LINK TO 2018 YUKON QUEST OFFICIAL WEBSITE .  THE BLACK TEAM's PICTURE STORY JOURNEY:  An explanation of our reporting methodology here
YQ Banquet: http://yukonquest.com/sites/default/files/article-attachments/2018-02-17%20-%202018%20Finish%20%26%20Awards%20Banquet.pdf


  

SPOILER ALERT:  The Black Team won!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOF.   9 days, 18 hours, and 53 minutes, with all 14  4-legged members of the team crossing the finish line!!!



REPORT FROM BANQUET IN WHITEHORSE - LINK TO THE GUYS CONQUERING THE ELEVATOR GOING UP AND DOWN, TOO

"...The evening closed with the presentation of the Golden Harness Award. In honour of their loyalty, endurance, and perseverance throughout the race, Allen Moore’s two lead dogs, Commando and Dutch, received custom
- made Tanzilla Harness Supply golden harnesses, and steaks prepared by the Head Chef of the Coast High Country Inn and Convention Centre."


Black Team started the race as bib #23 - there are 3 minute intervals between start times which began at 11am Saturday (Fairbanks time, 3pm EST);  69 minutes elapsed before Black Team could begin the Quest. 

Thus we measure "DAY" beginning  4pm EST.  We are certainly not "official" nor are we accurate - trust me!



MEDIA TEAM


CLICK HERE FOR MILEAGE
DNN's reports from the field or on the ice, trailside, and also (GPS) in the air...
MISMO added for power supply to DNN Team.  Frogs do data interpolation in below zero weather.

This is where you find out about how the race is going & dropped dogs:  http://yukonquest.com/results/1931

NEWS OF HOW THE BLACK TEAM IS FARING


SUMMARY:  Not scientific, not predictable, but then, the basic data provided would not support any other way!  Click on "DAY" for our version of what we think is happening.

DAY ONE
DAY TWO
DAY THREE
DAY FOUR
DAY FIVE
DAY SIX
DAY SEVEN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
DAY EIGHT
DAY NINE
DAY TEN
The time for the Black Team in the 35th YQ 1000:    9 days, 18 hours, and 53 minutes
Chena wrote a report on her experiences on the Yukon Quest 1000 trail in 2018:  READ IT HERE










  
986 MILES APPROX. - VARIES FROM YEAR TO YEAR
The race course by mile, Fairbanks to Whitehorse, artist's version below.  Above, the Yukon Quest course, elevations and at right, from the rules re:  rest stops required, etc.



Black Team departs Dawson City
Eagles report that the team is at 1500' elevation @12:30pm E.S.T.





DAY ONE BEGAN AT 4PM, SATURDAY FEB. 3RD, E.S.T.

            
"Now that was a quick start, Black Team!!!"
It is into the first day of the YQ1000, at "Mile 101", (4 hr required stop) Black Team in 4th place (108 miles into the race)On to Eagle Summit and we go to a long run out...






DAY TWO...Sunday FEB. 4

    

A nice place to catch a few zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  WOOF!!!  CHECK OUT HERDS OF CARIBOU!!!
Day 2:  We count the days as if the race began when the Black Team took off from Fairbanks.  Official word is everybody blew through Central on the way to Circle City. (FWIW, not the late "Circuit" City electricity emporium).


  


DAY THREE...Monday FEB. 5

  
NOW THIS IS RURAL!  AND THE TEAM TAKES LOTS AND LOTS OF UNSCHEDULED REST ENJOYING THE PEACE AND QUIET OF THE ALASKA WILDERNESS
              

EAGLE BRIGADE SURVEILLANCE MANTRA:   "WE SWOOP DOWN AND REMOVE 'FAST FOOD' ANY TIME WE SEE IT"

                      
"NO 'FAST FOOD' FOR SURE"
A second scan in daylight, using natural techniques, can neither confirm nor deny the initial report.  "But Trout Brook Hospitality cabin on the horizon..."  not to mention "Clinton Creek" hospitality center, too.

   
"LEAP FROG"
OK, so it gets a little hard to figure out...so the Eagle Brigade enlists frogs to interpolate data for the eagles.  GRIBBIT.






DAY FOUR BEGINS. - Tuesday FEB. 6



AS WE SEE IT, THE BLACK TEAM HAS FOUR HOURS REST BEFORE TAKING ON AMERICAN SUMMIT...


Black Team has landed in Eagle, the village.  4hr mandatory rest
Who will lead the Team up and over American Summit safely?  Commando and Kodiak have been in lead the whole way so far, as best as I can know from afar.  This is the last big ("big" as in pulling straight up a loooong vertical and downnnnnn again) challenge before the halfway point and 36 hr rest.


ON THE WAY TO CLINTON CREEK HOSPITALITY CENTER...mile 450.
I am sure, as the time permits, we will be treated to a full-blown video of Dawson City camp out (mile 503).  ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
 





DAY FIVE - Wednesday - FEB. 7 (3 hrs in) - approaching race mid-point...



But not yet into Dawson City - 14 miles to go...8:36pm AK time est. arrival.  It was 9:11pm when we looked an hour ago...now 7:59pm at 497 miles (503 is the Dawson City distance, we believe).  Actual arrival 7:30 PST!!!

So to refresh:  who is on the Black Team and who's related/same litter?  "(  )" indicates the parents of the Black Team members.







DAY SIX - Thursday - AT THE SPA - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


NOON
VOICE REPORT Black Team on American Summit:  Run off the road by caribou or at least the trail "muddied" by hoof prints - a whole herd!!!   Short video  up of arrival Dawson City!!!


Chena thinking up alternative strategies for the second half of the  YQ 1000...






DAY SEVEN




FRIDAY - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz until @11am E.S.T., we guess.  Nope.  Looking to go at noon?
That would be Friday, Feb. 9, (P.S.T.).  It was noted on the SP Kennel website that "P.S.T." meant only a three-hour difference for those of us on the east coast.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Get ready, get set...this is the part that requires "higher math."  Or at least higher math for dogs.  Let's see...if the Black Team started in #23 position it should have to "give back 3 minutes to the three other starting teams or 9 minutes.   So that would be 36 hrs and 9 minutes in Dawson before they can begin part two of the Yukon Quest...BUT it gets more complicated for those of us not on P.S.T.


AT THE HALFWAY POINT (STATS ABOVE).
How do we figure when to start crossing our fingers and hitting "refresh"  again?  BY CHECKING NOW!!!  According to the YQ website, Black Team out on the trail again on their way to Scroggie Creek...where on the map is it?
This is not an official checkpoint.  We assume there is an indoor space for 2-legged team member.  King Solomon's Dome next...we'll know more if the Eagle Brigade can report.

In flight, the eagle says (translation) "watch the tracker!"  Now in position, the Eagle Brigade (who wanted to take along a drone but were refused by YQ1000 rules committee) will keep track of the Black Team as it heads uphill.  And then down again...








DAY EIGHT

          
SEEMS TO BE RESTING EQUAL TIME WITH RUNNING TO KEEP UP AVERAGE SPEED - WE'LL CONTINUE TO TEST THIS THEORY
Begun just a few minutes early (3:54pm E.S.T.). We note descent from the peak of King Solomon's Dome underway.  If I heard it right, there is a really, really nasty cold stretch as they pass through the low area before Scroggie Creek.

2:46am EST mile 600 on to The Black Hills (named for ...The Black Team?)
A rest for dogs and musher after long up and down mileage since Dawson?  I just figured it out.  And now Matt Hall is in second position and the race is on...at 3am.

    
By morning they were on the road again. 
Black Team is back on the trail after an informal rest of what we interpret maybe as a bit longer than those previously taken.  Team needs strength for uphills to come after next checkpoint.



"GRIBBIT"  @10am for "leap frog part 2"



Run-rest data is secret  but available online
Although the Yukon Quest itself reported this, COMPETITORS are not supposed to know what the tracker reports.

  
More Black Hills and another "Trail-side Trattoria"
12:50pm on Saturday (EST):  Resting at another of Chef Clyde's "Trail-side Trattorias" this one in the Black Hills?






DAY NINE
The Yukon Quest 1000 calls it the eighth day - we're not going to get all excited about this, because we counted the 36 hrs as one and one-half days.


PELLY CROSSING WILL BE BIG
When the Black Team arrive Pelly, we'll really find out what's been going on.  Although we have gotten hints here and there that indeed, Chef Clyde has had better luck with Yukon Quest approval for his "bistro" concept than from that other long distance race.


SUNDAY A.M. ON THE ICE AGAIN
In and out of Pelly Crossing and on to McCabe Creek hospitality.  On the river - all ice and "jumble" no snow...similar to earlier in the race...after breakfast for two hours Black Team moving along carefully.

At this point we are beginning to consider the overall length of the full journey and how far there is to go and what kinds of conditions the Black Team will experience. 


 
 
Black Team is at McCabe Creek having cinnamon buns, perhaps?  How did we figure this out?   Chef Clyde "branching out" with Eagle Deliveries...cinnamon buns from Braeburn.  "Take-out" gets a new application!
And in reviewing the "Speed v. Time" data...while some speed bump ups might be attributed to eager doggies, we think, considering that this is the Yukon Quest 1000, and from experience we've always heard about mushers needing "pitons" installed on the tip of their boots - like mountain climbing spikes - in the YQ.  As they say - what goes up must come down...FAST...no brakes or "low gear" to keep the heavy sled from picking up speed.  So the doggies run at more than 20 miles per hour downhill (note peaks).


HMMMMM...How resilient is the Black Team?
Looks to me as if the Black Team may be readying itself to embark on the trip to Carmacks of 73 miles. Or not!

The next leg is is a steady uphill (160 feet elevation - not like the hills conquered already).  But at this point in the race that ain't flat...727.9 miles traveled and how many left?  OK, assuming it is 986 miles long that makes @260 miles with checkpoints (including a mandatory 8 hrs rest in Braeburn).  Which is the last one before the Whitehorse finish...


ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
How long did the Black Team rest?  Let's see...they started up again at 3:18pm, having appeared to have rested for six hrs.  FWIW.   Making sure to be out of sight of the chasing teams is always a smart move.  They have to wonder where the leader is.  How far ahead? 



So they are climbing again, following a river.





DAY TEN

           

Begins for us (E.S.T.) in a few minutes...735 miles at 4:16pm.  743 at 5:30pm.
Meanwhile just behind the Black Team the #2 and #3 teams have been passed by a third team!   Meanwhile, they traveled 8 miles and in 75 minutes...and the stats have their speed at 6.9 mph...gribbit.

Arrive CarmacksAt 9:30pm E.S.T.  we check on Black Team.  Note that the official record has "next waypoint" as Braeburn.  At 12:04pm,  826.2 miles done, 14.6 miles more to Braeburn.  8 hr. mandatory rest there before last 100 miles - 76.9, actually, this year is the official mileage to Whitehorse.   After lunch...830 miles, 11 miles to go to CINNAMON BUNS...at @12:30pm.  After 1pm, traveling at 8mph, 9mi to go to CINNAMON BUNS...5.8 mi @7mph;


Observations:  Two graphic representation of the end section of the race explains why rally caps will be employed to urge on the Black Team.  Chena does Garbo...

ARRIVED Braeburn at elevation 2326' - finish line in Whitehorse is at elevation 2089' and 76.2 miles away.
The Black Team has arrived Braeburn in first place.  NEXT STOP:  FINISH LINE (Whitehorse). 


         

All SP Kennel fans are holding their collective breath...a few questions on everyone's mind might be, not including why the tracker always seems to stop working in the last miles:


"WOOF WOOF WOOF" COUNT DOWN FROM DNN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CHENA:


Speed up to 7.8 mph and climbing - 8.2 racing to the finish...


EDITOR REPORT BREAKING NEWS...BLACK TEAM CHAMPS!!!



 

WATCH INTERVIEW WHEN IT APPEARS ONLINE - WE SAW IT LIVE ON YOUTUBE - HERE'S THE FACTS
Black Team leader explains that last leg was in a snow storm.  Could not see far enough to enjoy Lake Lebarge.  Was pleased he finished with all 14 dogs in great condition.






PLAY THAT NUMBER!!!  TWENTY-THREE (23) (OUT OF TWENTY-SIX [26]).  AT  HALFWAY POINT NINE (9) TEAMS HAVE BOWED OUT FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.
This means that Black Team has to pass just about everybody.  IIRC this is a large field for the Yukon Quest 1000.  Leaving from Fairbanks tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 3) for Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.



"Poise" sort of sounds like "paws"...


Strategy for the Yukon Quest 1000: 








Things a dog must know about the YQ 1000...BLACK TEAM...eight (8) of the 14 dogs are children of Olivia (by Nacho). 



"You know, The Red Team Leader won this 1000 mile race in Year 2000 - she is the only 2-legged woman to have done so.  EVER."






ON THE SLENDER, BUT VERY SUPPLE, SIDE
In the style of Rembrandt?  Or more like a John Singer Sargent portraitt?



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