Saturday, June 18th saw the end of an era when the final Test of Metal XC Mountain Bike race was held in Squamish. This iconic race covers a 67 kilometer course with over 1,200 meters of climbing and 35 kilometer of single-track and over the last 21 years it helped to put Squamish on the “map” as a destination for mountain biking. Much of the credit for making this event and the related races (Ore Crusher, Gear Jammer and JABR) such a success is Cliff Miller (Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association (SORCA) founder and president) and the large team of dedicated volunteers and sponsors that have supported these events for over two decades. Legend has it that Cliff Miller and rock climbing guidebook author and publisher Kevin McLane met in a pub one night back in 1994 and sketched out a proposed new Test of Metal race course on the back of a coaster. Since then it has steadily grown into one of the premier race events on the west coast with over 1,000 competitors of all ages and abilities taking part. This year conditions were almost perfect for the first two hours of the race before steady rain started making the track slick for those who were still grinding away after three hours. This years race was won by Squamish’s own Quinn Moberg, much to the delight of a large, loud and very excited local fan base. Quinn epitomizes much of what is great about volunteer and community-based events like the Test of Metal. He grew up riding and racing the trails up and down the Sea-to-Sky corridor and as his skills developed he raced further and further afield. Quinn has always been very quick to acknowledge the large network of support his success demanded – lead by his family, friends, coaches, sponsors and all the volunteers that drive these sorts of events – he is a great ambassador for the sport and a deserving champion. Congratulations to all the competitors and thanks to everyone involved in pulling this off – although sad to see the end of this particular series of races, I’m hopeful that something equally exciting will replace them. A few shots of the day can be seen by clicking this link or the photo of Quinn Moberg on the left.