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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.

Rider Feedback 2011

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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 ToM an amazing experience.  I can’t say enough about how great the volunteers where at all the feed stations, they truly made the difference in us finishing. Thanks again, and see you all next year!! Phil Sinnott. Producer, Beefy Media

Completed my first ever Test of Metal today! Awesome work by all the volunteers! THANKS. Also, was blown away by the crowds that showed up to cheer all the riders, that made the day VERY special. Squamish is obviously very supportive of this event. Well done by all! Will be ready at the computer Jan 1 2012 @ 6pm again!  Les Puchala  Abbotsford


“Test of Metal is more than a race … ” Richard  Click Here

“I enjoyed the experience immensely – a pleasant Sunday ride with 800 of my closest friends… A very well done weekend of bicycling madness… Although I may say rude and nasty things about you as I struggle up the hill on Far Side with legs cramping and lungs falling out, please don’t take it personally – I’ll still be having a good time, honest!”
– C.R., Squamish, B.C.

“I vow to return. I will train for longer than two hours at a time. I will finish the Test of Metal in less than four hours… Next year.”
– C.C., North Vancouver, B.C.

“I have both raced at several NORBA nationals in the states and I have some other prestigious races to compare your event to. This is the best organized and funnest event I have ever attended. The course is challenging and the volunteers are fantastic.”
– T.A., Seattle, Washington

“I thought this was the best race I have ever done. It’s fun, fast, SUPER technical… The Plunge is wicked good.”
– B.S., Bellingham, Washington

“The community support is unparalleled by any other event I have seen (Cheakamus Challenge, Whistler Summer Session, Hornby Island Bike Fest, North Shore Festival)… The course was lined up with wall to wall spectators, cheering loudly for everyone that went by.”
– A.K., Whistler, B.C.

“I have never had so much fun beating the crap out of my body and I can’t wait to go again.”
– F.F., Squamish, B.C.

“I have done most of the races in B.C. and yours (as always) is the best run event of the season. Maybe you should run clinics on how to put on a great event for the people who never seem to get it right.”
– S.H., North Vancouver, B.C.

“I’ve never had to push myself as hard (mentally & physically) as I had to on Sunday (I loved it). It was a true test of METTLE.”
– J.L., Burnaby, B.C.

“Probably one of the finest, most smoothly run events I have ever been to.”
– C.M., Portland, Oregon

“With a young family, I don’t get to travel to many out of town races but I wouldn’t miss the Test of Metal. I have raced the last three and have to say it is consistently the best run sports event I have participated in… by far!”
– W.C., Victoria, B.C.

“Congratulations on another extremely well run Test of Metal event. The whole weekend was very successful from the First Intergalactic Chariot Races, to the Trials and the Test of Metal. It was great for the whole community.”
– K.H., Squamish, B.C.