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Day of race registration for the first event - at a location which is yet to be determined - will be available for $35 either in the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb or in the trailer at the top of the Garbanzo Chair on Whistler Mountain.

You can also buy a pass for all eight races for $196, which can save you between $36 and $84 for the season.

Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all abilities are welcome to participate in what is essentially a professionally set course and split-second timed race. It's also good training if you're participating in the annual Peak to Valley Race in February.


Test of Metal sells out early entries

The locals-only entry to the 2011 Test of Metal sold out in just under three hours on the evening of Dec. 1, with 200 Sea to Sky residents scooping up all the available spots in the 67 km bike race.

If you didn't get into the race that way, there's always the general registration on the evening on Jan. 1. Registration will go live at Jan. 1, 2011, with spots going on a first-come, first served basis.

Organizers have extended registration to 1,000 riders this year, to bring the total to 1,200 including locals. Still, you'll have to be fast, as last year the 800 available spots sold out in a record 25 minutes.

It pays to have a strategy. Participants can register up to four names at once, so it's a good idea to join forces with friends at a location with a fast Internet connection and to try, try again until someone gets through.

Another good idea is to type out names and other registration data beforehand, like your address, e-mail phone number and credit card information, so you can quickly cut and paste the names into the fields before clicking the registration button.

The cost is $75 to sign up and entry fees are non-refundable. Once again there are no wait lists - organizers are expecting about 20 per cent of riders to drop out, so just over 800 will be on the start line.

The other way to get into the race is to go pro, as pro elite athletes can sign up at any time before the start of the race.

The event gets underway on June 18 at 11 a.m., with a staggered start. Riders will be asked to seed themselves based on their estimated finish time, and will leave in waves to prevent riders from bunching up on the first section of singletrack. The race includes over 30 km of singletrack, including the very technical Powerhouse Plunge.