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Test of Metal brings back staggered start

The organizers of the North Shore Credit Union Test of Metal are bringing back the self-seeding starts this year, giving riders an opportunity to place themselves in different start chutes depending on how long they expect it will take them to complete the race. The idea is to prevent bunching up on the singletrack and other issues that can happen in an 800-rider mass start.

"Last year worked really well," said race director Cliff Miller. "The guy coming in at five hours doesn't want to be lined up with the rider finishing in three hours."

The organizers have also announced a small change of course. Instead of finishing on Logger's Creek Trail, riders will take the new corridor trail and enter the finish area from the opposite direction this year.

Ten $100 cash prizes sponsored by local businesses will be on the course this year, and there will be prizes of $250 for the top men and women in the elite category, followed by $150 for second, $100 for third, $75 for fourth and $50 for fifth.

"If someone leads tape-to-tape, he or she could take home at least $1,250," said Miller. "That's not bad for a Saturday afternoon ride."

Organizers believe another course record is possible this year with good weather, as improvements continue to be made to trails along the Test of Metal route.

For more information on the race and the Test of Metal events taking place through the weekend visit www.testofmetal.com.

Squamish Rocks 2010 celebrates the Games

Promising an important announcement for the community, the District of Squamish and Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Games (VANOC) are hosting a celebration of Squamish athletes and volunteers, as well as recreation and culture, this Sunday, June 14.

"Squamish is well-positioned to benefit from the Games next year and the event this weekend will give us a glimpse into what is possible for our community out of our participation in the opportunities associated with the Games," said Mayor Greg Gardner.

The Games have been controversial in Squamish, which has seen potential legacies come and go with changes of plans. Currently the town houses a volunteer centre, drives programming at Whistler Olympic Park through the Callaghan Local Organizing Committee, and may house hundreds, if not thousands, of Olympic workers and volunteers on a cruise ship. Other initiatives are underway to develop a ski jump progression in the town, and to encourage visitors to stop and explore the town on the way to events in Whistler.

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