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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    Yentna Station Mile 115 Population 8 6 Skwentna Mile 149 Population 80 7 Finger Lake Mile 194 Population 2 8 Rainy Pass Mile 224 Population 2 9 Rohn Roadhouse Mile 272 Population 0 10 Nikolai Mile 365 Population 103 11 McGrath Mile 413 Population 441 12 Takotna Mile 436 Population 58 13 Ophir Mile 474 Population 0 14 Iditarod Mile 564 Population 0 15 Shageluk Mile 629 Population 152 16

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    windjacket Activist fleece tights Capilene zip t base layers Capiline linter and expedition weight socks Cool Weather top Bunting gloves and capilene liner gloves head bands neck gaitor and fleece cap by Salomon Powder GTX winter boots 40C rated by Black Diamond Shell Mitts by Polaris padded liner shorts OTHER North Face Dark Star sleeping bag 40C rated synthetic Garmin Summit GPS MSR 2 litre Titan pan MSR Whisperlite stove

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    weekend sale on waterproof leggings gaitors and overboots This year navigation seems to be the worry of the week Map sales have gone through the roof a full set of maps covering the entire 1 097 mile course costs over 160 but we ve done a deal with Italian runner Roberto and colour photocopied a set for just over 20 With the Garmin GPS we ve got loaded with checkpoint references we hope it should be enough to get us through this weekend s forecast stormy weather Other rumours doing the rounds have included wolf packs roaming the Farewell Burn plus of course the usual neck deep snow at Finger Lake which turned out to be true last year We ve just posted off 11 drops after spending the last three days ferrying supplies from local supermarket Carrs Margriet who runs the b b where most of the competitors are staying will be flying to Hawaii four times a year on the loyalty card bonus Al and I were certainly not sad to see the back of the 11 cardboard boxes that have been filling our room for most of the week We ve packed Peronin energy powder GPush drink powder trail mix biscuits pepperoni and just about every other type of food you could imagine We ve divided everything up into day s worth portions a task which involved over 100 zip loc bags and the kitchen dustbin to stir up the trail mix Also packed is white gas liquid fuel headtorch batteries film vitamins and extra thermal base layers The total food bill is probably nearing 1 000 but for two people on the trail for 20 days it s probably not excessive Both of us were dreading the postage bill but for 100kgs in 11 priority mail

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    us left Rohn to tackle the 90 mile route across the Farewell Burn to Nikolai Disaster struck within a mile of the checkpoint when a violent gust of wind snatched the bike out of my hands and dumped it onto the glare ice Without even looking I knew the damage would be bad On the chainset side the bottom bracket had sheared in two a combination of bad angle of impact and 20C As we frantically sought tools rocks and anything that could be botched to effect a repair I realised pretty soon that it probably spelt the end of the race With the sheared section of bracket still wedged into the crank there was no way of even trying to re thread it We even broke out the stove to try and warm it out After 20 minutes of head scrathing and rock bashing we were getting cold Al headed off up the trail and I trudged back to Rohn with sketchy plans to fly ahead and meet him in McGrath Things didn t quite work out that way however With no radio or telephone contact with the outside world Rohn s dog sled marshals simply wait for the sound of a ski plane flying in over the mountain and drag sleds out to the snow covered airstrip to fetch back dog food drop bags veterinary equipment and the mountain of other gear which accompanies the race on its trek across Alaska I hoped to get one of the pilots to send a message out that I needed a lift as they were unable to take passengers themselves under Iditarod insurance regs Meanwhile I watched other bike foot and ski racers appear from the Dalzell Gorge with tales of waist deep snow and whiteout blizzards Helping ferry supplies between the air strip and checkpoint I was promised that word had gone out that a lift was needed although the figure of 550 for the 120 miles seemed a bit steep By the middle of Friday having reached Rohn late night Wednesday rescue was looking unlikely Poor weather had restricted flights planes regularly crash into trees alongside the narrow strip so it s not a popular place to fly into and the only option seemed to be trekking out Claudia one of the race volunteers offered her rucksack to decant my bike bags into and promised to ship out my bike on the next available flight As I started to repack another biker turned up a guy called Ray Molena on a double snow cat ie double double rims shod bike he built in his garage Take it he said so before he changed his mind I did Thirty minutes after buoying my feet for a 90 mile route march across the most desolate part of the entire route I was back in a bike race Leaving at 6pm the delay had put me 36 hours behind the lead pack but I figured that with nearly 900 miles and 2

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    stage to join the Yukon River at Ruby At about the half way point Cripple Landing a drop bag had been sent by specially chartered ski plane a week earlier Each competitor had paid 50 towards the charter fee knowing that the stash of food and stove fuel would prove vital So off we trundled into the wilderness happily bivvying out well fairly happily at 42C the first night knowing a big dump of food was just around the next corner At 4am we set off for Cripple steadily climbing all day until dusk A passing snowmachiner assured us the checkpoint was just over the next hill At 3am we were still looking By 4am as the mercury dipped below 40C again we gave up and bivvied By dawn we were facing a 112 mile slog to Ruby fuelled by a half full bag of peanuts and raisins about a twentieth of what we d actually need As Roberto later confirmed we weren t alone Another 22 hour day and brief nap in an abandoned cabin saw finally saw us into Ruby where an Athabascan elder took pity on us and doled out spaghetti by the gallon We slept for

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    catching up with Mike Madden in the early hours of this morning It took them just over 18 days and four hours Both are in good spirits although I think Andrew is suffering after riding a small bike for such a long time knees especially They hope to get back asap but flights are quite booked up so they re trying to pull some strings Hopefully they ll be back

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    teacher took pity and made us a vat of spaghetti then watched open mouthed or maybe he wanted some too as we scoffed it in about three minutes flat We left around 10pm and headed out for the sea ice finally crashing out for a couple for hours in a shelter cabin on the edge of the ice at around 1am Up before dawn in full face mask weather for the nine hour ride across the ice to Koyuk As ever it seemed to take an age made worse by the fact that the airstrip beacon was visible the whole way Got into Koyuk to find we d caught Mike Madden so teamed up for the night leg in Elim which finally ended around 1 30am after a comicalsession of slalom hallucinations I nearly caused a three man crash by swerving to avoid an ornate iron bedstead Earlier we d had a fantastic ride over the coastal hills with the sun setting over the ocean towards Russia and playing cat and mouse with a few Iditarod dog sled teams At Elim checker Jasper Bond Minnesota potter and Fawlty Towers fan was there to help us out with some food more Quaker Oats I love em and we slept alongside the mushers in the village fire station until 5am Headed back out onto the sea ice as the sun was coming up climbing up to Little McKinlay expecting the usual full on blizzard We weren t disappointed and Al had the unique experience of being blown off his bike on glare ice and then being swept in one direction as his bike went off in another We finally all re grouped for the tailwind assisted blast into Golovin and then back onto the ice into White Mountain where we d planned

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    to Alford and back to Aberdeen again This tour can therefore be a different experience for a well trained cyclist than for myself when I was quite rusty when I did this trip in April 2001 Anyway this is a tour I highly recommend Aberdeen is thankfully full of nice cycle roads out of the town in the direction of the main ring road Take the scenic and quite flat A 93 to Banchory The traffic is moderate When reaching Banchory shops take the road A 980 up a small steep hill towards Alford The road are quite hilly up and down to a crossroad after 2 km In the crossroad take the road towards Alford The road goes into a moderate climb This climb continues through Torphins and over the hill to Lumphanan shops The road goes very steep up from this village up to the Corse Hill From this mountain top excellent view the road goes steep down into a valley and down this valley to Alford shops and museums If you think the road down to Aberdeen are a piece of cake you will now get a nasty surprise The road goes up a sharp climb three

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