For the estimated 500 people waiting to get spots in the 2007 Test of Metal, organizers are offering a series of contests to help more enthusiastic riders jump into empty spots.
The first contest is due at noon on Feb. 14, as waitlisters are asked to submit 200 words on their most romantic Valentine’s Day. Test of Metal staff will narrow the selection down to five finalists, and event chief Cliff Miller will pick the winner.
If you’re on the list, send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org .
In other Test news, mountain bike instructor Diana Kilby will be hosting the Test of Metal Training Weekends on April 14-15 and April 28-29. The classes are open to both men and women, of all ages and abilities.
Kilby will provide participants with eight-week training programs, nutritional tips, race-day preparation tips, and suggestions for pacing during the race and for post-race recovery. As well, Kilby will cover skills development, and pre-ride sections of technical trails above Alice Lake as well as the Powerhouse Plunge.
The cost is $240 for the camp, or $280 with race entry. To register, contact Kilby at 604-984-0170 or e-mail email@example.com .
Finally, more information is available on the Pre-Test Race on June 9, taking place on a shorter 40 km course. First place in all adult categories will receive spots in the Test of Metal the following Saturday, second place will earn spots in the Gearjammer, and third place will earn entries in the newly formed Grass Roots Mountain Bike Association.
Sign-on is available on the Test website at www.testofmetal.com . The race will be limited to 250 racers, with a separate, shorter race for teens.
Queen of the Rail this Saturday
It’s ladies first, second and third this Saturday night as Whistler-Blackcomb hosts the third annual Queen of the Rails contest — the women’s only counterpart to the regular King of the Rails events.
The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, and as always will be judged by the participants at the end of a 1.5 hour jam session at the base of Blackcomb.
Sign-on gets underway at 5 p.m. in the Blackcomb Daylodge, there is a competitor meeting at 5:45 p.m., and the jam runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 to participate, with a valid Night Moves lift pass, and the top skiers and snowboarders in adult and youth categories will receive a share of the entry fees. As well, all participants are eligible to win draw prizes.