Squamish's mountain biking calendar will have a few holes to fill in 2017.
Test of Metal Events, which runs four mountain bike races in and around the community, announced on Friday, Feb. 26 that after 21 summers, 2016 would be its final year. That includes the namesake flagship event, which will have its final running on June 18.
Race director and founder Cliff Miller said after pouring 23 years into getting the races going, and other organizers putting in countless hours for well over a decade, they decided it was time to move on.
"Plain and simple, it was just time," he said. "We're just tired."
Miller said he and finance director Stewart Kerr first began to consider calling it quits in early February and came to a decision quickly. He also noted they didn't approach anyone to keep the races going.
"Stewart and I went through a bunch of different scenarios and we said 'We should just call it' and we just went from there," Miller said.
The other races included under the Test of Metal include Orecrusher, which will go Apr. 16, GearJammer on May 7 and Just Another Bike Race on Sept. 17.
To register or for more information on the races, visit www.testofmetal.com.
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