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    Default Yukon Quest, Mile 101 Checkpoint.

    My blog post with pictures are up. I didn't put any start pictures up as they are still on the camera I had to borrow from Jan for the start. Anyways, this is a new blog so I am hoping to get lots of traffic. Also, if anyone knows how to make that side bar smaller, I'd appriciate a hint.

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    - I enjoyed checking out your blog, and the pics-

    -thankyou for posting on the race-

    -it has been 12 years since I have been to the mi 101 checkpoint-
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    Sure is nice up at 101 and that area, when the wind isn't blowing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mit View Post
    Sure is nice up at 101 and that area, when the wind isn't blowing!
    ...-lol- that's the truth!
    ....a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed....

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    Oh my gosh, I can't express how nice it was. I've been up there the last 4 years now either handling for mushers or working the checkpoint, and have never seen it as nice. We had a few hours of blowing snow that I know of and the rest of the time it was either really nice, or just snowing. The weather has been good the whole race. NO ONE has scratched yet and they are half way done!
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    They are slamming records! Last year Sebastian won by the fastest time ever at 9 days somethingsomething hours instead of the normal 10+ days. This year Lance and Hugh are running about 30 HOURS ahead of normal time. Hans has some illness in his team so I think he is out of the top running. A bit sad at that, he was running a great race so far.
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    Ohhhhh that sneaky Hans. I am so glad he was just strategizing!
    Record-shattering race to Braeburn

    Hans Gatt wound up playing the head games early Sunday, and maneuvered into position to win as much as Hugh Neff and Lance Mackey.

    As the front three teams in this record-destroying Yukon Quest drive to the last mandatory rest stop at Braeburn, some 80 miles and at least nine or 10 hours from Carmacks, Gatt has positioned himself to draft off the front two. He was five minutes behind them leaving Carmacks, and the trio were all perhaps a half mile apart as their indomitable dogs set a steady 7 to 8 mph pace approaching the twisting, turning “ping pong alley” just outside the checkpoint.

    At this point, there’s no more strategizing. It’s all about who’s got the speed and stamina and good luck to reach Braeburn with a buffer ahead of the next team. And the dog power to take off on one final long run to the finish line after the mandatory 8-hour layover there. It is a long 100 miles, maybe 109, from Braeburn to the finish line, and likely a final 12-hour push for the front teams. Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid 30s F, which may yet play a role in this race.

    But when it comes to strategy, Gatt proved he’s able to play with the best. He got what may have been the last word in, strategy-wise, when he pulled over at Stepping Stone for a couple hours and let Neff and Mackey push on to Pelly Crossing. He followed them to Pelly by a couple of hours. Once there, he then either pretended to declare himself out of contention or just spoke his mind to reporters at the moment.

    But I did hear from people there that Gatt pretended to be asleep as Mackey and Neff hooked up their teams, but jumped up and got his dogs ready the moment those two took off. He departed 40 minutes behind them, and made up the difference before the teams had gone 30 miles to McCabe Creek dog drop.

    I got through to Jake Berkowitz, handling for Zack Steer, at Pelly Crossing and he said that Gatt’s team displayed the most enthusiasm, jumping in harness and barking.

    He described Neff and Mackey as in good spirits, and he marveled at Neff’s ability to stay alert and fresh with no apparent need for sleep. Mackey had praise for Neff’s team, saying this was the first time any team has been able to stay with him this far into a race.

    As I write, the trio are plugging along on the long, lake-pocked leg to Braeburn. It is mostly flat, but the heat of the day could play a factor when they are in the middle of the snow-covered lakes in the bright sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to climb and the teams are bound to slow down.

    Behind them, by a gap of more than 11 hours, is Zack Steer, still with a dozen dogs. Berkowitz said Steer definitely has Iditarod on his mind at this point, since he hopes 8 to 10 of his Quest dogs will be ready for the next 1,000-mile race, The Iditarod, which starts March 7 in Willow. Steer noted that this is the most he’s asked from a dog team, and he’s far ahead of his second-place pace in 2004.

    Ken Anderson was cruising along with 11 dogs, having maintained a disciplined rest schedule. He should have enough gas in the tank to have a strong final push to the finish in Whitehorse. Sonny Lindner and Brent Sass were right in the mix with Steer and Anderson, as well.

    We could have a winner by 2 p.m. Monday.
    Notes…
    Here’s a link to the latest Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article describing the three front runners. It includes this quote from Gatt: “I think the race for first place is over for me.” I guess he changed his mind. I said the same thing at Circle City last year but kept on racing.
    Amazingly, the Quest went all this time without a scratch, or serious issue. Gerry Willomitzer was the first to drop out, shortly after departing Dawson. His runner plastic came off his sled and he turned around and called it a day.
    Observers at the checkpoints say the dogs in these teams are incredible, but the pace is taking some toll. Lance Mackey was working hard with wrist wraps at Pelly Crossing, which indicates he was either taking precautions or that his dogs are developing some soreness in their wrists.
    Their speeds, indicated by the Spot tracker system, appear very good for this stage in the race and the long runs and short rests they’re taking.
    Take a look at this comment, from a reader whom I assume is Will Forsberg. Great insight. How many of us are training and conditioning our dogs inappropriately to race today’s 1,000-mile sled dog races?
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    NASCAR on the tv, Quest on the computer. I am a happy girl!

    The top 3 are almost into Braeburn, the last checkpoint, for their mandatory 8 hour rest. Hans is in front of Lance by a couple of miles. Hugh has apparently put his gps tracker underneath his cooker in his sled so it hasn't updated in the last 4 hours. No one knows where he is. LOVING the strategy.
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    Peter was our fantastic check point manager and also does video for the Quest.


    The 3 frontrunners of the 2010 Yukon Quest leave checkpoint Carmacks within minutes of each other, starting one of the most exciting sprints for the finish line in the history of the Yukon Quest.
    Video Peter Kamper

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjam2Oo6_Os

    After leaving Carmacks in 3rd place 5 minutes behind the two leaders Lance Mackey and Hugh Neff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9PZhDvPnU4

    After a 2 hour lead over musher Hans Gatt evaporated, Lance Mackey and Hugh Neff arrive at the 8 hour layover 199miles (160 km) from the finish line 25 / 59 minutes behind the leader.
    Even so this is night footage, I had to upload it for it's content in words.
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    Live webcam of the finish line. Hans should be there within about 2 hours.
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    Whoo hoooo! Congratulations Hans Gatt on a race well run.

    Lance will be coming in 2nd barring any accidents. And Hugh is back in 3rd place (where he belongs!)
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    Thanks for posting the pics and report.
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