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    Kamloops - Intermontane Challenge Tire recommendations

    Anyone have any recommendations for type of tire for the Intermontane Challenge in Kamloops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metacycle
    Anyone have any recommendations for type of tire for the Intermontane Challenge in Kamloops?
    Maxxis Cross Mark either tubeless or converted with a good amount sealent in it. Cacti will be the main source of flats.

    Some of the stages are smooth others are quite rough.
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    Good to know about the cacti, thanks!

    I'm rolling big wheels and although they are a great tire there is no Crossmark UST or Tubeless Ready in 29er size. I was thinking of the Hutchinson Toro for the reasons you mentioned. Fast rolling, sidewall protection, tubeless ready.

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    Schwalbe Racing Ralph snake skin 2.25 or Michelin xcr Dry 2 xpert 2.0 any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccm
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph snake skin 2.25 or Michelin xcr Dry 2 xpert 2.0 any good?
    A couple of people running those around here.

    Really the grip levels in kamloops are generally pretty good. If it gets hot and dry you will have loose conditions to deal with, but that is the worse that will happen. If it is rainy (which is rare) it could be really tough on the trails at low altitude but the only tire that works in those conditions is a rather specialized mud tire (1.8 maxxis medusa for example).

    I have ridden one of the stages and parts of the others. Two of the stages pinch flats are a bit of a worry, but only if you are running a tubed tire at low air pressure.

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    looks like lots of road or high speed smooth trails for the Intermontane
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    flip stem upside down for aerodynamics or not?
    I can ride North Shore technical with the stem either way (less than a minute slower down 7th and Pipeline than Geoff P )

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    I have used the Racing Ralphs here in Kamloops before and they work well for a XC tire. I was more impressed with them then the Crossmarks which I had used prior. I would use the racing ralphs here presonally but that is just my preferance.

    As LMN stated that if it is raining it will be tough. It is mainly clay around here and the last time I rode in the rain my 2.35 nevegals gained about 10 lbs and had zero traction.

    The part you need to know about Kamloops riding in regards to the stem is that you go straight up the mountain and then come straight down. There are very few and I mean very few rides that are rolling. Climbs around here tend to be more on the steep side of things, however I have not riden any of the IMC trails but know the area's where they are.

    Expect dry heat like in the mid 30's cel or higher for when the race is on so be prepared.

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    Good info here, thanks for posting.

    There are a bunch of us coming down from Whitehorse, pretty much everyone is on Racing Ralphs, 26 or 29, tubeless or not. Sounds like a good choice. They work really well up here on our dry singletrack.

    I just switched to Conti Mountain Kings (29er) to get more cornering traction. They also seem to hook up a little better for standing singlespeed climbing. Still on the fence about what I'll run down there, I'll bring my Ralphs down as well.

    How much of an issue will thorns be? Should I worry about putting sealant in my tubes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo
    Good info here, thanks for posting.

    There are a bunch of us coming down from Whitehorse, pretty much everyone is on Racing Ralphs, 26 or 29, tubeless or not. Sounds like a good choice. They work really well up here on our dry singletrack.

    I just switched to Conti Mountain Kings (29er) to get more cornering traction. They also seem to hook up a little better for standing singlespeed climbing. Still on the fence about what I'll run down there, I'll bring my Ralphs down as well.

    How much of an issue will thorns be? Should I worry about putting sealant in my tubes?

    I would put sealant in. You never know when you will get caught in a cacti patch.

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    Update for all you racers. We've had very little rain the past few weeks and it is dry and dusty.

    The Greenstone section (top) has a lot of sharp rocks and such - a beefier tire might be good here

    Kenna section - all harpack baby, fun and fast

    Screaming Mosquito section - a variety of of everything (was just cleared and groomed)

    Other Sections (not desclosed yet) - some freshly cut trail with soft and deep sandy traps

    Have fun!

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    would Nobby Nic (at least on front) be better than Racing Ralph with all the predicted soft and dry, and or loose gravelly sections?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccm
    would Nobby Nic (at least on front) be better than Racing Ralph with all the predicted soft and dry, and or loose gravelly sections?

    It should be more dry and hard then soft. I would go with the Racing Ralph. One of my house mates runs RRs and is quite happy with them.

    Make sure you hve the ability to carry a lot of water. It is going to be stupidly hot.

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    wow cort - that's pretty cool adding the Greenstone top in there. How about adding in some Lolo for the old-school dorp to falt crowd. The hike-a-bike through blowdowns will also make some people happy. Sounds like a great course
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    will the Greenstone stage involve the same trails as the Full Boar Challenge, or I am confusing that with Green Mtn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccm
    will the Greenstone stage involve the same trails as the Full Boar Challenge, or I am confusing that with Green Mtn?

    There is a lot of trails on Greenstone. Probably a mix of stuff you have done and stuff you haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL
    wow cort - that's pretty cool adding the Greenstone top in there. How about adding in some Lolo for the old-school dorp to falt crowd. The hike-a-bike through blowdowns will also make some people happy. Sounds like a great course
    Lee,

    Yea Greenstone will be a blast. 22 K up the service road then sweet singletract all the way down . My understanding was that Paul B and Chuck B were trying to add Lolo to the mix, however there was too much "red tape" to make it happen this year - perhaps next year.

    The really cool thing about having this race in Kamloops is that it will open a lot of doors for local mtb'rs. After the event, a few of these trails (that are on private property) will become Legacy Trails which will allows us to maintain and ride them legally

    It gonna be hot boys and gals
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    So far I am glad to have stayed with the Mountain Kings... The big knobs are giving me a lot of comfort on the very loose downhills. Racing Ralphs would be sketchy, IMHO.

    Dying in the heat out here.

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    Ya I feel sorry for you guys. I went for a 20 km loop on Monday and left around 3 in the afternoon at 35 Cel and got home an hour and a half later at 39. I was thinking as I was riding that lucky for you guys the race was not for another week. When I got home i realized the date....

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    Some local ******* just sabotaged the course for today. I guess he doesn't want people on "his" trail. We're waiting for a re-route but are losing the best 30 km of the stage today.

    Thanks Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo
    Some local ******* just sabotaged the course for today. I guess he doesn't want people on "his" trail. We're waiting for a re-route but are losing the best 30 km of the stage today.

    Thanks Jeff.
    Apparently the guy wanted to keep "free" in "free-riding" and didn't want the x-c guys riding his trail, which BTW, is on crown land.
    All I have to say is wow.... way to **** up a good thing for the city of Kamloops, the organizers, volunteers, and the riders.
    Welcome to Kamloops!

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    That is unreal that someone would do that.

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    There is probably a lot going on that we don't know about. I have heard that the race organizer has burned some bridges with the local riding community, BUT, I wish they had not taken it out on the riders.

    Regardless of the local politics or who's screwing who over, the people who are taking the brunt of it are the racers who came a long way and paid a lot of money. We started 2.5 hours late yesterday, were exposed to more insane heat and most of the riders were lost on the mountain at some point. It's not fun or safe.

    I finished yesterday but am pulling the plug. All five of us are out of the race now, it's been too hot and too much of a **** show. We're hitting Silverstar today instead.

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    We bailed too

    We bailed too. It was a gong show. Very unsafe and unorganized. Heard that Jeremiah got hurt and people got lost but that's all we know from yesterday. Its really a shame that the riders are taking the brunt of this. We dropped a lot of coinage on this.

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    Well I don't blame you guys for dropping out. The heat alone can finish people off. I hate to whole politics and still am blown away that someone would wreck the course. How long are you guys here for?

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    I just heard from someone who is riding there and they told me it's the worst organized event they've ever been too. I guess a lot of people are leaving and asking for money back. She's going to try to finish it but is pissed off that she spent so long training and so much money for this race.

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    It is really too bad thing are going as they are.

    I was hoping they would go better but suspected that there would be the rather major organization problems.

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    Apparently Jeremiah Bishop is injured pretty badly.

    "CT scans revealed a 20% compression fracture of the T4 and T5 vertebrae, Jeremiah was hurting! Not only was he in severe pain, be he was “crushed” by the thought of abandoning the race with only 2 days left, while in the lead by over 5 minutes. We are all grateful things were not worse, because as you know any injury to the spine can be very serious. In the coming days will better know the ramifications of such an injury but Jeremiah will likely be out of action for a while, including the Leadville 100 which was a major focus."

    for the full story see http://monavie-cannondale.com/

    That's horrible

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    There is now a RCMP investigation into the trail sabotage..

    From the local media.

    http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/2...ourse-sabotage

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    Have talked to some elite riders considering legal action.

    Don't care... We rode Silver Star today and it was the best day I have ever had on a bike. Amazing. 100x better than suffering out in the heat in this stupid race.

    Should have brought my DH bike and spend the entry fee on lift passes instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo
    Have talked to some elite riders considering legal action.

    Don't care... We rode Silver Star today and it was the best day I have ever had on a bike. Amazing. 100x better than suffering out in the heat in this stupid race.

    Should have brought my DH bike and spend the entry fee on lift passes instead.
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    Glad to hear you had a good time in Silverstar - some wicked riding up there. If you're still kicking around in Vernon, and not sick of the heat, try some of the x-c riding in the area. If you have some more time on your hands, head over to Kelowna for some nice more singletract treats.

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    ..and then down to Penticton, and maybe over to Merritt, and check out Oliver, and so on, and so on, and so on.....

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    ya three blind mice is some of the best riding i have ever done there are days of single track there.

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    looks like both the saboteur and the organizers were at fault.

    http://www.velonews.com/article/9623...fter-a-chaotic

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    Intermontane stage results are neutralized after a chaotic day.
    By Zack Vestal
    Published: Jul. 31, 2009

    After the successful stage 2 of the Intermontane Challenge in Kamloops, British Columbia, the event suffered a significant setback on day three. A last-minute course change, forced by a suddenly uncooperative local resident, kicked off a disastrous sequence of events that lead to multiple miscues on the course and the day’s results being nullified.

    Unfortunately, word of the race neutralization did not reach the front of the field, where GC leader Jeremiah Bishop crashed hard near the finish in pursuit of eventual stage winner Chris Sheppard. Although he rode to the finish line, escorted by teammate Tinker Juarez, Bishop was then transported to a local hospital where he was X-rayed and diagnosed with two cracked vertebrae, ending his race.

    At the end of a frustrating day for participants and organizers alike, promoter Chuck Brennan faced the challenging task of deconstructing what went wrong, and pacifying the 100 or so participants who are losing patience with the fledgling event.
    Sabotaged even before the start

    Before the planned, 85km stage even began, it was thrown into chaos. According to organizers, at around 9 pm the night before, Brennan got a call from a volunteer who was helping to mark the course.

    Paul Berry, the owner of local bike shop Spoke n’ Motion and a top-10 finisher, recounted events on the eve of the fateful stage. “Chuck received a call from Matt who was out marking the course. There was a guy up there on a section of the course,” said Berry. “This guy basically said, ‘If you guys mark this course, I’m gonna take it down. And I’m gonna be up here at four in the morning, waiting for you to mark it, and I’m gonna take it down. I’ll do whatever I can to wreck the course,’” related Berry.

    According to Berry, the caller claimed ownership to some of the “Greenstone” trails, where the race was to have included a challenging descent, because he helped build the trails. Berry said the trail is on public land and built on an old motorcycle trail. The race had a permit to hold the event there.

    The Kamloops Daily News reported that local police are investigating vandalism to the course.
    Last minute course change leads to confusion

    With help from Berry, who had been involved with course selection and trail building for several months, Brennan decided to shorten the course, and run it in the reverse direction of the original plan. Organizers rescheduled the 8 a.m. start to 9:30 while re-marking took place. However, additional delays pushed the actual start deeper into the day’s heat, to 10:45am.

    As with previous starts, the group was to be escorted by police out of town on city streets, for a neutral rollout. But because the police hadn’t been given an updated course map, they misrouted the group into a suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of town. Berry led the group on a sequence of trails back to the course, and waited for stragglers to rejoin. But even before this turn, participants at the back were abandoned by the police escort because the group had split during the neutral rollout.

    As racing finally got underway, things seemed to return to normal, and the first half of the course was adequately marked and marshaled. But halfway through the day’s major descent, riders started going off course. “If you rode the course in the direction we had planned it to go, it would have been no problem to follow it, cause it was marked as an uphill,” said Berry. “But going down, it’s tough.”

    Because markings were behind trees, and arrows were pointing up-trail instead of down, riders began having difficulty. To make matters worse, and cementing his decision to neutralize the race, Brennan himself, on the lead motorcycle, misdirected a group of riders in the top ten. “I took some riders for a two- or three-kilometer joyride through the woods, and that was my mistake,” he said during an emotional evening meeting to explain the situation. (Your reporter was among those misled by Brennan, which amounted to a 20-minute detour).
    No easy answers

    This miscue, compounded by others who reported difficulty finding the route, left the entire group feeling frustrated. At the evening meeting, many spoke up. Riders who managed to stay on course felt deprived of their efforts. Those who got lost on stage 1 wondered why that stage hadn’t been neutralized. Others worried about basic safety, given the remote courses, hot weather, and potential medical issues.

    Brennan was only able to apologize and pledge to improve marking, safety, and marshaling.

    “So many people in this community, especially the mountain bike community, are really pissed off,” said Berry. “It’s a huge investment of time and money and effort, it’s really frustrating. This is the first time we’ve had the city behind a mountain bike event like this,” he continued. The city of Kamloops, the local tourism board, and the provincial lottery are all backing the event. “So to have all this crap come down is hard. It takes a long time to develop that relationship with the city,” said Berry.

    Overall results (after stage 3 results were nullified)

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    It sounds like one crisis- the removal of course marking simply kept snowballing as the day went on.

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    The sabotage was only one thing. Its possible that if the race organization had sat down before the race over a beer with the unhappy trail builder to discuss options - maybe things could have been different - who know? . However, so many other things were not right about the race - poor course markings to begin with, not enough aid stations out there, no sweep until hours after the last rider, no radio communication between aid stations, etc. Its amazing that those hurt actually were able to receive aid. I didn't see anyone out there who could have even walked into the course to help and there was no medic moto, quad, or other means of transportation except some vans and there is no way they could have gotten into some of that terrain.

    The disgruntled trail builder will take the brunt of criticism for the disastrous race, I fear, when it really belongs with the race organization.

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    - pissed off local trail builder
    - police not given updated trail maps
    - lead moto leading top riders off course for a few km's
    - lack of rest stops and new course markings despite old markings still being there

    sure there were external influences that derailed the race, but these things above are easily solvable with better preparation and more leg-work. seems like a lack of communication between race director and local authority/infrastructure

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    I hope some people can see that Kamloops is a fun place to ride and not let this tarnish their views on the city.
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    We are just back from racing the Intermontane Challenge all safe and sound, but with the exception of being fully baked, roasted and barbequed (the temperature in the clay banks on the north side of town was ~45C, but as they say if you can't take the heat don't enter the oven).

    Lots of event bashing on the interweb right now. Reading between the lines, my understanding is that a lot of it has to do with the break up of the organizer partnership between Chuck, Kelly and Dustin. Kelly and Dustin tried to fire Chuck, but because of a shot gun clause in their business contract, Chuck was able to buy out and fire Kelly and Dustin. Friends of Kelly and Dustin seem eager to shout that the event was a failure (it wasn't) and that Chuck has burnt all his bridges (I would say several but not all) and that he is disorganized (true).

    The race had advertised $10,000 certified cheques to each of the men's and women's open winners and a $60,000 prize list. The break down of the $60,000 was not published until days before the start of the race. The majority of the remaining $40,000 consisted of free entry to next year, free accommodation and merchandise. Many elite racer's were furious and expected cash prizes paid deeper (it seems that many did not think they were capable of winning but still wanted payment for placing further back, because they were ELITE). On Day 0, Chuck quickly dipped into his own pocket and said that 2nd man and women would each get $3000 and 3rd would get $1000. Chuck seemed to be doing a lot of last minute damage control all week and never had the chance to get back fully in control. The loudest whiners seemed to be in control of the direction of the race. During the Day 0 meeting, different racers kept asking the same questions over and over again, even though another racer had just the minute before asked the same question, like "where is the start line", "does the mileage on the map start with zero" (it seems that many of these ELITE racers are good at listening to themselves talk but not listening to other people).

    Course marking was adequate for an adventure race (as good as BC Bike Race in the first year and better than La Ruta). The map provided ahead of time was excellent, and showed air photo, topographic landmark, drainage and contour info, with a course profile and distances (lots of complaining about the published distances though, because some racers' gps or bike computers did not agree with the map (I personally think relying on distance measurements for mountain biking is stupid - potentially deadly stupid in the wilderness - if a map says there is a feed zone at 20 km after you cross the top of a mountain, and you get to 20km on your gps and you have not crossed the top of the mountain or reached the feed zone, you better believe the landscape not your fancy schmancy uber expensive electronic gizmoid)). Any way, during a later racer meeting a English/New Zealand couple was b1tching that since the race had tempted the ELITEs to come to try to win $10,000, they expected an elite level of race organization, that the course should be marked like a marathon, and that an ELITE women racer shouldn't be expected to read a map (rumours are that they are threatening to sue the organizer for the loss of potential prize money).

    There were enough feed zones and water even for the people taking two to three times longer than the winners (Many faster in the pack riders blew though early feed zones and later complained when they ran out of water. Many also were too vain and ELITE fashion conscious to wear a camelbak).

    We had fun, and would have liked more single track and less gravel road/doubletrack, but don't consider the event a failure. The other event staff were very professional and wonderful. The volunteers were cheerful and great. The trails we did see were fun. The scenery and community are fantastic. I hope that the Intermontane Challenge gets a second chance, and that the bridges are mended between the local trail riding/building community.

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    I am very glad to hear a good experience from the race! Unfortunately I heard all the bad with two different soloists staying at my house and giving me their daily updates. Soloists who have competed in several races including LaRuta and the Transrockies who seemed to not feel the same way. They seemed to feel it was the worst race they had ever been in.
    They were also quick to notice the advertised $60 000 in cash prizes wasn't the case and was lowered to $30 000 as you pointed out. I think the organizers forgot to remove this from their other business website:
    http://kamloopsbikecompany.com/events/
    Where it says plainly: Over $60,000 in cash prizes, tons of sweet merchandise to hand out, and of course having the right to say you accomplished the Intermontane is a prize on its own.

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    CCM,
    Very nice write up. Nice to hear a positive spin on the event. I Hope you and the others come back next year for #2. Rumor has it that the organizers want the race to start May or early June so they can beat the hot season.

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    Test of Metal Press Release – August 4, 2009

    Test of Metal offers free entry to Intermontane racers

    Squamish, B.C. – Organizers of the Test of Metal group of races in Squamish have announced that they are offering free entry into any one of their events in 2010 to racers of this year's Intermontane Challenge in Kamloops.

    The 15th annual North Shore Credit Union Test of Metal (www.testofmetal.com) will be held June 19, 2010 on its world-renowned 67-kilometer point-to-point course with over 1,200 meters of climbing and 35 kilometers of single-track. The Test of Metal is considered to be the most successful cross-country mountain bike in Canada and has sold out for the last 12 years.

    With the popularity of the Test of Metal and the amazing amount and variety of Squamish single-track, Test of Metal created two spin-off races, the Gearjammer and the Orecrusher.

    The 8th annual Gearjammer (www.gearjammer.ca), presented by G. Stewart Kerr Ltd., will be held July 24, 2010 on an unrelenting 52-kilometer point-to-point course, with the vast majority of it on some of the most challenging cross-country single-track in the Squamish area.

    The 3rd annual Orecrusher (www.orecrusher.com) will be held May 15, 2010 on a multi-lap classic cross-country course through the Cheekye Fan single-track trails of Squamish.

    With racers at the recent Intermontane Challenge in Kamloops subjected to some unfortunate logistical problems, Test of Metal wants to do its part to promote mountain bike tourism in British Columbia and help ensure that racers from around the world continue to return to this province for the great riding that it offers.

    “In the spirit of goodwill, we will offer Intermontane racers a free entry to one of our races. We want all mountain bike races in B.C. to succeed and we just wanted to do our part to keep racers returning to the great mountain bike events that are held across the province,” said Test of Metal race director Cliff Miller.

    Test of Metal Inc. is a not-for-profit society run by volunteers, and any proceeds from its races are returned to the community through charitable donations. Since its inception, Test of Metal has donated more than $125,000 to community organizations and events.

    Intermontane racers who want to accept this invitation to participate in one of three Test of Metal races are asked to respond to [email protected] before December 1, 2009, indicating which race they want to enter.

    - 30 -

    For more information, please contact Cliff Miller at [email protected].

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    ccm - thanks for the reality check. Always appreciate your point of view
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