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Test of Metal on sale Jan. 1

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If you weren't one of the 200 racers to get a spot in the early locals registration, you'll get another chance to enter the Test of Metal at 6 p.m. on Jan. 1 as the 1,000 spots are sold.

This race will sell out, so make sure that you have a fast Internet connection. Typing skills are also a must as you won't be able to submit your application until it's complete. You can sign up to four names at a time, so it might work better to team up with some friends, but that also means you have more information to fill out.

The event sold out all 800 spots in under 25 minutes for the 2010 race. The 2011 race - scheduled for June 18 - is expected to sell out as quickly.

The race itself is a 67 km epic through Squamish, featuring trails like the Powerhouse Plunge and Crumpit Woods. Over 30 km of singletrack is on the route.

The fastest riders will finish in just over two hours, experienced racers are three to four hours, and a lot of people will finish in five to six hours. There are two cut-offs on the course, but very few people don't make it.

There is no refund and no waitlist.

For more information and registration visit www.testofmetal.com.

 

No penalties for broadcast of luge death

Viewers in Canada didn't have to imagine what happened to Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili when he crashed into a pillar and died on the eve of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games - many people saw it on television. The crash was broadcast five times during the day, and four times after the death was confirmed - including the evening newscast.

Given the fact that Kumaritashvili was pronounced dead within an hour of the accident, many questioned CTV for showing the 21-year-old's death.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council received 145 complaints related to the footage, including three requests to conduct an investigation. However, last week the council ruled that Olympic broadcaster CTV was within in rights to show the footage.

The standards council determined that CTV did warn people that the footage was disturbing and upsetting and limited the footage to a long shot taken of the accident. They also said that CTV did not breach any national standards when it comes to broadcasting violence.

In the 40 second clip you could see Kumaritashvili sliding out of control heading into the last corner, hitting the track wall and bouncing out of the track into a metal pillar holding up a roof over the corner. Immediately after the accident track workers can be seen running towards the accident.

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