2016 May Gearjammer – Squamish

GSB_Canada-9091-20160507_SquamishThe final edition of the GearJammer is a 52 kilometer point-to-point cross-country mountain bike race that started near Alice Lake, and finished in Rose Park near downtown Squamish, BC. The mostly single-track course comprises some of the most challenging cross country single-track in the area and is one of the Test of Metal events. Local rider, Quinn Moberg won the mens race with an amazing time of 2:23, narrowly beating out Sullivan Reed.  Quinn has now won the first two of the Test of Metal Series (the first being the Ore Crusher).  Next up in the iconic Test of Metal, scheduled for June 18th. Dwane Kress put up another impressive effort winning his division and coming in 6th overall. On the women’s side Nanaimo’s Carey Mark (Steed Cycles of West Vancouver) won with a time of 2:53, followed closely by Brandi Heisterman – a shout out to Natasha Cowi of Steed Cycles who came in a very impressive 6th. All the results can be seen at the Test of Metal website. A few shots of the race, mainly taken near the bottom of Half Nelson can be seen by clicking on this link, or on the embedded photo to the left.  Congratulations to all participants and volunteers who, over the last 20+ years, have helped to build this series of races into one of the premier biking events in Canada, and helped to put Squamish on the sporting map. Although 2016 is the last year this series of events will be held under the Test of Metal banner, the culture of community based racing events will no doubt continue. I’d also like to acknowledge Mike Charuk, who coaches Team Squamish, and other coaches like him that dedicate endless hours developing young talent.  Many of Canada’s finest riders owe a huge debt of gratitude to the dedication and commitment made by individuals like Mike.