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Test of Metal on sale Jan. 1



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


Canadians strong on the Dew Tour

The Winter Dew Tour got underway in Breckenridge Colorado last weekend with superpipe and slopestyle events for skiers and snowboarders.

Three of the four events are potential previews for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee is currently considering the addition of ski halfpipe, and ski and snowboard slopestyle to the Games schedule.

In ski halfpipe, Vernon's Justin Dorey had the lead after the first round, but was bumped back to second by American Simon Dumont. Kevin Rolland of France was third.

On the women's side, Alberta's Dania Assaly took the win, followed by Swiss skier Mirjam Jaeger and American Jessica Cumming.

In slopestyle, Alexis Godbout of Quebec posted the highest score in Dew Tour history to take the win. He was followed by American Bobby Brown and Sammy Carlson.

Ashley Battersby, Keri Herman and Jessica Warll of the U.S. were first through third on the women's side.

There were no Canadians in contention in the snowboard halfpipe, with Americans Louie Vito, Matt Ladley and Greg Bretz placing first through third for the men. Queralt Castellet of Spain placed first in the women's event, followed by Americans Elena Hight and Kaitlyn Farrington.