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Discussion: 2023 Expedition Canada

in: Adventure Racing; General

May 22, 2023 1:28 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Getting the discussion started here. Race starts Tuesday morning.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/427842/Exp...-
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May 22, 2023 4:22 PM # 
awentz:
Here's the tracking link for future access: https://live.enabledtracking.com/xpdca2023/
May 22, 2023 4:24 PM # 
StrongMachine:
And a chat with the RD Nathalie:
https://fb.watch/kHkcOe1qdm/
May 23, 2023 1:22 PM # 
StrongMachine:
The course map will be revealed shortly, but I got a preview from notes from the briefing:
Start @ Keefer Lake Lodge, near Revelstoke, Trek
Cherryville Lake, MTB
Lake Country Canyon, Canyoneering
Wood Lake, MTB
Kalamollan Lake, Canoe
High Rim Trail, Trek
Nordic Center/Kettle River, MTB
Kettle River, Packraft
Rock Creek, MTB
Baldy Mountain, Trek
Baldy - Penticton, MTB to finish
May 23, 2023 2:44 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Tracking is live!
May 23, 2023 5:06 PM # 
JayXC:
Bones US not going for OCP 6? Very early in the race to make that call.
Edit: They must have picked it up as there would be no other reason to climb up that side.
May 24, 2023 2:46 PM # 
glewis:
Looks like Bones US also made a creative choice to 16 and then a very creative choice to TA2. Lots of extra elevation for them.
May 24, 2023 2:47 PM # 
glewis:
Bend and 400Team seem to have arrived at the paddle at similar times and are both now out on the water.
May 24, 2023 3:28 PM # 
awentz:
Bones loves climbing! That was an interesting route choice to TA2.

With the first course cutoff coming tonight at 7pm for finishing Leg 3, the back few teams will need to push it on the bike today to make TA2 on time.
May 25, 2023 3:45 AM # 
awentz:
Day 1 recap video was posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G13vbZijgI&ab...

The french keep slowly extending their lead over Bend. They're going to be hard to catch, especially with their extra 2hrs of sleep at the TA2 dark zone. Bend is currently ~3 hrs behind the french and Bones Canada is only ~80 minutes behind Bend.

Looking at the race maps, doesn't seem like there is any major route choices to make for the remainder of the race. (https://adventureenablers.s3.amazonaws.com/Trackin...)
May 25, 2023 5:52 PM # 
StrongMachine:
I've heard some people wondering who this new French team is...Turns out, they are not new. I believe each of them has previously raced with Naturex, including in ARWC La Reunion (4th), Expedition Africa (2nd), and a number of other races. The team includes French national champions (with Lozere) and Daphne is a world-renowned ultra-distance trail runner, with a 2nd place finish at The Spine race.
May 26, 2023 3:19 AM # 
StrongMachine:
Interesting to see the pace differences on the long hike. East Wind has gained two places while Peak Pursuit and More Mayo have fallen back a bit.
May 26, 2023 11:25 AM # 
glewis:
This long trek hasn't been overly exciting to follow. Not very fast and very little navigation, at least that we can see from the dots.

Barring any mishap, it looks like the top 4 will be
1. 400Team
2. Bend
3. Bones CAN
4. Bones USA

East Wind has made that great push from 8th into 5th, but I can't figure out what their sleep situation is. The top 4 probably won't sleep again, but I don't know if that is the case for our Japanese friends.
May 26, 2023 1:02 PM # 
JayXC:
Is 400Team looking for the CP on the wrong spur?
May 26, 2023 1:26 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Yes but it looks like they figured it out.
May 26, 2023 1:30 PM # 
StrongMachine:
More Mayo appears to be retired?

Would love to hear everyone's thoughts on strategy for teams between 5th and 10th place.
East Wind pushed through TA with no sleep (not sure when they've slept) and seems to be moving OK.
Peak Pursuit has been in TA since 2 a.m. but I think this is their first sleep. They slowed way down on the trek.
Snowdog sleped 1.5-2 hrs after the paddle and has been in TA since 1:45 a.m.
Strong Machine got in at 5:35, slept 3 hours after the paddle and I'm thinking one 15-minute nap at the road crossing.
GRIT just passed Ozark and is heading for CP26. They have 3-4.5 hours left of hiking.
Ozark is behind but must have slept on the trek. They have 4 to 5 hours left of hiking.

So my question is, assuming you had slept 2-3 hours at some point prior to the trek, what would be your strategy through the second half of the race?
May 26, 2023 2:21 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Looks like Snow Dog is out on the bike. I wonder what's happening with Peak Pursuit? And does anyone have any update on Maximum Mayo?
May 26, 2023 2:34 PM # 
glewis:
I would do my best to convince my teammates to push through the post-trek TA without sleep and get onto the bikes. The bike is 100km with only 2000' of vert, which is very little. After that the race only has 24 hours left and it could be done in a single push with a good sleep before the packraft (or even at the raft put in at CP 30 if I was feeling ambitious).
May 26, 2023 3:20 PM # 
Stark RavingMad:
Looks like Bones Canada is not being credited with CP27. Hopefully this is just a technical issue and they didn't actually miss it.. Tracker shows they were close to it..
May 26, 2023 3:48 PM # 
StrongMachine:
It's very likely it's a tracking geofencing issue. There's no way they would have moved on if they hadn't found it. And it's in a pretty prominent location so I have very little doubt they got it and will receive credit.
May 26, 2023 7:10 PM # 
StrongMachine:
It appears the French have won! Though no video or pictures have emerged from the finish line yet that I can find...
May 30, 2023 2:47 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Not sure if everyone saw, but East Wind was short-coursed due to leaving two teammates at the summit of the last trek (they were sick) while the remaining two teammates rabbitted to one CP. They self-reported and thus were given a lighter penalty than full disqualification.
May 30, 2023 5:28 PM # 
Carbons Offset:
So characteristic of East Wind to self-report. So much respect.

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