Harriett Fenerty | Den Mother
The Board shook overnight and it wasn’t because the throttle was pinned or the track was turning……it was because those wrenches were being tossed from hand to hand, trying to save minutes…..in some cases there were 75 minutes of time used up in the shop……that’s like riding to Skwentna checkpoint 89 miles again and they never pulled cord. ARGHHH!!!!
The top of the board is filled with five Iron Dog Champions….you know there will be some “Full Throttle – No Brake action today” Teams 16, 20, 10 and the others in 10th and 18th positions will keep the heat on riding hard!!
There is just 45 minutes separating TNT 8 and Solid Six, a battle that has gone on for 1,108 miles…..been lots of fun to watch. When they both sat in Kaltag on the way North….there were 5 teams within 45 minutes……both of them on Ski-Doos and both of them in what I would call a race within a race, their goal is the same…..get to Fairbanks first, and make an entrance on Stage Left as they say, Generation Zoom Zoom!!! New Blood, “Young Guns”, Big Guns, whatever you want to call it…..New Guard also works!!!!
Teams will leave starting at 8 AM this morning…..protected by their real times until the spread becomes more than 45 minutes…..that bunch up starts to happen when the third team goes out on the trail (20). The GPS page may start to get confusing now, because the racers let out early MIGHT gain on the snow, but won’t necessarily be gaining on course times….so watch for that issue today and tomorrow.
My cover picture today is about a fantastic rider in Team 28 they left the Banquet in Nome with a slew of prizes….fast times for a lot of contingent awards…..so make sure to watch that race unfold……you know, I know , they know….anything could happen…..first light in White Mt. won’t be till 9:34 AM so they go out in the dark!!!!
In the meantime I woke up thinking I have two more sleeps…..my eyes are crossed, my fingers are sore from typing and scrolling and today I have to add the refresh button …… Have a fun day of racing….I know I will……POP QUIZ: WHICH TEAM IS SPONSORED BY A MOVING COMPANY?
~~~HLF, Iron Dog Maiden, Den Mother, #irondog2016