JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Analysts agree, this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting races in a decade as mushers racing in the Pedigree Stage Stop Race made their way to Kemmerer yesterday with some very competitive times.
Érick LaForce reestablished his top standing with another first-place finish yesterday. His team covered the 30-mile leg with a total elapsed time of 1:53:27. The Montreal firefighter is less than a minute ahead of Anny Malo in the cumulative standings. Malo finished 2nd yesterday with Line Streeper in 3rd.
Jeff Conn and Bruce Magnusson were close behind in 4th and 5th place.
“This race has changed and fast,” race commentator Jerry Bath said. “In the past, the Kemmerer stage has always been known as a tough one; now it’s a speed track. All mushers agree they love it. The Wyoming state trail groomers were spot on with their grooming the night before as mushers want to buy them a prime-rib supper.”
Stage 4 takes the dog teams to Big Piney today. Bath says watch out for those mushers lurking outside the top four. Some of them are on the move.
“Tomorrow in Big Piney, I predict we will start to see a few races within the race. Take a look at the overall times and then split times when they become available and wow! We have so many truly world-class mushers here at the Pedigree Stage Stop Race it’s hard to have a favorite,” Bath said. “Mushers Bruce Magnusson, Richard Beck, Tommy Bird, Justin Fortier, Alexandra Rochat, Fernando Ramirez, Tim Thiessen, and Chis Adkins are all advancing in the overall. The calculations are endless with what’s ahead so keep on your toes.
Stage 4—January 29 — Big Piney/Marbleton.
9:00am RACE STARTS at Middle Piney parking lot off road 350, 20 miles from Big Piney.
Tuesday, January 29 — Lander, Wyoming.
5:30 — 6:30opm Meet the Teams on Main Street in downtown Lander. Lander Bake Shop will host the 2018 Pedigree Stage Stop Movie.
Stage 5— Wednesday, January 30 — Lander, Wyoming.
9:00am RACE STARTS at the new start Sinks Canyon.
Thursday, January 31 — travel day
Stage 6—Friday, February 1 — Driggs, Idaho.
9:00am RACE STARTS at Kay Dairy Trail Head, 8.5 miles from Hwy 33 on 4000 N.
Parking at the Start/Finish is limited. Please plan to carpool.
There is no free shuttle this year, however individuals needing transportation may contact TRPTA at 208-529-1489 to book a ride at least 24hrs in advance.
Community Meet & Greet 2:00 – 3:00 pm in town 60 S Main St & overflow at 300 S Main St (east and west sides of Community Center)
Stage 7—Saturday, February 2 — Teton County, Wyoming
9:00am RACE STARTS Lower Slide Lake Trailhead.