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getting more coverage in the local media of friggin' fashion week in Paris- discuss...
 

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spotty comm

After Finger lake communication is spotty at best and non-existant after Puntilla until you reach Nikolai, 50 miles from the finish. That always makes for a great race as spectators must wait for a checkpoint to call in, and racers often know little of what's happening on the trail behind them. I once led the race all the way from Skwentna and I had no idea how close the racers were behind me, which led to pushing myself more than I normally would in a race. It's nerve wracking when second place may be 10 minutes behind or 10 hours; can I take a quick nap or push myself to the brink and hope I make it to McGrath. Pete knows what he's doing but if he doesn't know where the other racers are...

It's one of the things that makes this race so unique.

Kathi is doing a great job of keeping us informed considering what little info she has to work with. Thanks Kathi!

Be patient and we'll know what's happening soon enough

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I wonder...

I wonder if Pete realizes Bill is only an hour behind him? Will Pete take a quick nap in Nikolai? Will Bill sneak by him as he sleeps? Can Bill keep up this crazy hard pace these folks are riding? Will Jeff put the hammer down and surprise us all?

God I love this race!

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After Finger lake communication is spotty at best and non-existant after Puntilla until you reach Nikolai, 50 miles from the finish. That always makes for a great race as spectators must wait for a checkpoint to call in, and racers often know little of what's happening on the trail behind them. I once led the race all the way from Skwentna and I had no idea how close the racers were behind me, which led to pushing myself more than I normally would in a race. It's nerve wracking when second place may be 10 minutes behind or 10 hours; can I take a quick nap or push myself to the brink and hope I make it to McGrath. Pete knows what he's doing but if he doesn't know where the other racers are...

It's one of the things that makes this race so unique.

Kathi is doing a great job of keeping us informed considering what little info she has to work with. Thanks Kathi!

Be patient and we'll know what's happening soon enough

Pat
Well said, thanks Pat. That is so true.
 

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Go Pete Go!

Pete is putting on a clinic on how to hammer this race...Again. Way to go Pete!

Kathi, you're very welcome and I repeat my thanks for keeping us informed as well as you can. And a huge thanks to you and Bill for keeping this race alive and so well organized. I hope folks appreciate the logistical hurdles you clear just to have that walltent in Rohn, much less all the other details spread out for 350+ miles.

Thanks again

P
 

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Pete is absolutely amazing. I haven't been this excited about cycling in a while. I am on the edge of my seat.

Kathi your updates are amazing. Given the logistics it is really impressive that you are able to get all this info and relate it to us so quickly. It feels like a play by play. Also between updates on the ultrasport website, here and facebook, I don't know how you find the time. Thank you for your efforts and time. As a "couch racer" I really appreciate all you are doing.

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exciting!

Let's see....Pete has a 2 hr jump on Jeff after a 2 hr rest in Nikolai but he doesn't know where Jeff is. Pete doesn't know whether Jeff got into Nikolai 2 minutes after Pete left, or 2 hours. He also doesn't know where Bill is, maybe hot on his trail. Unless some snowmachiners are passing along trail info, Pete really has no choice but to hammer all the way to the finish in McGrath. Can he sustain it? I think he can but Jeff may think not....

Boy, what an exciting finish. We won't know who won until somebody makes contact with McGrath

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very exciting, they are cruising! jeff made up a little time on pete last year from nickolai to mcgrath, he sure knows how to hammer it but pete's not really human ... and he's riding home!
 

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...yeah, he can really "smell the barn"...

on another note-Billy Koitzsch scratched due knee pain...Word on the street is he had to reposition a cleat after he stripped out the screw plate thingy a couple days pre race and couldn't dial the positioning...hence sore knees...he swapped boots and is back in-flying to Skwentna as we speak- ...not as a racer, but as a solo, unaffiliated rider on his way to Nome.

Keep the rubber-side down Billy!
 

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For sure! I know Billy got a few friends here so I thought I'd post...besides, folks like TSC aren't gonna find this on ITI's site ( NO OFFENSE Kathi! )
 

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A fresh update from Facebook:

"Greg Matyas arrives in third place into Nikolai at 3:25 pm. He plans to eat and head back out on the trail. Wow, what a surprise. Jay P must have taken a nap along the way somewhere and Bill Fleming as well. We expect to hear about them soon from Nikolai as well. No Sat Phone call from Rohn yet."

GO GREG GO!!!
 

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Go Pete!

I just remembered that Pete almost didn't even start. His flighs were cancelled and delayed. He arrived in ANC on Saturday.

Wait, wait wait, hear nothing yet.
No news from Rohn either.

Rob must be superbusy in Rohn. He would call otherwise from the Sat Phone.
 

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Man such an amazing group out on the trail- pretty cool to see Curiak jump out there, Yair Kellner, BillyK back out at it...just an awesome year!!
I really liked the Medred article on Alaska Dispatch, and caught him for a short time on Talk of Alaska radio from the trail.
 
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