Organizers of the Test of Metal announced a rideable re-route of the Rock & Roll, the much-dreaded hike-a-bike in first half of the 67km point to point race in Canada.
"There's some talk that it should be renamed Muzak, " Miller joked about the trail work done. The hike-a-bike has always been a concern for racers and organizers, and this year, Test of Metal, Inc., the not-for-profit that runs the Test, paid to build an alternate route that runs parallel and switches back to the top of the hike-a-bike.
"This year we're allowing riders to choose their route," Miller said. "The hike-a-bike and the ride will be open, but I think that most people want to stay on their bikes and will choose the riding route." Which route will be faster will depend on the rider.
The Test of Metal will also continue its popular Ambassador Program for this year. It's a group of nearly a dozen local mountain biking enthusiasts who ride the course and assist racers encountering difficulty.
"These folks have all ridden the race and felt the pain. They will do almost anything to get a stranded rider back on the trail from fixing mechanicals to offering encouragement," Miller said.
The race kicks off Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 am in Squamish.