For the second year the Test of Metal held a locals only registration for Sea to Sky riders, limited to 200 spots in the 2009 edition. This year all 200 spots were snapped up in two hours and 15 minutes, well before Friday’s deadline.
The rest of the spots, some 800, will go on sale on Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. Organizers are expecting the race to sell out in about two hours, based on interest from past years.
The locals registration was held after registration for the 2007 race wrapped up in less than an hour, and several locals that compete each year were unable to register online before the last spots went. The locals registration ensures that people who live in the Sea to Sky corridor will always be represented in the event, which takes place on June 20, 2009.
The race is 67 km long, and includes over 1,200 metres of climbing and 35 km of singletrack trails.
According to race president Cliff Miller, the locals spots were spread over the corridor, with residents from Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton jumping at the opportunity to bypass the free for all on New Year’s Day.
To register on Jan. 1, visit www.testofmetal.com. The action starts promptly at 6 p.m. and it may take several tries to get through. Find a high-speed connection, and maybe coordinate your efforts with friends by phone or in the same Internet hub because you can enter up to four names when you get through. Have your credit card ready.
Again, pro elite entries do not have to register by Jan. 1, and can register until much closer to the race. Email signup@testofmetal to register as a pro elite.
Canadians strong in U.S. snowboard grand prix
Calgary’s Dustin Craven was the top Canadian in the opening U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper Mountain this past weekend, placing fifth behind Americans Louie Vito and Steve Fisher, Finland’s Antti Autti, and Daniel Friberg of Switzerland.
Although he’s not a member of the national team, the result qualified Craven for a spot in the world championships in Gangwon, South Korea this year. Only one other Canadian has qualified so far, Squamish’s Brad Martin. Martin was 13 th at Copper Mountain.
Craven is a regular at pro events in Whistler, and is best known for a win in the Showcase Showndown pipestyle competition in 2007 at the age of 17.
“Usually he does more backcountry (snowboarding) but he wanted an opportunity to eventually contend for the Olympic team,” said national halfpipe coach Tom Hutchinson. “He did very well today.”