Sunday, June 17, 2007

RTNX Update

Looks like we will be racing in the Queen Charlotte Islands...More updates have arrived, here's the latest:

Course updateTides and television inspired us for a paddling start from the beach in the early morning light, and teams will be off on a 3.5 day non-stop expedition, exploring all ends of Haida Gwaii, including paddles on ocean, inlet and sound, high mountain and old-growth forest trekking, coasteering on stunning tidal beaches and spits, and coastal and logging-road-maze mountain biking. You can put your new Helly Hansen Lifa shirts to the test - this stage will also feature an advanced course cut-off to chase. And new to any Raid the North event – a mountain bike rogaine section.

Once back to the stage finish at the Haida Heritage Centre, teams will be able to catch their breath before catching BC Ferries’ Queen of Prince Rupert for the overnight return voyage. We’ll disembark and immediately set off on a 18-24 hour final stage of the race in the original landscape of this race – paddling inlets frequented by whales, trekking through the Coast Mountains, and biking classic trails through deep valleys punctuated by waterfalls and (given the recent conditions) raging rivers, to a finish line in Prince Rupert and a wrap-up party at the historic North Pacific Cannery that you don’t want to miss.

Everyone on the ground in Prince Rupert and on Haida Gwaii has put in an amazing effort to take this race from natural disaster to the kind of race course we were only dreaming about 6 months ago. I feel incredibly priveleged to have been in some of the places we’ve tested in the last week, and I’m sure you’ll have equally visceral memories of this experience before long.

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