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Local Test of Metal Registration Sells Out

posted 10 Dec 2010, 15:52 by Scott Park

The Test of Metal locals-only registration period—which opened to residents living from from Furry Creek to Darcy at 6pm, Dec. 1—closed at 9:07 pm the same evening when all 200 reserved spaces were filled, just three hours after opening.

The Test of Metal continued with the locals-only registration period after the success of the past three years.

“It went really smoothly,” said Race Director Cliff Miller. “It seems we sell the first 100 spaces really quickly,  and then the next hundred take a little time. Still, we didn't advertise this registration beyond our past riders list and the website, and the spaces still go quickly.”

Local riders who were not successful at this registration period still have the opportunity to register at the general registration at 6pm PST on January 1, 2011.

Miller also said that the Test of Metal will continue with its no wait-list policy of the past couple of years.

The Test of Metal, a 67 kilometre mountain bike race, is the most successful cross-country mountain bike in Canada and has sold out for the last 14 years.

Test of Metal Inc. is a not-for-profit limited company run entirely by volunteers. Since its inception, the Test of Metal has donated more than $125,000 to community organizations and events.
Registrations will only be accepted on-line through the Test of Metal website at

UCI Adds U23 Race to MTB World Cup

posted 30 Nov 2010, 15:00 by Keith Ryan

Canadian Cyclist has learned that the UCI intends to split the Elite men's field at World Cup cross-country races in 2011. The Under-23 and elite men will now race at separate times. Until now, the two categories have raced together, with the top U23 riders identified in a separate podium presentation. Some of the top U23 riders, such as Matthias Flückiger (Trek World Racing), are already finishing on the Elite podium, but in general U23 men have had difficulty cracking to top-10 in the World Cup. At this time, it appears that the U23 women will still race with the Elite women, although the possibly of a staggered start has been broached.

2011 Season Update

posted 15 Nov 2010, 14:34 by Kevin MacCuish   [ updated 15 Nov 2010, 16:42 by Keith Ryan ]

Now that an excellent 2010 season is wrapped up, we're busy planning for 2011. Here's a rough time-line:

Initial calendar planning and meeting with race organizers: Late November, 2010
Publication of the draft 2011 MTB Calendar: Middle of January, 2011
Announcement of the 2011 BC Cup Series: Late February, 2011

Cross Country BC Cup Winners

posted 15 Nov 2010, 14:28 by Kevin MacCuish

Cycling BC would like to take a moment to congratulate the winners (top 3) for each category in our 2010 Cross Country BC Cup Series. Well done! Also, thanks to all of riders, race organizers, clubs, teams, Commissaires, and other volunteers for their commitment to the sport. Nothing would be possible without them.

Under 15 Men

1st John Connor;  Salmon Arm

2nd Eric Dillion (Sunshine Coast Cycling);  Halfmoon Bay


Under15 Women

1st Grace Stanhope(Sunshine Coast Cycling); Halfmoon Bay


Under17 Men

1st Louis Dillon(Sunshine Coast Cycling); Halfmoon Bay

2nd Thomas Hardy; Salmon Arm

3rd Matthew Clough(Sunshine Coast Cycling); Roberts Creek


Junior Men

1st Jereomy Pelletier(Team Squamish); Garibaldi Highlands

2nd Philippe Janicki(Avia West Cycling); Victoria


Junior Women

1st Jessica Marquis(Sunshine Coast Cycling); Sechelt


Senior Men

1st Steven Devantier(Local ride); Pitt Meadows


Elite Men

1st Sullivan Reed(Prince George Cycling); Prince George

2nd Kevin Calhoun(Rocky Mountain - Different Bikes p/b KC Capital); North Vancouver

3th Thomas Skinner(Avia West - Blue Competition Cycles); Victoria

Elite Women

1st Jean Ann McKirdy(Local Ride); Maple Ridge

2nd Katherine short; Halfmoon Bay

3th Joele Guynup; Victoria


Master 30-39 Men

1st Mike Hunter(Rocky Mountain - Different Bikes p/b KC Capital); North Vancouver

2nd Trevor Hopkins(Team Whistler); Whistler

3rd Matthew Drown(West Coast Racing); Vancouver


Master 30-39 Women

1st Jeanine Ball(Local Ride); Vancouver


Master 40-49 Men

1st Pete Holzhuter; Kamloops

2nd Kalle Karu; Vancouver

3rd Ray Lachance(Glotman Simpson Cycling); Vancouver


Master 50+ Men

1st  Bill McMillan(Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club); Nanaimo

2nd Chuck Connor; Salmon Arm

3rd Denys Jones; (Sunshine Coast Cycling), Gibsons

Mountain Bike XC News

posted 15 Nov 2010, 14:00 by Kevin MacCuish   [ updated 15 Nov 2010, 16:44 by Keith Ryan ]

Welcome to the improved Cycling BC web site. This is where news concerning XC racing in BC will be published. During the season, be sure to check this area regularly.

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