Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Yukon Quest Update #6

Tuesday morning, the orderly parade marches on.
After a 5 hour break at Slavin’s Roadhouse, the teams are moving out more or less in the same order they arrived.
Hugh Neff left 2 minutes before Brent Sass. Allen Moore left 30 minutes later, followed 30 minutes after that by Abbie West. Sonny Lindner, Jake Berkowitz, Lance Mackey and Kristy Berington followed. The Trout Creek hospitality stop is about 45 miles away – halfway to the Eagle Checkpoint. Everyone seems to be cruising along, sticking together and taking good care of their dogs. Some real racing might take place from Eagle to Dawson City, where the teams will take a mandatory 36 hour break, before the 2nd half of the race to Whitehorse.
There are not really any surprises in the standings, other than perhaps
Abbie West running consistently in 3rd or 4th position, after starting 21st, by far the largest jump of any team.
The back of the pack are all in Circle City.
The lack of scratches (other than Mike Ellis) illustrates the ease of the trail, although conditions can (and usually do) change without notice.

Unofficial Standings as of 8:00am ET:

On the trail out of Slavin’s
1 Brent Sass (10)
2 Hugh Neff (6)
3 Allen Moore (1)
4 Abbie West (21)
5 Sonny Lindner (3)
6 Jake Berkowitz (13) (R)
7 Lance Mackey (16)
8 Kristy Berington (2) (R)

In Slavin’s
9 Dave Dalton (4)
10 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (17) (R)

On the trail to Slavin’s
11 Kyla Durham (7)
12 Yuka Honda (19) (R)
13 Gus Guenther (20) (R)
14 Paige Drobny (12) (R)
15 Trent Herbst (22) (R)

In Circle
16 Marcelle Fressineau (15) (R)
17 Brian Wilmshurst (11) (R)
18 Maren Bradley (23) (R)
19 Michael Telpin (24) (R)
20 Jason Weitzel (9) (R)
21 Nikolay Ettyne (14) (R)
22 Misha Pedersen (5) (R)

Mike Ellis (18)

Kurt Reich (8) (R)

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