So, the number of confirmed withdrawals continues to mount, with Heather Dawe, Suzanne Marcoe and Chauncey Matthews all having the misfortune of needing to call it a day. We appear to be down to 38 active racers now – the three mentioned above join Grant Triplow, Christina Domecq, Simon Temple, Bob Marr, Bob Moczynski and Jim Helms as definitely out, as appears to be Brian Aillaud.
Meanwhile, the role call of potentially race-threatening ailments also continues to grow: sore or swollen knees (Brett Foster and Robin Borstmayer), saddle sores, dodgy wrists and no bear-protection (Dave Preston), nausea and a cough (Eric Bruntjen) and a chest cold (Mike Prochaska). And that’s just what people are owning up to.
The sense of humour persists in the face of this adversity though. Eric Bruntjen wondered if being sick on Jon Billman would increase or decrease the likelihood he could feature in one of his articles. We’ll have to wait until the next issue of the Cordillera for the answer.
This medical charge sheet is no surprise, really, given how hard people are pushing themselves. At the rear of the field, Tony Huston casually revealed how he and Tom Santacroce rolled in to Ferndale at 3am. Scarcely half an hour later, Erik Lobeck resumed his pursuit of Matthew Lee. Talk about burning the candle at both ends.
Erik said he’d stopped in Helena for a motel and some quality sleep, which was what Matthew did last year – there’s only so long you can push to the limit without some recovery. With Erik’s early start it looked as if Matthew might pay the price for his late night into Basin as Erik closed the gap on him again, but Matthew has since maintained his advantage of around three hours. Read more »