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    And They're Off!!!

    The Ultrasporters hit the trail at 14:00 today under bluebird skies, a slight north wind and 9 degrees on the thermometer (in the sun). Peter was pulling 2 guys along on his wheel (Jay and some long lankey skinny friendly dude). Pete didn't look like he felt any aftereffects of his 10-hour Susitna win. I took photos of everyone on the trail--I'll try to have them on the www.alaskaultrasport.com website by tomorrow. Jacques was looking his usual chipper self. That Japanese Bike Pusher was cruisin' along conserving energy and looking confident. First-time female racer, Lou, was grinning ear-to-ear staying out of the wind behind Erik. The guys up front should be worried. Very, very worried!

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    Some photos of the start

    Kathi, I took a bunch and will send them but here's a few for the forum. I wonder how the racers are handling the temps, it must have been around -30 last night going up the river.
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    Wow

    Just saw that Pete has pulled into the lead leaving finger lake. Could just be a small lead though. Who knows. Sounds really fast out there, but cold. Could be a record year.

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    Holy $hit!

    Pete made it to Finger Lake in 16 hours--that's 130 miles in, through the night, on snow, with temps well below zero.

    I *think* the previous record to that point was ~24 hours, set by Pat Irwin in 2002. To knock 8 hours off of that time speaks volumes about how packed the trail must be, not to mention Pete's motor.

    Notable too is that Jay P is still darn close to the leaders after ~100 miles. Will be really, really impressive if he can stay that close through the Range and down into Rohn.

    Getting ready to head into night 2. Curious how Pete will do with sleep deprivation combined with strong cold as he heads into the Range. Stayin' tuned, and gettin' itchy...

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    Wow ... Jay P is doing really well - still on the heels of the leaders.

    Pete seems to have a strong lead leaving Finger Lake. As fast as he's moving, how far do you think he'll push sleep deprivation? It's not inconceivable that he could be halfway to McGrath by the time the 24-hour mark passes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jilleo
    Wow ... Jay P is doing really well - still on the heels of the leaders.

    Pete seems to have a strong lead leaving Finger Lake. As fast as he's moving, how far do you think he'll push sleep deprivation? It's not inconceivable that he could be halfway to McGrath by the time the 24-hour mark passes.
    Pete'll be the first to admit that sleep deprivation is his weak point. He gets to the point that he just can't keep his eyes open, and needs to take a nap, even as his legs are grinding him up another hill.

    Even if the trail conditions stay the same (hard and fast) beyond Finger Lake, the amount of climbing and roller coaster trail really slows things down. At a guess, I'd say that Pete will be through Puntilla well before sunset and maybe even well into the Pass by dark. It'd be darn hard (and potentially self-destructive) to push all through the night to get into Rohn before sleeping, but that's just speculation on my part, of course...

    Rocky and Jeff have each other to lean on when the cold and dark come. Pete has Pete to rely on, and come this time tomorrow we'll have a better idea of how well that works out for him.

    Jay would do really, really well (from a 'racing' standpoint) to stay close to or even team up with Jeff and Rocky. So much experience to be gained in the right and wrong way to do things, just by watching race vets. Unless Jay is purposely traveling alone. Lots to be said for that, too...

    My biggest question right now? Where's Carl? Why isn't he up there? I suspected this might be the year that he stayed with and pushed the leaders across the burn...

    Fun to speculate. Lookin' forward to the next report.

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    Unbe-freakin-lievable!

    Pete's into Puntilla in just a hair over 24 hours! Jeesus!

    A little premature to say that he's a lock to break the record, but not premature by much. Man it must be good conditions out there!

    FWIW, in '05 when the current 350-mile record was set, I didn't leave Finger Lake until ~4:30pm, and didn't arrive at Puntilla until ~1:30 AM. Pete's over 11 hours ahead of that pace already!

    The biggest, most obvious threat to slow him down is the reported lack-of-trail through the Pass. But by now AT LEAST three snowmachines have gone through the Pass. With no precip and little wind in the forecast, even if he has to walk the freshly broken trail he should be able to make Rohn before noon tomorrow. And once through there, the trail is virtually snow free all the way to Nikolai, which most years means VERY fast riding conditions.

    Wow.

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    Holy Crap Holy crap holy crap!!!!!!!!!

    Amazing speed. I have my fingers crossed that he won't self destruct from pushing too hard with too little sleep. But it looks good, and at his pace he will hit McGrath before he even gets tired.

    Sounds like conditions are amazing. Except for the cold.

    MC....11 hours ahead of your '05 pace makes my head spin. Wow, wow, wow that is fast. I hope he can hold on. Good thing he did the 100 last week as a warm up!!!

    Didn't notice Carl until you mentioned it. Hope he didn't get any frostbite, like he did last year. Or he could just be hanging out and riding with Eric W. that could be a fun ride. Looks like the start was similiar with crazy cold on the rivers. So we might see some bail outs over the next day or so as frostbite from that first night flares up.

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    Go Jay!

    Way to stir up the all-Alaskan leaderboard a bit. I hope everyone got through the first cold night with no frostbite and can continue on at this blistering pace. I can't wait for the next update and to see how fast, or slow, the pass is for the frontrunners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam
    Holy Crap Holy crap holy crap!!!!!!!!!

    Amazing speed. I have my fingers crossed that he won't self destruct from pushing too hard with too little sleep. But it looks good, and at his pace he will hit McGrath before he even gets tired.

    Sounds like conditions are amazing. Except for the cold.

    MC....11 hours ahead of your '05 pace makes my head spin. Wow, wow, wow that is fast. I hope he can hold on. Good thing he did the 100 last week as a warm up!!!

    Didn't notice Carl until you mentioned it. Hope he didn't get any frostbite, like he did last year. Or he could just be hanging out and riding with Eric W. that could be a fun ride. Looks like the start was similiar with crazy cold on the rivers. So we might see some bail outs over the next day or so as frostbite from that first night flares up.

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    Still hard to wrap my head around getting to Puntilla in 24 hours. I remember in '01 ('02?) when the media made a big deal about Rishi Grewal getting to Finger in 29 hours. Whoopteflippindo.

    Bottom line is that the cold temps have obviously set the trails up rock hard. Doesn't mean easy (whoop de doos and blown out climbs/descents) just fast. And the cold will keep folks moving more and dilly dallying less.

    Having just read Kathi's report about the alders and lack of trail through the Pass, I'm thinking the pace is gonna slow substantially over the next 24 hours for the leaders. Once into Rohn, the remaining trail looks to be very, very fast. So a new record is still highly likely.

    Here's the entrance to the Pass. Not many alders to speak of.


    Here's the view from the top, looking north:


    No pics of the alders that await them after that. They start within a mile of the top of the Pass, and even in a good year can be pretty annoying to a sleep deprived racer that's focused on getting down to the cabin in Rohn.

    In case you can't tell, I'm kinda ants-in-the-pants to hit the trail myself. Couple more days... Hope the weather doesn't change much.

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    I was wondering about Carl myself. Hope he's okay!

    Sounds like the conditions are great, hoping that everybody finishes unscathed.
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    [QUOTE=mikesee]Still hard to wrap my head around getting to Puntilla in 24 hours. I remember in '01 ('02?) when the media made a big deal about Rishi Grewal getting to Finger in 29 hours. Whoopteflippindo.

    Bottom line is that the cold temps have obviously set the trails up rock hard. Doesn't mean easy (whoop de doos and blown out climbs/descents) just fast. And the cold will keep folks moving more and dilly dallying less.

    Having just read Kathi's report about the alders and lack of trail through the Pass, I'm thinking the pace is gonna slow substantially over the next 24 hours for the leaders. Once into Rohn, the remaining trail looks to be very, very fast. So a new record is still highly likely.

    Here's the entrance to the Pass. Not many alders to speak of.


    Are these pictures current/recent? what do you think the chances are that Pete, or any of the race leaders will decide to take the long way and add 33 miles? It might be a risky move but if the Alders are that bad it might be the only logical choice. then again i haven't been there so i was hoping for some input from those that have.

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    Holy Sh$t is right!!!
    Pete's time to Puntilla!!! is absolutlyfreakinglootly increadible!
    First time checking in since it started, and I'm dumbfounded...

    Cold is right! spent the night in a tent with friends and it was easy -15 below up in a valley, not on the rivers... in the Alaska range!

    Carl looks like he's kicking it up a few notches and chipping away, only 4 hrs behind rocky and crew at finger isnt that far back..

    wow, I cant wait to see whats next..

    ok a few more things... who is the burly looking guy behind Brij in the photo?
    Also looked like alot of Lycra at the start, hope they all stay warm out there
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    the burly guy is...

    Jay Petervary, last year's winner of the Susitna 100, from Jackson, WY. Although he is a bit inexperienced at winter riding, he's very tough and could be a factor in the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grroes
    Are these pictures current/recent? what do you think the chances are that Pete, or any of the race leaders will decide to take the long way and add 33 miles? It might be a risky move but if the Alders are that bad it might be the only logical choice. then again i haven't been there so i was hoping for some input from those that have.
    Those pics are 2 years old. Tough call on which way to go for the lead pack. No idea what kind of info they have there (at Puntilla), nor how much faith they'll put into the reports they get of the trail conditions (or lack thereof) ahead.

    I'd be thinking long and hard about it as I headed out of Puntilla and towards the trail split. A few miles of alders can take all day to whack through. 33 extra miles of marginal trail can also take all day. Do you wager that the Rohn crew has been efficient and cut a swath through on the Idita trail, or do you wager that the Iron Dog trail has set up since Bill (and possibly others) have gone through?

    Wish I knew the answer. 24 hours later it'd be a no-brainer, but right now it's the million dollar question.

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    Looks like Pete left Puntilla just before 6pm. Damn, why didn't he take a live feed sattelite camera with him so we could have a better sense of what he's experiencing right now? I guess he wasn't thinking too clearly when he packed for the race. He must have been too busy winning the Susitna or something useless like that.

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    Jay's very tough....


    GO JAY!!!

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    The big decision

    As if this race wasn't exciting enough, now we have the Rainy Pass situation to speculate about as we stare at the text updates from Kathi. Will the racers have much trail info by the time they get to Puntilla? Will new racers even know there is an option to go around?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Tough call on which way to go for the lead pack. No idea what kind of info they have there (at Puntilla), nor how much faith they'll put into the reports they get of the trail conditions (or lack thereof) ahead.

    I'd be thinking long and hard about it as I headed out of Puntilla and towards the trail split. A few miles of alders can take all day to whack through. 33 extra miles of marginal trail can also take all day. Do you wager that the Rohn crew has been efficient and cut a swath through on the Idita trail, or do you wager that the Iron Dog trail has set up since Bill (and possibly others) have gone through?

    Wish I knew the answer. 24 hours later it'd be a no-brainer, but right now it's the million dollar question.
    Have you ever heard of someone not going over the pass and taking the long way around? I was reading the Iditarod webiste and saw this quote about the Iron Dog trail:

    Historical Note: In a few of the early years, the Iditarod didnít use Rainy Pass. Instead, the trail made a long, 70-mile run past the mouth of Rainy Pass and south down Ptarmigan Pass to Hells Gate, a dramatic but reasonably wide and level-floored canyon through the spine of the Alaska Range cut by the South Fork of the Kuskokwim River. The trail then followed the river north back to Rohn. This route is still an option if Rainy Pass is unusable for some reason. The Iron Dog snowmachine race from Anchorage to Nome two weeks before the Iditarod always follows the Iditarod northern route, and tries to use the Hells Gate detour rather than risk the run down the Dalzell Gorge.

    As tired as these racers are at this point, I can't imagine having to decide whether to take the long way around and ADD distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave in Driggs
    Have you ever heard of someone not going over the pass and taking the long way around?
    Nope. I've seen people working their way back along the Iron Dog route after making a wrong turn, but never heard of anyone going that way on purpose. 33 miles is an eternity at that point--even with the info we have about the alders I'd have a very, very hard time convincing myself to add that many miles.

    Hopefully by tonight we'll have more info to go on.

    I'm willing to bet that Rocky, Jeff, and Jay's premature departure from Puntilla had a lot to do with an uneasiness and inability to sleep, due largely to the decision weighing on their minds, as well as the knowledge that as they lay still, Pete was covering ground.

    Great stuff.

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    New question here. "Wall of Alders"

    Just talked to KathiM and she said BillM, who's trailbreaking on a snowmachine encountered a wall of alders trying to get up Rainy Pass and had to detour through Hell's Gate on the Iron Dog trail. Didn't sound like anyone else on a snowmachine had been able to get over the pass from the south side either. The checker heading to Rohn broke their snowmachine hitch trying to get over the pass yesterday. Luckily Dan, the Ultra Sport checker had Puntilla knew how to weld and fixxed that problem. Terry from Rohn had been able to break a trail up the pass from the North side to within a mile or so of the pass so there is a trail once you cross the pass. Heard the racers were not overjoyed with the prospects ahead when in Puntilla. It may be faster around Hell's Gate, 33 miles extra distance, if there's a good trail, then to bushwack through the alders of Rainy Pass.

    And one Spanish runner is not yet into Luce's, the first check point. My buddy Mark who lives up the Yentna River is coming out today and will look for him. He might have gone up Kroto Slough at Scary Tree and is off route like many racers did last year.

    Anyway, great race, especially when you're sitting in a warm house monday morning quarterbacking.

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    Good info, wildfire. I was a bit confused as to why anyone would even consider the hellsgate route. But I get it now. I've always heard that there is a lot of open water that way. But I don't know. I've heard all sorts of things but don't really know anything about that route. like the old map makers used to say "here be monsters"!!

    I'm thnking about how when you get off the packed trail and break through you can feel that "mile of alders" below you. It must be a mess without snow cover. And no broken trail until after the pass sounds slow slow slow. It would take me days to get through the alders and up to the pass without a trail.

    This armchair thing is fun and warm, isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    Just talked to KathiM and she said BillM, who's trailbreaking on a snowmachine encountered a wall of alders trying to get up Rainy Pass and had to detour through Hell's Gate on the Iron Dog trail. Didn't sound like anyone else on a snowmachine had been able to get over the pass from the south side either. The checker heading to Rohn broke their snowmachine hitch trying to get over the pass yesterday. Luckily Dan, the Ultra Sport checker had Puntilla knew how to weld and fixxed that problem. Terry from Rohn had been able to break a trail up the pass from the North side to within a mile or so of the pass so there is a trail once you cross the pass. Heard the racers were not overjoyed with the prospects ahead when in Puntilla. It may be faster around Hell's Gate, 33 miles extra distance, if there's a good trail, then to bushwack through the alders of Rainy Pass.

    And one Spanish runner is not yet into Luce's, the first check point. My buddy Mark who lives up the Yentna River is coming out today and will look for him. He might have gone up Kroto Slough at Scary Tree and is off route like many racers did last year.

    Anyway, great race, especially when you're sitting in a warm house monday morning quarterbacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam
    Good info, wildfire. I was a bit confused as to why anyone would even consider the hellsgate route. But I get it now. I've always heard that there is a lot of open water that way. But I don't know. I've heard all sorts of things but don't really know anything about that route. like the old map makers used to say "here be monsters"!!

    I'm thnking about how when you get off the packed trail and break through you can feel that "mile of alders" below you. It must be a mess without snow cover. And no broken trail until after the pass sounds slow slow slow. It would take me days to get through the alders and up to the pass without a trail.

    This armchair thing is fun and warm, isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Nope. I've seen people working their way back along the Iron Dog route after making a wrong turn, but never heard of anyone going that way on purpose. 33 miles is an eternity at that point--even with the info we have about the alders I'd have a very, very hard time convincing myself to add that many miles.

    Hopefully by tonight we'll have more info to go on.

    I'm willing to bet that Rocky, Jeff, and Jay's premature departure from Puntilla had a lot to do with an uneasiness and inability to sleep, due largely to the decision weighing on their minds, as well as the knowledge that as they lay still, Pete was covering ground.

    Great stuff.

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    I wonder also if rocky, jeff, and jay leaving Puntilla early may have had something to do with the 5 other racers that showed up just before they left. maybe too much commotion for them to sleep any longer? at any rate i'm really anxious for some information to come in from Rohn later today.

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    Wow!

    It looks like Pete made it to Rohn at 11:15 a.m. by going to long way. He has 140 miles to go, and I wonder if he'll try to do it without sleeping again now that he's taken a nap out on the trail.

    Amazing if he can still break the record even with the extra mileage.

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    Kathi's latest update says Peter got to Rohn at 11:15am via the Hellsgate route. Being the first one down the trail and having to make the decision to add distance had to be tough.

    I am dying to know whether Rocky, Jeff, and Jay followed his tire tracks or gambled that they could make time on him by going over the pass. Peter had a 6 1/2 hour lead at the previous checkpoint so we may not know for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jilleo
    It looks like Pete made it to Rohn at 11:15 a.m. by going to long way. He has 140 miles to go, and I wonder if he'll try to do it without sleeping again now that he's taken a nap out on the trail.

    Amazing if he can still break the record even with the extra mileage.
    It looks pretty good for Pete to break the record still. Depending on when he leaves Rohn, he's still roughly 5 hours ahead of record pace. The year that the current record was set saw pretty soft snow and lots of walking from Sullivan Creek into Nikolai. Translation? With little to no snow between him and Nikolai, it's likely that he'll be motoring along at better than average pace, and really unlikely that he'll be walking any.

    I'm guessing he'll either nap on the trail in the wee hours and get into Nikolai around sunup, or push through the night to get there before sleeping, risking blowing up in the process. Either way I'm betting on him being in and out of Nikolai by ~10am tomorrow, and possibly into McGrath by 4pm. That'd be 4 hours faster than record pace, and only two hours over the mythical sub-three day race.

    It's easy to make predictions like this from in front of the computer, but lets not forget what he has left to cover: ~140 miles of really rough terrain, plus at least one very cold night to get through. Although it's likely that he can do it, and I'm hoping that he does pull it off, it's far from in the bag.

    My biggest hope is that he gets to enjoy the scenery and terrain between Rohn and the Burn. By far the most raw and magical part of the trail IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    My biggest hope is that he gets to enjoy the scenery and terrain between Rohn and the Burn. By far the most raw and magical part of the trail IMO.

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    I love that stretch and the Dalzell as well. I'm glad Pete had good trail on the long way around. Adding 30 something miles but getting solid trial sure sounds faster than hitting the pass.

    It sure looks good for Pete. Its just hard to know what is going to happen next. What a great year of racing. No reports of frostbite either, that's good to hear.

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    Weeee

    This is more fun than reading cyclingnews' TdF coverage! Goooo Pete!

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    Thanks to Queen Bee for getting this started, and to Kathi for her tireless monitoring of all channels to keep us informed!

    Just wanted to throw in a little perspective on how fast the conditions are out there. Thus far, 8 people have checked into Puntilla, at roughly ~170 miles into the race. All 8 of these racers (including the lead female, Lou Kobin) checked in ahead of the previous record pace! Not suggesting that this is an easy stroll for any of them, just that in the 10 years that the race to McGrath has been held, the speeds of this year's race are unprecedented.

    Further proof: even with a few hours stop at Puntilla, plus a nap of some duration along the trail last night, PLUS an added 33 miles of trail through Hell's Gate, Pete's still ~5 hours ahead of record pace.

    Pretty amazing.

    Hope that all the others in the race are enjoying/appreciating the conditions.

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    Thanks, Mike

    It's great to have commentary from the perspective of someone who's been there.

    This definitely seems to have been the year to ride the Iditarod Inviational. I know a lot can and will still happen before the first riders roll into McGrath, but this seems like this is going to be a successful year all-around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jilleo
    It's great to have commentary from the perspective of someone who's been there.

    This definitely seems to have been the year to ride the Iditarod Inviational. I know a lot can and will still happen before the first riders roll into McGrath, but this seems like this is going to be a successful year all-around.
    I'm getting firsthand experience of what my family and friends go through in waiting for the updates. So I thought I'd fill in some of the time gaps with some useful (?) info.

    Looking forward to that next fix/update...

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    I'm curious

    Mike, if you don't mind me asking ...

    When are you planning to hit the trail?

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    Mike - don't stop with the updates. The info is useful and entertaining. I was hoping for more updates from Kathi this year but she is obviously a little busier than me. More pictures would be great if you have them. Jeff O. e-mailed me from the start and said "I'll talk to you in 3 days, it's gonna be fast." - But they didn't have a clue about Rainy Pass at that point. Just guessing but I bet they followed Pete's tracks. 3 chasing 1 into the wind.
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    Just saw Kathi's latest update, with Pete out of Rohn at ~4:30pm. With a good meal or three in his belly and a bit of sleep in the cabin, he's sure to fly through the next 8 hours or so of trail. I'd wager he'll get to Buffalo Camp, recharge a bit, then steamroll on through to Nikolai. It'd take a serious mechanical or mistake (wrong turn, accidental swim in the Kusko) for him to falter at this point. And not to take anything away from the three chasers, but Pete's on a mental mission this year and I can't see anyone closing the gap on him.

    Quote Originally Posted by timroz
    Mike - don't stop with the updates. The info is useful and entertaining. I was hoping for more updates from Kathi this year but she is obvoiusly a little busier than me. More pictures would be great if you have them.
    Okee doke. Some pics below of the Rohn/Egypt Mountain area. Apologies for the quality--they're scans of slides.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jilleo
    Mike, if you don't mind me asking ...
    When are you planning to hit the trail?
    Barring a plane crash en route to ANC or a car crash en route to Knik, I hope to be pedaling in the wee hours of Weds PM or Thurs AM. Not soon enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    And once through there, the trail is virtually snow free all the way to Nikolai, which most years means VERY fast riding conditions.
    Forgive my Iditatrod-Trail-Invitational-Watcher rookieness, but if the trail isn't covered with snow, what is it covered with? Ice? Won't people slip on the ice without studded tires, or does ice cease to be slippery at such cold temps?
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    Is that Dawes wearing the yellow jacket and riding the Gary Fisher?
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    Those pictures are amazing!! In the past week I've gone from maybe doing the race in a few years, to maybe doing it next year, and now with all the excitement i'm feeling from just tracking it online and seeing these pictures I can't imagine not doing it next year... now i just need to decide whether to do it on foot or bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkoInTheBoat
    Is that Dawes wearing the yellow jacket and riding the Gary Fisher?
    That's Greg Blackwell, from Fernie BC. One pic of Dawes (with fairing) below, plus a few others from past Rohn.

    I also noticed that I misinterpreted Kathi's update earlier. Pete left Rohn at 1:15, not 4:30. Considering that, it's very, very likely that he'll roll into Nikolai ~midnight or shortly after. Probably catch a short nap, then hit the river towards McGrath. Pretty much an ideal situation.

    Oh, and to belabor the point about the good weather/conditions thus far, I noticed that last night McGrath bottomed out at minus 38*. It's currently +10 there. Not *exactly* the same as the weather near Rohn or the Farewell Lakes, but *very* close and very indicative. Should be an awesome night out there, and YES that was written with some jealousy...

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    MC, I love your race coverage. It fits in well with the coverage from the web site and adds to the excitement (as if anything need to be added). I'll add in a few pics. Two of rainy pass one that seems to show some alders in the distance, and then some from the area leaving Rohn. The '05 photos are scanned, '06 are digital. Man I'm getting trail sick, which is sorta like being home sick except I am home and I wish I was not.

    Fishman there is a picture of an almost snowless trail below from somewhere between Rohn and the burn. Its not so much slick as a mix of ice, snow and frozen dirt.
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    wow... that is crazy. that is only something i dream of doing. -30 below? do parts stop working at that temp? beautiful shoots of the mountains... no better place on earth like ak...
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    Great pics!!

    Yeah, I am really busy, hurt my feelings here, talking about the gaps I leave, you know english is not my first language. For tow days I have been typing from morning till evening, I hurt worse than when I am on the trail. Good thing I don't have an office job, it would probably kill me.
    I hope lots of folks also switch between the sites to get to see all that's going on, did ya'll see the latest news?
    Kinda upside down the conditions on the pass.
    Talked to Craig Medred today, he said there would be a story in the paper tomorrow.
    I have lots of great pics too, but I don't want to blow up the limit of the webspace we've got.
    Thanks for all the super pics you dug out !!
    Glad to have everyone wound up tight this year about the race.

    Kathi M.

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    There is some info. up now on Jay, Jeff, and Rocky having left Rohn at 8:01. I don't see any word yet on what route they took but I thought it would be worth talking about just how amazing this race has been for Pete thus far. Even after pushing so much harder than the rest of the field from Skwentna to Puntilla, and making the decision to take the long way over to Rohn, and traveling solo for pretty much the entire race, his time from leaving Puntilla until leaving Rohn was 8 minutes faster than Jay, Jeff, and Rocky through this same stretch. And I don't mean to take anything away from the three of them, they're obviously having an incredible race... if i'm not mistaken even the 3 of them are on pace to break the course record. This makes it even more obvious that Pete is out there just entirely kicking a$$. There's still a long way to go but things sure are looking better and better for Pete every time new info. trickles in. I'm not sure i'll be able to sleep tonight. This is more exciting than Christmas Eve.

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    Don't Worry...

    Kathi,
    Being the webmaster is a tough job! I only had to do it for a week once and it nearly killed me keeping track of everyone, posting email messages, news about the trail and standings, trying not to speculate too much about what's going on out there (this has been a trap in the past and led to very hard feelings). It's not as easy as it appears. I know you're getting info up as fast as you get it. Fans can use this website to cheer everyone on and to generate a community spirit for the race! The fact that everything is happening so fast (at least by ultra standards) has everyone glued to the Ultrasport website and the forum!

    QB
    Meanwhile, back at the hive....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill M
    Yeah, I am really busy, hurt my feelings here, talking about the gaps I leave, you know english is not my first language. For tow days I have been typing from morning till evening, I hurt worse than when I am on the trail. Good thing I don't have an office job, it would probably kill me.
    I hope lots of folks also switch between the sites to get to see all that's going on, did ya'll see the latest news?
    Kinda upside down the conditions on the pass.
    Talked to Craig Medred today, he said there would be a story in the paper tomorrow.
    I have lots of great pics too, but I don't want to blow up the limit of the webspace we've got.
    Thanks for all the super pics you dug out !!
    Glad to have everyone wound up tight this year about the race.

    Kathi M.
    The info. you've been providing has been Awesome. Thank you so much.

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    Thanks

    Thanks.
    Janice you did an awesome job that year! I was actually looking through some hardcopies from that year today when comparing Steve's time to 05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill M
    Yeah, I am really busy, hurt my feelings here, talking about the gaps I leave, you know english is not my first language..

    Kathi M.
    Oh Kathi, that's not what I meant at all. Your race updates are fine. The gaps that Mike fills in are due to the fact that he currently holds the record and has ridden the race for years and years. Its just too much for one person to cover. I think that Mike's comments fit in really nicely with your coverage, but of course your updates would be enough without him. It's just that sometimes I'm sitting here wondering "what does Mike think of this". I like hearing his predictions about what he thinks is going to happen next, and like QB said you can't really do that on the official site. So basically there are no gaps in your coverage, I just like hearing what MC says about your coverage. I really didn't mean to imply that your coverage was lacking in any way and I'm very sorry that I hurt your feelings. Keep up the good work, I know you and Bill work very hard on this race and you both do a fantastic job.

    I've edited my previous post and removed the word "gaps" because it wasn't the best way to say what I was thinking.

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    I am a bit tired.

    Uh, I must be tired, my eyes burn, I see blurry on the screen from starring at it all day. I didn't even see that it was you that made that comment.
    Hey Adam you were our trail buddy out there in 05, it was fun.
    I guess just the word "gaps' triggered something here.
    I enyoy all the additional info you guys put in I might forget I am supposed to switch back to our site for the updates.
    Yesterday was phantastic how everyone chimed in.
    Well I can't wait to hear from Nikolai myselft I expected a call around midnight.
    And we wait..wait...wait...

    Wonder how long folks are going to stay up with their eyes peeled on the web?

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