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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Angel Creek Update

Aliy and the Red Team have just left Angel Creek Lodge checkpoint (at 10.27am) and are on the final 60 miles to the finish line at Pleasant Valley Store. They had only 1.5 hours mandatory rest to see out there while Will Rhodes and Matt Hall had to stop for two hours. Aliy left the checkpoint in third position just 5 minutes and 1 minute behind them respectively. It will be a very close finish (we LOVE them!) with the three local mushers duking it out; with the next mushers not very far behind!!

The leaderboard has her leaving with ten team mates. At this stage we are unsure who she has left with the handler team to do the final leg in the truck. We appreciate your patience as we get this information and we will let you know as soon as we find out.

For the first 25 miles of this leg they are on the same trail as those coming from PVS so there will be some head on passing for that stretch. This is where good leaders and swing dogs come in to play and if she still has Izzy and Dutch in lead they are both relatively inexperienced up there so it will be a very good test for them.

This trail has some big climbs and they are trails our teams know well. Of course, Will and Matt's teams know them well also! So... LETS'S GO TEAM!!

Chris and the R&B200s are resting at Angel Creek and have three hours to see out before they can leave for the finish line. He's expected to leave at 12.34pm. There is limited communication out there so we haven't been able to catch up with the handler team to find out any details. We'll update you when we can.

Please keep an eye on the TRDMA Facebook Page and their website leaderboard for updates as we won't be able to post for a while. Pics and hopefully video to follow.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Moira!!!

Time for rally caps!!!


(Pretty soon) GO R&B's!!!

Woof, woof, woof!!!



Nessmuk said...

Yahoo....Go Red Team....love these close finishes too! What a great neighborhood race!

A-town's Becky said...

Very exciting race, with so much for the dogs to learn.

marilyn cozzens said...

Go Aliy & RED TEAM. You can do it. Thanks Moira for all the great up-dates.

A-town's Becky said...

Hopefully, at this point Chris' crew have learned to rest at the checkpoint, and refuel with efficiency.

Linda Toth said...

I noticed on the leaderboard Aliy's rest time would be re-assessed later. Any idea what that means?

Anonymous said...

do you know anything about the rest time re-assessment?

Go Red team!

H. J. Workmon said...

Comment on the tracking page for Angle Creek says that the Red team didn't rest long enough and will get a 30 minute penalty. I don't know the required rest times but this is something to watch for.

Anonymous said...

Aliy left 8 minutes before her time.

Margaret said...

Actually I think the problem was at the previous stop - but who knows???

The 4-legged team members just want their noses in front...first!!! And first to make their musher proud!!!

Woof, woof, woof and one more WOOF!!!


Anonymous said...

Even if Aliy is assessed 30 minutes for leaving 8 minutes before her time difference was made up at Pleasant Valley, it may not have any impact on her place. Leaving early didn't give her any advantage beyond the 8 minutes; however 30 minutes might make sense, since the 10 hours are counted in 30 minute increments.
Regardless, go SPK, we know you need sleep, we do too.
Math is difficult when you're sleep deprived.

Anne said...

Yes, this is strange.
Aliy's rest times add up to 10.5 hours, 8 minutes shy of 10 plus differential.
But also, Matt is supposed to have a 10 minute penalty for going off-trail (also according to the spreadsheet.) And it doesn't appear that he's completed that.
Hope they get this straightened out! It must be tough keeping track of the minutes when it's cold, dark and everyone is tired.
Love my SPK teams!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the updates Moira as I don't use facebook. Go
Aliy and Chris!

J elliott said...

Good grief - saw the potential re-assesment as well... 30 minutes? I hope it's a time keeper's error...

Anonymous said...

face book saying will first and Aliy 2nd

A-town's Becky said...

They changed Aliy's time out of Pleasant Valley from 06:01:00 to 06:09:00...
It looks like the whole time it was an error with input into the computer.

SP Kennel Crew said...
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SP Kennel Crew said...

NOTE: From TRDMA Facebook page: "A checker error compounded by ambiguous handwriting was extensively investigated. Aliy did all her rest and was not at fault. She was therefore not penalised. The online time sheets will be definitive once they've been double-checked"