the finish for me," she said. "(I) was seventh the entire race and due to some cramping in Crumpit Woods my pace slowed a bit and I was surprised to be challenged within the last few kilometres."

Two female riders pulled ahead of Zeglinski, and finished 10 seconds ahead at the finish.

Overall, Zeglinski was impressed with the women's race and the fact that sixth through 10th were separated by just two minutes. And then there's Pendrel.

"It was unelievably muddy and wet, huge slippery mud puddles on the Ring Creek Rip and roads, so the fact that Pendrel wiped out previous records and the top two women went sub-three hours is doubly amazing. I think her record in the real highlight of the race."

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