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Wind, snow and a fast biker

By 5. March 2023NEWS ENGLISH
Copyright: Callum Jolliffe

The Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra 2023 started at the Grand Arctic Hotel in Överkalix at 09:35 this morning. The night before was windy and there was more fresh snow than we had expected. So, the trails on the surface were softer than before. Still, the athletes have made very good progress.

Our biker, Alvaro Molinos Domene from Spain, is currently in the lead. Stefan Zahlten (Germany) and Maximo Martin Escribano (Spain) are the next 500 km athletes. The first 185 km athlete is German Alexander Davydov. He pushed hard and had a good day.

Unfortunately, we just had the news that Mike and Maren Kraft scratched at Laxforsberget. Nothing serious but they decided not to continue. Robin Landin is currently bringing them back to Jockfall.

All others are going strong.

Our 500 km race leader, Alvaro, will get several time penalties upon arrival in Jockfall. He knows this already because I had a conversation with him up on Laxforsberget. Earlier today, he went straight on the trail when the marking was clearly taking athletes off the river. He did not do it on purpose and there is no real time saving – maybe a couple of minutes – but his actions could have led him straight into open water or overflow. So, as an incentive to pay more attention, he will get a 1 hour time penalty. Also, Alvaro failed to have some essential kit with him. Mistakes happen and he can continue his race but once he is in Jockfall he will need to make adjustments to the kit on his bike.

The crew at Laxforsberget is waiting for a few more athletes and hopefully around midnight all will have been through our first checkpoint.

At Jockfall, Callum is working on editing today’s photos and he will soon make some posts on our facebook and instagram pages. Our medical team here is resting and will be ready for Alvaro’s arrival.

Our crew at Polar Cabin #1 is also ready.

Some athletes have started to settle down for the night, too. The first ones being Karl and Harriet Shields.

Temperatures tonight should not go much below -15 degrees Celsius. Tomorrow it could get a bit colder and it definitely will cool off further in the days after. That’s perfect for the athletes because trails will remain solid and they can gradually get used to the freezing temps.