SHAKIN’ THINGS UP! YELLOW BIB CHANGES HANDS TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.
Two-time Stage Stop Champion Lina Streeper took the win today (she looks good in yellow) and took home the coveted fossilized fish award for winning the Kemmerer Stage.
Three-time champ Anny Malo in 2nd for the day still holds her overall lead by 18 minutes. Cathy Rivest driving Rivest-Malo B team placed 8th for the day holding on to 3rd overall. Dave Torgerson driving the Streeper B team placed 4th today and jumps a spot to 4th overall.
Consecutive 17-time Stage Stop veteran Bruce Magnusson had a great run today and took the #5 spot climbing to 10th overall. Alix Crittenden showed consistency by finishing 7th but drops a spot in the overall to 7th. Hans Gatt shot to a 3rd place finish and gains 1 spot in the overall to 6th. Another good run by veteran Austin Forney who came in 7th today gaining one spot to 8th overall. Ryan Baeber took 9th spot today and Rachel Courtney came in 10th and 9th in overall standing.
From where I sit, positions 1-3 look fairly solid unless someone makes up some much needed time, which can happen easily. The biggest movement today is in positions 4-11 and is really anyone’s guess. Whoever has the strongest and fullest roster with everyday dogs will make the difference. We just have to wait and see.
Dave Torgerson shows great consistency over JR Anderson but we all know JR to come on strong as his history proves. The balance of racers who are holding their own are looking consistent and ready to finish this monumental quest. It only takes one mistake to change the lineup and mistakes are being made. As in any dog race, anything’s possible.
Tomorrow is a rest-travel day and I’m sure many a musher approves this time to re-energize. Then on to Alpine Thursday where a whole new set of obstacles and challenges comes into play.