News & Updates

When Brodie discontinued with its Test of Metal in 1994, Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association (SORCA) founder and president Cliff Miller and Squamish mountain biking and rock climbing guidebook author and publisher Kevin McLane met in a pub one night and drew out a proposed new Test of Metal race course on the back of a coaster.

News & Updates

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT FINAL TEST OF METAL

Test of Metal 2016

Thank you to all racers, volunteers, the mountain bike community and everybody who came out to support our race for making this final Test of Metal a huge success. And thank you to all for your attendance and participation not only this year, but over some or all of the 21 years that you’ve been […]

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Everything you need to know about the 21st and Final Test of Metal

Squamish Test of Metal Inc Photo by Double Shutter

Welcome to the 21st and Final Test of Metal (and everything you need to know) from Race Director, Cliff Miller Welcome to the 2016 Squamish Test of Metal Mountain Bike race weekend, June 18-19. 2016 is our 21st and final year and we are thrilled you have chosen to celebrate mountain biking and this great […]

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One Last Hell of a Series

Nimby 50 Pemberton BC

As the iconic Squamish Test of Metal mountain bike race (presented by Nesters Market, Squamish) enters its final year, race organizers have partnered with the Pemberton NIMBY Fifty (presented by Chromag Bikes) to resurrect Hell of a Series, for one last time. To qualify for Hell of a Series, participants must complete all four of […]

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Cross Training for Mountain Biking

Garibaldi Active Wellness Squamish BC

Cross training is designed to build flexibility and strength by challenging the body to move and function in a way that differs from the way you move in your primary sport. It is designed to improve fitness and performance.

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Orecrusher Volunteers Needed

Volunteer for the OreCrusher

This year’s OreCrusher is happening Saturday, April 16. We are always in need of people who are willing to lead a category/area, perhaps you would consider leading this year, after all you have the experience!

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Peak Centre for Human Performance

Peak Centre for Human Performance

Training scientifically for 10 weeks has produced better improvements than he could have ever imagined in such a short time. The saying ‘Train Smarter, Not Harder’ really does hold true for Tobin McCallum.

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Test of Metal Supports Don Ross School Climbing Cave

Test of Metal Squamish BC

The Test of Metal is all about mountain biking to most people, but the Squamish organization has worked over the last couple of years with Don Ross Middle School to make a climbing cave a reality.

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Last Chance Test of Metal

Race Start Line

The iconic Squamish Test of Metal mountain bike race (presented by Nesters Market Squamish) will take place for the last time on June 18 after more than two decades as arguably one of the best events in Canadian mountain bike history.

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Growing Up With the Squamish Test of Metal

Test of Metal Inc Squamish BC

If you’re planning to do the Test of Metal this year or it’s on your bucket list, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Top 10 Best Ways to Recover from the Test of Metal

Test of Metal Inc Squamish BC

No sooner does the snow begin to melt, than are bikes brought out from hibernation for the start of Test of Metal training. For the veterans, you know your body takes a beating after an activity like this. But while you might already be in the know…for the newbies, and everyone else who wants to up their game, we bring you firsthand advice on how to recover like a pro.

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10 Ways Gardening is like Mountain Biking

Coast Aggregates Landscape Depot

Spring just around the corner promised the return of two of Squamish’s great outdoor activities: mountain biking and gardening.

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Test of Metal Introduces New Registration Options

Squamish Test of Metal Inc Photo by Double Shutter

While the Test of Metal mountain bike race single-race entries have sold out, there are options available for anyone who wishes to do two or more of the Test of Metal group of races. New two-race registration packages have been introduced for the Test of Metal in combination with either the Orecrusher, the Gearjammer or […]

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Test of Metal: Registration Opens January 1

Test of Metal Squamish 2016 Registration

Add an item to your agenda for New Year’s Day at 6:00pm: registration opens for the 21st Test of Metal Mountain Bike race in Squamish, B.C. With historically fast sell-outs, the January 1 sign-up is an annual tradition for mountain bike enthusiasts recovering from their New Year’s Eve revelries. For those people who would like […]

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Test of Metal: Locals Registration Opens December 1

Test of Metal, Squamish BC

Sea to Sky residents can get the jump on the rest of the Test of Metal field with their eligibility to register early for the 21st edition of this classic mountain bike race. Residents living within the Furry Creek to D’Arcy corridor, including Squamish and Whistler, are eligible for the locals only registration which opens […]

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Cliff Miller inducted into the Cycling BC Hall of Fame

Cliff Miller

The organizer behind Squamish’s legendary Test of Metal mountain bike race series has been honoured by the province’s largest cycling organization. Last week, Cliff Miller was inducted into the B.C. Cycling Hall of Fame at the Cycling BC 2015 Awards Ceremony. The annual event, held in Burnaby, recognizes outstanding athletes, coaches, clubs and race officials. […]

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Test of Metal starts race series in April for 2016

We love our Test of Metal Volunteers and Supporters

Test of Metal Group of Events: 2016 Schedule The 21st edition of the Test of Metal mountain bike race is set for its usual mid-June date, but starting this year, the race season will get under way earlier for the Squamish-based series with two spring races, and end later with a fall classic. The Test […]

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Test of Metal News

Test of Metal Volunteers

The latest news regarding our flagship Nesters Market Test of Metal weekend festival. Pre-Test is back. Squamish Mountain Family Competition. Call for Volunteers. 3-Pack entries still available. This year only, the Test of Metal Relay!

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OreCrusher Ready to Roll

Mountain bike racers - Test of Metal Inc Group of Events

The Orecrusher is a multi-lap, classic cross-country mountain bike race through the Cheekeye Fan single-track trails of Brackendale. The Orecrusher, held on May 9, 2015, is the first of the year in the Test of Metal Group of Events and is a great warm-up for the mountain bike race season

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Coast Aggregates Presents OreCrusher

Coast Aggregates Presenting Sponsor Squamish OreCrusher

Test of Metal Inc. welcomes the newest Presenting Sponsor – Coast Aggregates Ltd. Coast Aggregates has been a part of the Sea to Sky community since 1996 …

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Test of Metal to include Relay Race for 20th Anniversary

Cliff Miller with historic lineup of previous Test of Metal Winners

The Test of Metal will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a variety of events including a teams-of-two relay for this year’s race only.

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A Decade of Sponsorship

Jude Goodwin, Owner, Goodwin Studios - Media Sponsor, Test of Metal

Goodwin Studios is a 2015 sponsor of Test of Metal Inc which marks 10 years of sponsorship for the company. Owner Jude Goodwin was interviewed recently by Sponsorhip Director Christine Campbell.

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Test of Metal Sold Out – 4Pack Still Available

2015 Test of Metal

The Test of Metal is now sold out for single-race registration; however, there are still a limited number of 4-Packs available.

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Test Of Metal: Sell-Out Imminent

Riders in helmets - Test of Metal Inc Group of Races

As of Monday, January 5, the Test of Metal was on the verge of being sold out

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Test of Metal: Locals and 4-Pack registration

Test of Metal Inc Group of Events

Sea to Sky residents can get the jump on the rest of the Test of Metal field with their eligibility to register early for the 20th anniversary of this venerable mountain bike race.

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Plaxton, Pendrel Test of Metal champs for 2014

Both the men’s and women’s winners rode to dominant victories in the Test of Metal Saturday in Squamish, B.C.

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More than a Race

The Test of Metal is more than a race to me  – it is a personal inspiration on so many levels. It gets me motivated on Jan 1st as soon as my registration goes through. I know I have 6 months to get my ass in shape. This means that instead of building up my strength during […]

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Rider Feedback 2012

2012  Speaking of ugly, could you please ask Darlene to dress Cliff for race day next year. Thanks to everyone for putting on a wonderful race. All the volleys I encountered were great. The eyewash gal at the finish line was a nice touch, as well as the guys with the warm water rinse at […]

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Test of Metal Stands the Test of Time

As Cliff Miller explains it when he and Kevin McLean started the Test of Metal they didn’t know what they were doing they just wanted to create a good cross-country mountain bike race. “We didn’t know any better it’s been trial and error,” said Miller. The Brody Test of Metal was first run in Sechelt […]

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Test Your Metal Trivia

Rider in Front of Car - Test of Metal Inc

Hone your Test of Metal trivia knowledge All answers below are true to the best of our knowledge. If you dispute any of these answers, or if you have othere good trivia questions to add send an e-mail to Test of Metal Race Director Cliff Miller Q: Where was the first Test of Metal held? […]

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Showers Pass 2011

Test of Metal blows them all away! My first TOM since it’s the same weekend as our local 50-miler, Test of Endurance, down in Oregon. But I came at a friend’s urging and wanted to let you know it was the most fun mtb race I’ve ever done. Why? 1. Phenomenal crowd support 2. Despite […]

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Rider Feedback 2011

Send us your feedback or your story for posting on the Test of Metal website. Send to:  Webmaster 2011 Test of Metal blows them all away! it was the most fun mtb race I’ve ever done. Susan Sherman Showers Pass Cycling Team Click here Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who made the 2011 […]

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Test of Metal History

The first Test of Metal mountain bike race was held at Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast, back in the early 1990s. At that time, the race was known as the Brodie Test of Metal. The Brodie Test of Metal was then held in Squamish on the trails above Alice Lake in 1994 and 1995. […]

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