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Das sagt der Fairbanks Daily News Miner
: Three exhausted mushers each have a chance to win the Yukon Quest — if they can make one final push.
Gatt jumped from third place by continually kicking, running and using ski poles while resting just 3 1/2 of the previous 23 hours.
“That was the goal: to win it,” he said, “and I like to achieve my goals, which I usually do.”
Sebastian Schnuelle set the current Quest record time of 9 days, 23 hours and 20 minutes last year. To beat that, this year’s winner has to cross the finish line in Whitehorse by 11:19 a.m. Tuesday. A winner is expected Monday afternoon.
Because of excellent weather and a slick, fast trail, today’s record might stand for a long time.
Gatt was in third until a few miles after the checkpoint in Carmacks, 77 miles from Braeburn. He rested for just 3 hours, 25 minutes in Carmacks and left in order to chase Mackey and Neff, who left together — the same way they had raced for the previous 300 miles.
“I would have rested longer if they would have rested longer, no doubt about it,” Gatt said.
Mackey said he departed earlier than planned, too, so he could force Gatt to leave after a short stay.
“Sometimes you gotta gamble, and my gamble was that I was going to throw Hans off a little bit and make him uproot when he wanted to stay five hours,” he said.
Despite the short rest, Gatt’s team performed better in Sunday’s heat. Temperatures at McCabe Creek and Braeburn reached the 20s, which is hot for the well-insulated sled dogs.
“It’s a fine line,” Gatt said of running on short rest. “You got to know your dogs and what they can handle, and that bunch obviously is indestructible.”
“If Lance pulls it off, it’d be amazing,” Neff said. “If I pull it off, it’d be a miracle.”
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