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"I'm amazed every year at how quickly this thing sells out," said race director Cliff Miller," and every year we seem to get entries from farther afield. This year we've got 64 riders coming from out of country."

All told, riders registered from six different provinces, five U.S. States and five countries. Around 200 riders are from outside Sea to Sky and the Lower Mainland.

As well as 800 riders, the race also has a core of 300 volunteers at the start, finish, feed stations and trailheads, which have been credited with making the race so enjoyable and popular.

"To be frank, without the volunteers and the people of Squamish lining the course this would just be a bike race," said Miller. "It's the town that makes it the event that it's become. They're the ones who ensure this sells out so quickly."

The 2010 race takes place on June 19, and will be surrounded by other events as part of the now annual Squamish Mountain Bike Festival. Other events include the Pre-Test Festival in downtown with a lot of fun events for families, the kids mini Test on Sunday and the Rock Start Invitational Downhill on Sunday.

The course for the Test should be the same as previous years, although there is always a chance that more singletrack can be added if it replaces any road or doubletrack sections.

 

Long track speed skating team named

Speed skaters have been some of Canada's top medal earners in past Winter Games and the country is expecting great things at home in a month when the Olympics get underway. In fact, speed skaters are crucial to Canada's Own The Podium goal of placing first among nations in total medals.

This week Speed Skating Canada named 16 athletes who will represent Canada in the Long Track events.

The women's team will be led by Olympic veterans and medalists Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen - Canada's most decorated Olympian of all time, but not quite in race form this year after getting surgery on both knees in 2009. Also back are Kristina Groves and Christine Nesbitt, who are leading the World Cup rankings this year in the 1,500 metre and 1,000 metre events respectively. Shannon Rempel will be competing in her second Winter Games, while Brittany Schussler, Anastasia Bucsis and Tamara Oudenaarden will wear the red and white for the first time.

Denny Morrison will lead the men's team, although most of the attention will go to three time Olympian Jeremy Wotherspoon who has also battled injuries lately. Also racing are Kyle Parrott, Jamie Gregg, Mike Ireland and Francois-Olivier Roberge.

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