Okay. Time for another quick update.
It has been a cold last night and it is cold tonight. I should be used to it by now. In Rivendell Farm, when seeing the athletes come in, I always am very hopeful to see them all finish. However, especially in cold years a lot of them do struggle and we have high numbers of participants not reaching Braeburn on their own feet, skis or bike. This also was the case today. It started with Kevin Walker and Mark Wright who did not go beyond Rivendell Farm. Followed by Rejean Moreau who had stomach issues. When I thought, maybe that's it, we got the "help" messages one after the other. A first transfer with athletes who could not continue left for Whitehorse around 21:30. In this bus were Peter Mild, Michael Færgegaard, Torben C G Jensen, Nikolaj Pedersen, Jonathan Kattenberg, Gavin Clark, Palle Andersen, Hanno Heiss and Jørgen Leschly Thorsted. Reasons for them dropping out were pulled muscles, hip pain, back pain, breathing problems, etc. Of course they were all disappointed but safety and health are more important than reaching a finish line. Easy for me to say that of course but I think they all agree. It was great that you guys gave it a try and I wish you all a quick recovery. That also goes of course for Brady Kyle, Thomas Zimmermann and Magdalena Dombek who are resting at Braeburn. And Andy Gregory, Martin Zogg, Markus Kolly plus the athletes who had to scratch on day 1. Everybody else is hanging on in there. We have some athletes with SPOTs not sending. However, our checks by the crew were quite intensive. So, no reason to worry.
Temperatures did go down to - 37 degrees Celsius in some places last night. As always this does cause problems for the athletes. Things that normally are not much of an issue turn into very big challenges. That is on top of the fact most of them have a lack of sleep and days on their feet, fatbikes and xc-skies are long. Therefore, we have had quite a few athletes having to call it a day. The good news is that there are no serious issues. We have had stomach problems, mild frostbite, hip issues and problems breathing.
Rejean Moreau is one of the athletes who had issues with his stomach and he was brought to Whitehorse by crew member Glenn Toovey. All other guides are bringing everybody else to Braeburn as I write this and for the rest of the day. These athletes are: Peter Mild, Nikolaj Pedersen, Jonathan Kattenberg, Torben Jensen, Thomas Zimmermann and Gavin Clark. I have two more on my list but I still need confirmation. Depending on how things go some of them may also stay in Dog Grave Lake.
In the meantime German fatbiker Bernhard Hasenbalg seems unstoppable. He is having a great time and may have us leaving for Carmacks tonight if he does not rest.