Into Tuluksak – A Short Break then Bound for Home!

Matt Failor was the first Team into Tuluksak at just after 10pm this evening. In Pete’s pre-race interview he thought the record might fall and it is really looking like that is the case.

Failor was into Tuluksak at 10:11pm. After a 4 hour layover he can leave at 2:11am. Add 4 hours or so to that and we will have an early morning finish!

Pete and the Team just arrived into Tuluksak about 45 minutes after the Leader in 4th position. It’s going to be an exciting finish, but set the alarm clock as it looks like the front Teams are going to beat the sunrise into Bethel in the Morning.

We are hoping to pickup at least one position on the run into Bethel, but let’s see what Mr. Kaiser has up his sleeve as they head for the Finish Line in Bethel!

GO Team Kaiser!!

The Race is ON!

Man oh Man! We got ourselves a dogsled race!

If you planned on sleeping, just forget it! Teams are out of Kalskag headed towards a 4 hour layover in Tuluksak. Pete was out in 5th position, but if you look at the statistics, Team Kaiser was second only by a few minutes to Matthew Failor on the enroute time from Aniak to Kalskag. Failor is seeming to still be the Team to beat in this year’s race. He had a bit of rest in Kalskag and his speed is consistent and fast.

Pete is trailing Failor (44min), Holmes (42min), King(29min), and Petit(24min). He departed after dropping 1 dog from Kalskag at 6:06pm.

It’s a 50 mile run to Tuluksak and the 4 hour mandatory health check and stopover.

With Teams so closely packed together we have seen all things happen and rankings change dramatically, but Pete really has his work cut out for him to make it into the top 3.

What a Race! All of the Teams have to be proud of their performances!

Go Team Kaiser! It will be on the edge of our seat for the evening.

Too bad we are going to miss the total eclipse of the sun due to the clouds!!

Playing with Stats – K300 Day 2 – Who’s the Fastest?

Good afternoon Race Fans!!

It’s quite a race we have going upriver from Bethel. Teams are stretched out for many miles, but layover times and other factors are still at play.

Speaking of playing, one of the tools we have in our speculation toolbox is what TrackLeaders calls Raceflow. This is a really great tool to see who is gaining and who is losing over the course of a race. Most people don’t look at it, but I’d encourage you to take a look.

It’s a bit confusing, but here’s how it goes. The Teams are sorted as to their position. Each Team has a line that corresponds to their location on the course, but also their speed. As you look at lines close together, that means that Teams are close on the racecourse. As lines converge, for example a lower line starts to run over another line on top of it, that means one Team is overtaking another.

If you zoom in to the lines you can start to see as Teams start to falter or which ones, maybe after a break, get faster.

In the case of this Race, you can just see a bit of difference between the Team lines. They aren’t parallel to each other.

So for good old fun, I make parallel lines on each Team and then sorted them to see which Teams are faster than the other.

What I am finding is that Matt Failor’s Team is really the jackrabbit on the course. His speeds are steady and fastest over the course. Second, and only by just a little is Pete and the Team.

Take a look and see for yourself. It is great fun to analyze. The second year Pete won the K300, the second place Team, Brent Sass was converging quickly. If the race would have been a few miles more, he would have caught Pete and lost by only 8 minutes!!

See that year (2016) by clicking the thumbnail
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Take a look at this year’s raceflow and the parallel lines I just created. It’s still anyone’s race!

 

 

2019 Bogus Creek 150 – Nik Wikstrand 3rd Place

Niklas and the Team crossed the Finish Line this morning, January 19, at 9:58am, 21 minutes behind the Champion Jason Pavila. He was pretty hard on himself over getting off the trail as he knew it cost him the race. After getting back on track, Nik was able to move into 3rd place and had the race gone another 50 miles or so, he would have caught the leader. But there are no do-overs in racing, so he is very satisfied with his finish and had nothing but great things to say about the dogs.

The next thing on his agenda is prepping for Iditarod. Congratulations Nik! Fine Job!

Go Team Kaiser!!

Congratulations! Jason Pavila and Max Olick!

The youngest musher ever to win the Bogus Creek 150 crossed the line with a fine team at 9:37am with 9 dogs. The story doesn’t end there, however. Jason Pavila may be the youngest musher, but a tearful father, Lewis, and so proud Team owner, Max Olick, have been teaming up to win races for many years. I asked Max, “How many is this for you?” He replied, “I don’t know, several…”

Haha! Several! Lewis Pavila has won the race riding those same runners that his son burned up the trail with on this run. Jason made great time and held off other experienced mushers including second place veteran George Manutoli.

There were smiles all around this morning to celebrate the changing of the guard. I wondered out loud if this might be a trend. Fast kennels with young men driving that are fast, smart, and strong!

Congratulations Jason! Great Race and we hope to see you doing this again!

First to Aniak

Thank You Aniak!!

Pete and the Team were first into the Halfway checkpoint of Aniak this morning at 9:02, just minutes before the youngest Musher to win the Bogus Creek 150, Jason Pavila, crossed the finish line at 9:37 (More on that later)

Pete was welcomed into Aniak by a large group of fans and spectators and a new halfway prize donated by the Community of Aniak. For being first into the checkpoint, Pete was awarded a suncatcher, a nice set of gloves, and a beautiful mask. Thank You Aniak!!

Pete is sticking to his 2-2-2 schedule that is seeing other mushers do different schedules. Musher Matt Failor didn’t stop at the checkpoint and is now leading Teams around the Whitefish loop back to Kalskag. Weather is absolutely perfect, so it’s a matter of dog care and health as the race progresses.

All of the top 5 Teams into Aniak have similar enroute times except for Failor, who was about 10 minutes faster.

It’s going to be a long night of guessing who will come out on top as anything can happen in dogsled mushing!!

Go Team Kaiser! Thanks again Aniak, and Thanks Kids for the AWESOME signs!

 

2019 Bogus Update – Making Up Lost Time

Every musher has it. That one memory that will burn in infamy…  Pete has his Pop Tart, Nik will have the Gweek trail.

Every musher has that moment, that small mistake, that if they could just take it back, the outcome would have been way different. We don’t talk about it much, but those memories are still out there.

After getting off the trail early, Nik and the Team are running with the fastest time on the trail. In 3rd place chasing the two front runners, can he do it??

Nik and the Team are running at a 11mph pace and they have 5 miles to make up. It’s going to be tough, but anything could happen.

Estimating the finish at 10ish, but I’m heading down about 9:30 just to make sure!!

We all have to be proud of Jason Pavila though. He is the youngest musher in the race at 15 years old!! His dad, Lewis Pavila, many time winner of all kind of races including the Bogus, must be beaming from ear to ear!

It’s going to be an exciting day, so grab a cup of coffee and Go Team Kaiser!!