1,000 riders are looking at the weather forecasts and filling water bottles and camel backs with e-load and Gatorade, bike gear is being checked over, last minute panicked trips to overworked bike shops are being done. Yes it is Test of Metal Mountain Bike Festival time in Squamish this weekend, and it is a whole lot of fun. What does that mean. Friday – Show and Shine even – cruiser ride that starts at Republic Cycles in Brakendale and goes down town for the Best in Show Competition. The downtown will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6pm to 9pm and there will be lots of activities for the kids – bike decorating, bouncy castles etc… Check out thefestival details Saturday – Test of Metal – 67 km of mountain biking fun. Watch out for the Black Tusk Realty team on Bonk hill handing out refreshments and maybe offering some help to those who need it (see the picture). Race goes at 11am from Brennan Park. If you finish and still have something left, After Party is the place to be. Sunday – Mini Metal from Squamish Station Mall (under 7’s), and The Rockstar Invitational Downhill in North Squamish. For all the information about these events go to the Test of Metal Site.