Can you imagine how hard Allen is ski-poling right now? With all the fresh snow this final leg will be a real slog!
The Black Team left right on time and they’re chasing Nic with all their might, and doing what they can to stay in front of Dan and Ryne. At this point in the race, what you see on the tracker is the full picture. No more checkpoints, no more mandatory rest, no more time calculations… the one in front is winning. It’s the only time in the race you can say that with any certainty.
Aliy and the Red Team have also left Mendentla after their final four hours rest. She has ten team mates with her having left Chevie with the crew. They are currently in 5th position and Aliy will be working hard behind the sled to hold that position. For such an inexperienced team (and, honestly, a bit of a lack of proven leaders – when asked why that was she said because Allen has 11 leaders on his team!) a top 10 finish was a great goal.
She left with Chena in single lead, Driver and Cayenne in swing, Nomex and Tinder, Scooby will run on his own, Bruno and Five with Perky and QT in wheel. Bruno and Perky were screaming to go!
The handler crew have worked really hard and can now relax for a while, there is nothing more they can do other than wait and watch like us. Once the teams get over the finish line they set to work again giving the dogs a hearty meal, full body massage, foot ointment and massage and settling them into the truck to sleep for a few hours.
Keep an eye on the tracker, yell at it if you want (I will be!) and I’ll get something to you from the finish line asap.