1588-Yukon Bike Race, YT

I’m in the middle of nowhere in the Yukon and riding to Haines Junction when I come around a bend and there is a peloton of twenty five bicycle riders hauling south. This was on a desolated Yukon road coming through a high pass. It was raining and in the low forties with 30 mph cross winds. Not a single tree around, only patches of snow and nasty weather. This was seventy five miles from anything and I was wet and freezing yet these bikers were in their little bike shorts and shirts chugging along. What the hell is this about. Further on there were more bikers and larger groups as well as stragglers. It turned out to be the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay race from Haines Junction, Yukon to Haines, Alaska. Several hundred riders along with support crews filled the road along the 150 mile course across some of the most rugged landscape in the north. These people were nuts. I was wet and freezing yet they peddled onward. The trail of riders went on for thirty five miles. At the end there were lone riders on regular street bikes – yikes!!! Last year the event was cancelled because of a heavy snow storm.