June 25, 2008 (Squamish, BC) – Organizers of Squamish’s other mountain bike race, The GearJammer, predict this year’s race, which will be held on July 26, will eclipse previous races. Now in its 6th year, the GearJammer, presented by G. Stewart Kerr Ltd., offers a gruelling 47 km. challenge for mountain bikers.
“Given the groundwork done by the Gearheads, our organizing committee, and the success of the Test of Metal this year, we anticipate this year’s race to be bigger and better than any other GearJammer,” said race director Curtis Roberts.
Roberts feels that the race has emerged from the shadow of the Test of Metal to be recognized as one of the premier cross country mountain bike races in BC.
“Many people think that because it’s shorter, it’s easier than the Test,” said Roberts, “but the fact is, your time in this race might be only 10% faster than the Test of Metal. The first place finisher will have a time only 10 minutes less than the Test.”
Squamish locals often look at the Test of Metal as a training ride for the GearJammer.
“The GearJammer is for connoisseurs,” said one prominent Squamish mountain biker. “The Test of Metal may offer all the excitement of the crowds, but if you want race the best trails in Squamish, you want to race the GearJammer.”
The race takes riders through some of the most challenging and exciting single-track in Squamish including “Middle PowerSmart,” “ReCycle”, “Pseudo-Tsuga”, and “The Plunge.”
he GearJammer is also the proud presenter of the Squamish Cup, sponsored by Pearson Financial, which is given to the first male and female Squamish-based rider to cross the finish line.
Both the GearJammer and the Test of Metal are organized under the umbrella of GRMBA (The Grass Roots Mountain Bike Association of BC) and share many of the same organizers and volunteers.
Any profit realized from the race is returned to the community. To date several thousand dollars have been donated by the GearJammer to the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association (SORCA) and the Squamish Emergency Program (SEP).
Information about registration or volunteering for the GearJammer can be found at www.gearjammer.ca.