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Yukon Quest 2017 est fini

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Sled DogSébastien brought in La Lanterne Rouge (Φ) at 4:29AM CST (1:29AM AKST) after losing the trail between Two Rivers and Fairbanks. Ben Good pushed and took advantage of Sébastien’s wrong turn to hand off the Red Lantern.

Hugh picked up the Dawson money because Brent didn’t finish, and Katherine took Rookie honors.

Fairbanks Finish
1 Matt Hall (20)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Allen Moore (8)
4 Paige Drobny (7)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Torsten Kohnert (21)
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
8 Jessie Royer (1)R
9 Ryne Olson (15)
10 Dave Dalton (13)
11 Rob Cooke (4)
12 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
13 Ben Good (3)R
14 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)RΦ
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February 17, 2017   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 13

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Sled DogDave at the front and Ben at the back are the only ones moving at the moment. Ben should get to Two Rivers in about an hour, but Rob Cooke’s Siberians can’t hit the trail until 11:22AM CST.

The Current Standings at 9:30PM CST ( 7:30AM AKST):

Fairbanks Finish
1 Matt Hall (20)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Allen Moore (8)
4 Paige Drobny (7)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Torsten Kohnert (21)
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
8 Jessie Royer (1)R
9 Ryne Olson (15)
10 Dave Dalton (13)
11 Rob Cooke (4)
Beyond Two Rivers
12 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
13 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
14 Ben Good (3)RΦ
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February 16, 2017   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 13

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 12

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Sled DogBarring the unforeseen, this looks like the finishing order. Katherine Keith of Kotzebue will win the rookie honors.

Gaetan Pierrard (10) scratched at Central. He left and then returned to scratch.

The Current Standings at 10:00PM CST ( 7:00PM AKST):

Fairbanks Finish
1 Matt Hall (20)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Allen Moore (8)
4 Paige Drobny (7)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Torsten Kohnert (21)
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
8 Jessie Royer (1)R
Beyond Two Rivers
9 Ryne Olson (15)
At Two Rivers
10 Dave Dalton (13)
Beyond Mile 101
11 Rob Cooke (4)
12 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
13 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
14 Ben Good (3)R
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February 15, 2017   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 11

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Sled DogMatt left Two Rivers at 3:30AM CST and barring anything unforeseen, his team will win this year’s Quest.

Matt Hall crossed the finish at 3:04PM CST (12:04PM AKST).

The Current Standings at 10:00PM CST ( 7:00PM AKST):

Fairbanks Finish
1 Matt Hall (20)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
Beyond Two Rivers
3 Allen Moore (8)
4 Paige Drobny (7)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
At Two Rivers
6 Torsten Kohnert (21)
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
Beyond Mile 101
8 Jessie Royer (1)R
At Mile 101
9 Ryne Olson (15)
At Central
10 Dave Dalton (13)
11 Rob Cooke (4)
12 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
Beyond Circle
13 Ben Good (3)R
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
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February 14, 2017   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 11

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 10

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Sled DogThere have been bookend scratches on the trail. Brent Sass (14) called for assistance for two dogs on his team while he was 16 miles out of Central at 10:02PM CST last night, and decided to scratch even though the dogs are now stable and under vet care. This morning at 6:50AM CST, Hank DeBruin made the decision to scratch at Eagle. He felt it was best best for his team to stop. Brent was in second place and Hank had the Red Lantern.

Between the mountains and the super cold temperatures affecting the batteries, the trackers are failing and the live tracking isn’t as reliable as it had been earlier in the race.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST ( 6:00PM AKST):

At Two Rivers
1 Matt Hall (20)
Beyond Mile 101
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Allen Moore (8)
Beyond Central
4 Ed Hopkins (18)
5 Paige Drobny (7)
At Central
6 Torsten Kohnert (21)
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
Beyond Circle
8 Ryne Olson (15)
9 Jessie Royer (1)R
At Circle
10 Rob Cooke (4)
11 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
12 Dave Dalton (13)
Beyond Eagle
13 Ben Good (3)R
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
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February 13, 2017   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 10

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 9

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Sled DogMatt made his lead official at Circle, but it’s only a half hour. Hugh is 4 hours behind them. Even 4 hours isn’t a comfortable lead with the Eagle & Rosebud climbs coming up.

At 11:30AM CST Hank made it to Alaska and beyond 500 miles.

At 11:30AM AKST it’s -51°F at Circle & Central. OK, that’s cold even for Alaska.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST ( 6:00PM AKST):

At Central
1 Matt Hall (20)
2 Brent Sass (14)
Beyond Circle
3 Hugh Neff (9)
4 Ed Hopkins (18)
5 Allen Moore (8)
At Circle
6 Paige Drobny (7)
Beyond Eagle
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
8 Torsten Kohnert (21)
9 Ryne Olson (15)
10 Jessie Royer (1)R
11 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
12 Dave Dalton (13)
13 Rob Cooke (4)
14 Ben Good (3)R
15 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
16 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
Beyond Dawson
17 Hank DeBruin (17)
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February 12, 2017   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 8

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Sled DogThis morning Brent and Matt are at Slaven’s Roadhouse, while Hank is alone at Dawson and can’t leave until early this afternoon.

At 11AM CST (8AM AKST) everyone except Hank is in Alaska.

At 4PM CST Matt is about an hour ahead of Brent out of Slaven’s and Hank & the Sibs are headed for Alaska.

It looks like it is going to be Matt & Brent battling it out to the end. If they wear each other out, Hugh will pounce.

The Current Standings at 9:00PM CST ( 6:00PM AKST):

Beyond Eagle
1 Brent Sass (14)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Matt Hall (20)
4 Allen Moore (8)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Paige Drobny (7)
7 Katherine Keith (19)R
8 Torsten Kohnert (21)
9 Ryne Olson (15)
At Eagle
10 Jessie Royer (1)R
11 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
12 Dave Dalton (13)
13 Rob Cooke (4)
Beyond Dawson
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
16 Ben Good (3)R
17 Hank DeBruin (17)
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February 11, 2017   2 Comments

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 7

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Sled DogHank DeBruin and his 8 Siberians made it to Dawson just before midnight local time, and Brent made it to Eagle at 5AM AKST [8AM CST]

The Finish line in Fairbanks has been moved off the river because the ice may not be thick enough for the teams and spectators.

Yuka Honda scratched at Dawson for ‘well-being of her dogs’. The loss of Firefly was too big a burden.

In other sled dog news, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart to move to Fairbanks. I assume they will use the 2015 route, but they moved the finish of the Quest because of questionable ice on the Tanana, so the Iditarod may have to get creative.

The Current Standings at 8:30PM CST ( 6:30PM PST):

Beyond Eagle
1 Brent Sass (14)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Matt Hall (20)
4 Allen Moore (8)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
Beyond Dawson
6 Katherine Keith (19)R
7 Paige Drobny (7)
8 Torsten Kohnert (21)
9 Ryne Olson (15)
10 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
11 Rob Cooke (4)
12 Jessie Royer (1)R
13 Dave Dalton (13)
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
16 Ben Good (3)R
At Dawson
17 Hank DeBruin (17)
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February 10, 2017   4 Comments

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 6

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Sled DogHank DeBruin and his Siberian Huskies are the last team not at or beyond Dawson as Brent hits the trail for the climb up American Summit and the US border.

Yuka Honda lost one of her dogs on the trail to Dawson. The cause of death awaits a necropsy. The odd-year Quest has never been easy for Yuka.

Update:

Head Veterinarian Cristina (Nina) Hansen, DVM, PhD reports that preliminary necropsy results for Yuka Honda’s expired dog, Firefly, showed an enlarged heart and that he ingested several booties.

Firefly was a six-year-old intact male in good body condition.

At 5PM CST Brent is in Alaska about to ascend the American Summit.

The Current Standings at 8:00PM CST ( 6:00PM PST):

Beyond Dawson
1 Brent Sass (14)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Matt Hall (20)
4 Allen Moore (8)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Katherine Keith (19)R
7 Paige Drobny (7)
At Dawson
8 Torsten Kohnert (21)
9 Ryne Olson (15)
10 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
11 Rob Cooke (4)
12 Jessie Royer (1)R
13 Dave Dalton (13)
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
16 Ben Good (3)R
17 Yuka Honda (2)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
18 Hank DeBruin (17)
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February 9, 2017   6 Comments

YQ 300 2017 – Day 5 et fini

Thomas Verin (65) hasn’t had a working tracker for a day. The tracker says he is in Dawson, when he should be around Pelly Crossing. His position is a guess on my part.

Update: after more searching, I discovered a post on Thomas’s Facebook page that he had scratched at McCabe Creek, feeling that his team were too tired to finish.

These are the 8PM CST standings on the YQ 300 based on the Live Tracker [not totally confident about positions] . Lynne & Brian arrived together to finish the YQ300.

Finished
1 Michelle Phillips (58)
2 Aliy Zirkle (56)
3 Nathaniel Hamlyn (66)
4 Claudia Wickert (62)
5 Magnus Kaltenborn (64)
6 Gerry Willomitzer (71)
7 Jacob Heigers (60)
8 Fabien Cayer-Barrioz (55)
9 Roger Lee (53)
10 Marcelle Fressineau (52)
11 Jason Biasetti (54)
12 Jean-Marc Champeval (73)
13 Brian Kandler (72)
14 Lynne Witte (70)Φ

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

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February 8, 2017   Comments Off on YQ 300 2017 – Day 5 et fini

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 5

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Sled DogA slow day ahead consisting of people pulling into Dawson to sleep and repair equipment.

Speaking of equipment, Torsten Kohnert showed up at Dawson without his ax, and had to get one before he could be logged in. To add weight to the meaning of ‘mandatory’, he was fined $500.

The Current Standings at 8:00PM CST ( 6:00PM PST): [with adjustment from Live Tracking]
At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (14)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
3 Matt Hall (20)
4 Allen Moore (8)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Katherine Keith (19)R
7 Paige Drobny (7)
8 Torsten Kohnert (21)
9 Ryne Olson (15)
10 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
11 Rob Cooke (4)
12 Dave Dalton (13)
13 Jessie Royer (1)R
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
16 Yuka Honda (2)
17 Ben Good (3)R
18 Hank DeBruin (17)
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February 8, 2017   Comments Off on Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 5

YQ 300 2017 – Day 4

The 300 goes out to the Stepping Stone hospitality stop and then returns to Pelly Crossing for the finish. The trail between Pelly and Stepping Stone can get a bit crowded with the two-way traffic.

Craig Houghton (67) decided to scratch at McCabe’s Creek. Claudia’s tracker died last night and she stayed in 4th place despite what was reported.

These are the 9:00PM CST standings on the YQ 300 based on the Live Tracker [not totally confident about positions] .
Finished
1 Michelle Phillips (58)
2 Aliy Zirkle (56)
3 Nathaniel Hamlyn (66)
4 Claudia Wickert (62)
5 Magnus Kaltenborn (64)
6 Gerry Willomitzer (71)
7 Jacob Heigers (60)
8 Fabien Cayer-Barrioz (55)
9 Roger Lee (53)
10 Marcelle Fressineau (52)
11 Jason Biasetti (54)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
12 Jean-Marc Champeval (73)
13 Thomas Verin (65)
At Pelly Crossing
14 Lynne Witte (70)
15 Brian Kandler (72)

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on YQ 300 2017 – Day 4

Yukon Quest 2017 – Day 4

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Sled DogLive Tracking shows Brent with about a 5 mile lead over Hugh, But there is still a ways to go before Dawson. There is money involved in being first into Dawson.

Jason Campeau (6) decided to scratch at Pelly Crossing for the good of his yearling team. Laura Neese (11) & Ed Stielstra (12)R scratched at Pelly Crossing

The Current Standings at 10:30PM CST ( 8:30PM PST):
At Dawson
1 Brent Sass (14)
2 Hugh Neff (9)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
3 Matt Hall (20)
4 Allen Moore (8)
5 Ed Hopkins (18)
6 Katherine Keith (19)R
7 Paige Drobny (7)
8 Torsten Kohnert (21)
9 Yuka Honda (2)
10 Ryne Olson (15)
11 Brian Wilmshurst (16)
12 Rob Cooke (4)
13 Dave Dalton (13)
14 Gaetan Pierrard (10)
15 Ben Good (3)R
16 Sébastien Dos Santos Borges (5)R
17 Jessie Royer (1)R
18 Hank DeBruin (17)

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February 7, 2017   4 Comments

YQ 300 2017 – Day 3

These are the 9:00PM CST standings on the YQ 300 based on the Live Tracker.

Four teams scratched at Carmacks: Chase Tingle (51), Susie Rogan (57), Kyla Boivin (68), & Melissa Schenke (69). All ‘for the good of the team’, which, based on pictures, means the mushers are freezing. Scott Janssen (59) joined the group by scratching at Carmacks. Hans Gatt (63) scratched at Pelly Crossing ‘for strategic reasons’.

Michelle, Aliy, Nathaniel, & Claudia looks like the finishing order. Michelle crossed the finish line at 9:57PM CST.

Finished
1 Michelle Phillips (58)
Beyond Pelly Crossing
2 Aliy Zirkle (56)
3 Nathaniel Hamlyn (66)
4 Claudia Wickert (62)
At Pelly Crossing
5 Gerry Willomitzer (71)
6 Magnus Kaltenborn (64)
7 Jacob Heigers (60)
Beyond Carmacks
8 Roger Lee (53)
9 Jason Biasetti (54)
10 Fabien Cayer-Barrioz (55)
11 Marcelle Fressineau (52)
12 Jean-Marc Champeval (73)
13 Thomas Verin (65)
At Carmacks
14 Lynne Witte (70)
15 Brian Kandler (72)
16 Craig Houghton (67)

These are the official standings. That means they are official, not that they are correct. Things jump around a lot as people decide to update the standings. This problem is especially bad in the back of the pack, as no one bothers to update those standings when the lead is changing.

All posts on the Yukon Quest can be seen by clicking on the sled dog or selecting “Yukon Quest” from the Category box on the right sidebar.

February 6, 2017   Comments Off on YQ 300 2017 – Day 3