Plaxton and Pendrel ace Test of Metal

Neither the storm clouds, the threat of cougars, nor a new gaudy outfit worn by Test of Metal race director Cliff Miller frightened away the crowds from the Test of Metal race. Saturday's main event, the 67km marathon race, saw more than 900 riders on the start line with weather and course conditions ideal for a fast race. Neither the men nor women disappointed with new course records being set in both categories.

On the men's side, Max Plaxton took a minute off his own record that he set last year with a time of 2:30:15. Following Plaxton was Russell Stevenson in second place at 2:35:05 and Kris Sneddon in third with a time of 2:37:07.

Women's winner Canadian Olympic Team member Catherine Pendrel shattered the women's record by taking more than six minutes off of the time set by Wendy Simms last year. Pendrel's time of 2:50:44 kept her 18 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor Dawn Anderson followed in second and Joele Goynup was third in 3:14:12.  Pendrel's time put her 19th among the men.

The sun shone on Sunday morning just in time for the the Mini Test of Metal for more than 200 tykes aged two to nine riding the circuit in the Squamish Station Mall parking lot in what has become one of the highlights of the Test of Metal weekend. The Squamish Lions served up more than 150 of their famous pancake breakfasts at the event.

The crowds moved from the fun of the little guys to the fearlessness of the downhillers in the afternoon The threatening clouds came, but the rain held-off, and Craig Bullen beat all the competition to reign as this year's Rock Star.

The Test of Metal Inc. is a not-for-profit society run by volunteers, and any proceeds from the race are returned to the community through charitable donations. Since its inception, the Test of Metal has donated more than CAN$100,000 to community organizations and events. This year was the 14th edition of the race. The past twelve editions have sold out.

The top 150 results are published below. An * indicates women's finishers.

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1Max Plaxton (Pro City Racing Victoria)2:30:15
2Russell Stevenson (Benaroya Research Inst)0:04:50
3Kris Sneddon (Kona)0:06:52
4Matt Ryan (Specialized/Magura/Crank)0:10:16
5Dwayne Kress (Corsa Cycles)0:10:53
6Matt Green (Steed Cycles)0:14:04
7Kevin Calhaun (RMB Different Bike)0:14:17
8Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain)0:14:18
9Chris Christie (Trek/Red Truck P/B Mosiac)0:14:24
10Colin Kerr (Rocky Mtn/Different Bikes)0:15:23
11Ryan Edwards0:15:42
12Andy Traslin (Steed/North Face/Ryders)0:16:40
13Michael Boehm (North Shore Credit Union)0:16:46
14Greg Grant (Tantalus Bike Shop)0:17:30
15Andrew Rosette (Second Ascent)0:18:32
16Duncan Gavin (Obsession Bikes)0:19:07
17Mo Lawrence (Tantalus Bike Shop)0:19:30
18Drew MacKenzie (Gary Fisher/Shimano)0:20:23
19Catherine Pendrel* (Luna Pro Team)0:20:29
20Reed Sullivan (Cycle Logic)0:20:30
21Leighton Poidevin (Bicycle Cafe)0:21:11
22Greg Day (Different Bikes)0:21:24
23Scott Woolley0:21:54
24Olivier Gendron (Xprezo)0:22:15
25Mike Charuk (Ryders)0:22:43
26Devan McLelland (John Henry Rides)0:22:50
27Seth Wells (Cap's Original)0:23:43
28Dave Burch (Team Whistler)0:23:43
29Keith Ray (Rocky Mountain Bicyc)0:23:56
30Marty Lazarsky (Rocky Mountain)0:23:57
31Ted Russo (sercert cycle)0:23:58
32Ryan Draper (Rebound Cycle)0:23:59
33Kelly Servinski (Republic)0:24:24
34Fraser Charles (Specialized/Dizzy Cyles)0:24:35
35Matt Shandro (wife)0:24:44
36Jeff Reimer (Arrowsmith Bike Club)0:25:41
37Simon Tremblay (Arrowsmith Bike Club)0:26:02
38Justin Mark0:26:19
39Matt Bodkin (Whistler Bike Co.)0:26:41
40Eric Crowe (Kona/NRG)0:26:42
41Martin Bojesen0:26:49
42Normon Thibault (Frontrunners)0:27:25
43Nels Guloien (Team Diabetes)0:27:31
44Kevin Noiles (Mosaic Homes)0:27:32
45Tony Bachler (Dr. MA Bachler Inc.)0:27:52
46Bryan Anderson (Rocky Mountain)0:28:07
47Matt Klymson (West Coast Racing)0:28:29
48David Huntley (Everti, Experience)0:29:34
49Heath McCroy (Bicycle Cafe)0:29:38
50Mike Winkel0:29:39
51Andrew Brown (Blacks Cycle/Norco)0:29:40
52James McSkimming0:29:44
53Travis Hauck (NRG)0:29:58
54Peter Stevenson (Experience Cycling)0:30:12
55David Kvick (Rocky Mountain/ Different)0:30:12
56Robert Whishaw (MEC, Obsession Bikes)0:30:15
57Andreas Taylor0:30:42
58Ryan Newsome (Local ride)0:31:31
59Andrew Clarke0:31:32
60Chris Bishop (Kate)0:31:34
61Bob Allison (The Core)0:31:46
62Trevor Jones (Team Diabetes)0:32:06
63Hayden Drygas (fanatykco)0:32:08
64Aaron Weiss (full boar)0:32:16
65Martin Van Essen0:32:44
66Jonathon Firth0:32:48
67Aart Van Kooy0:32:50
68Mike Hunter (Rocky Mtn)0:33:31
69Ken Olson (Arrowsmith)0:33:32
70Quinn Moberg (Team Squamish)0:33:35
71Michael Traslin (Steed Cycles)0:33:48
72Matthew Drown (West Coast Racing)0:34:10
73Pete Holzhuter (Skookum Cycle Revels)0:34:11
74Adam Smith (Goodwin Studios)0:34:12
75Stuart Bookbinder0:34:31
76Shawn Von Diebitsch (Bike Gallery)0:34:32
77Ted Matson (Self Sponsored)0:35:31
78Mike Rauch (Life Cycles Abbotsfo)0:35:33
79Rob McSkimming0:35:34
80Erik Svege (Clif Bar)0:37:22
81Mel Kartusch0:38:05
82Craig Bartlett (Bicycle Cafe)0:38:12
83Greg McDonnell (Whistler Bike Co.)0:38:15
84Dawn Anderson* (Oak Bay Bikes)0:38:39
85Matteo Abel0:38:47
86Niels Steiner0:38:49
87Franã§Ois Bã©Dard (Specialized)0:38:50
88Trevor Hopkins (Rocky Mtn)0:39:10
89Dale Ewanchook (Refresh)0:39:11
90Simon Blythe0:39:22
91Carl Goldstraw (Zoe)0:39:37
92Jesse Melamed (Natures Path)0:40:00
93Sheldon Orr (Daryl-Evans Racing)0:40:02
94Rod Dagneau0:41:20
95Craig Sabourin (Different Bikes)0:41:24
96Carlos Haeckel* (Rudy Project/Sunring)0:41:25
97Dave Johnston0:41:35
98Ryan Young (Terrascape Racing)0:41:45
99Mark Schroeder (Team Diabetes)0:41:53
100Lj Wilson0:42:26
101Edan Marshall (Les Foux Fourchettes)0:43:15
102Steve Noble0:43:30
103Mike Kopec0:43:50
104Joele Guynup* (Island Racing)0:43:57
105Keith Wilson0:44:06
106Glen Illingworth0:44:11
107Dustin Gordon (Team Whistler)0:44:12
108Andrew Shandro (trek)0:44:28
109Mark Matson (Kona)0:44:30
110Chris Birch0:44:48
111Bill McMillan (nanaimo mtb club)0:44:48
112Jonathan Lloyd0:44:49
113Bart Nakano (Team Alliance)0:44:52
114Cameron O'Donnell0:44:54
115John Irvine0:44:59
116Melanie Vaughan* (Steed Cycles)0:45:00
117Edward Lawson0:45:52
118Nick Holatko (Blacks Cycle)0:46:06
119Dave Cleveland (Java Junkies)0:46:09
120Lesley Clements* (Marin Bikes, Bike Co. Whi)0:46:21
121Ann Yew* (Team Whistler)0:46:28
122Glenn Joiner0:46:41
123Adrian Lasalle-Lowe (Mojo Signs)0:47:00
124Robin Dutton (Arrowsmith Bikes)0:47:01
125Barry Rempel (Team Diabetes)0:47:09
126Andrew Baird (Squamish Titans)0:47:20
127Tim Daechsel (bike barn)0:47:40
128Rob Mulder (Steed Cycles)0:47:56
129Chris George (NRG)0:48:09
130Stephen Todd0:48:49
131Johnny Halliday0:49:20
132Keith McIvor (Obsession Bikes)0:49:29
133Leigh Reynolds0:49:33
134Dix Cox0:49:37
135Matt Dawes (oak bay bikes)0:49:40
136Maurice Castonguay0:49:47
137Max Saenger (Karen)0:50:02
138Jeremy Hart0:50:04
139Basse Clement (Team H&R Block Kona)0:50:20
140Graham Ross (Different Bikes)0:50:27
141Justin Harman (Bicycle Centres)0:50:34
142Diego Marchese (Team Diabetes)0:50:45
143Eric Barnsley (Rocky Cycle)0:51:09
144Russ Bougie0:51:32
145Bart Gould0:51:33
146Jeremy Eden0:51:38
147Chris Lawrence (Team Squamish)0:51:41
148Martin Dickson0:51:42
149Brett Grayston0:51:45
150Rick Bowerman0:51:46


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