It looks like the SPK Black Team was slightly off the pace between Sourdough and Lake Louise, taking seven minutes longer to make the run than the fastest team for that leg.
Overall, the Black Team remains almost an hour faster for total run time in the CB300:
Allen and the dogs have already left Lake Louise, after taking their final 30 minute rest. They will push straight through the final checkpoint at Tolsana with nothing to stop them until the finish line.
This "long final run" tactic is a hallmark of Allen's CB300 racing strategy. In essence, the dogs have been on a "run six, rest six" schedule for the bulk of the race so far. Stopping for a snack at Lake Louise, the veteran dogs know that the finish line is just one more run ahead of them. You can bet they are motivated to get there as fast as they can!
It's also a bit demoralizing for competitors to watch the SPK Black Team leave for the finish line with no rest time left to give, while they must still wait an hour -- or more -- to continue. Veteran fans know there's a lot more to racing than just running dogs!
This has been an excellent CB300. We're all cheering for Allen and the dogs to continue their fine, consistent performance, and hope to see them cross the finish line first!