Test of Metal adds two races 

The Test of Metal group of events, which includes the Orecrusher and Gearjammer, is expanding by two more events next year.

One event is a downhill race that will be held in conjunction with the Gearjammer on July 25. The race will take place on Half Nelson, a machine-built trail in the spirit of A-Line that is being created as part of a $50,000 grant from the province.

Also new in 2010 is Just Another Mountain Bike Race, a 40 km event that falls in between the Test of Metal and Gearjammer in terms of difficulty. Taking place on Aug. 21, the race helps to round Squamish's mountain bike calendar which includes the Orecrusher in May, the Test of Metal in June and the Gearjammer in July.

Roughly 2,000 people are expected to take part in the four events.

 

Contractor's Challenge looking for golfers

One of the best deals for golfers this season also has the best intentions, with 100 per cent of the profits going to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Contractor's Challenge takes place on Thursday, Oct. 8 with a one o'clock start.

The cost is $400 for a foursome, which includes a round of golf at the Whistler Golf Course, free power cart rentals, a sleeve of golf balls, dinner at the clubhouse and a chance to win prizes. There will also be competitions on course like closest to the pin and longest drive.

The event is called the Contractor's Challenge after a local contractor who is currently battling cancer, but anyone is welcome to take part.

The format is Texas Scramble, where all four golfers playing from the same spot at every stroke in an attempt to post the best score. It's a good format for people that don't golf a lot but get lucky now and then, says organizer Brian Gavan.

To register a team, or as an individual looking to join a team, contact Gavan at 604-902-0421. There is room for up to 32 teams in the tournament, and in the neighbourhood of 15 teams had already committed to play.

 

Wolf Pack host Grandview in must-win

The Wolf Pack will be hosting the Grandview Steelers at home this Saturday, a matchup that can only qualify as a must-win for the team despite the fact that the season is not even a month old.

Squamish has a record of 1-5-0-1 in their first seven games for just three points and last place in their conference standings. Grandview, a top team from last year, has slipped somewhat and are coming into Squamish with a (slightly) better record of 2-2-0-2 and six points.

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