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FROLIC IN THE SNOW – Musher Isaac Deuling and his team come into the finish line in his first DPSAY event at the Cadence Cycle Twister Race Sunday morning. Deuling won the 10-mile race in a time of 44:57.

Siberian Huskies thrive in cold DPSAY race

Sunday’s temperature may have been considered cold for many,

By Dustin Cook on January 31, 2018

Sunday’s temperature may have been considered cold for many, but not the Siberian Huskies excited and eager to race at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre.

The Cadence Cycle race was the third race of the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon’s (DPSAY) Twister Race Series and saw five brave mushers face the cold and compete on the 10-mile McConnell Lake loop.

Warmer temperatures have been a recent problem for the association in hosting the races – the Cadence Cycle race was already postponed and originally scheduled for Dec. 17.

Association president Simi Morrison said via email the Siberian Huskies had a blast and performed well because they thrive in cold temperatures.

The smaller field also made for an exciting finish with teams rolling in one after the other in a tight finish. All five teams finished within seven minutes of each other.

The victory in the 10-mile race went to Isaac Deuling, competing in his first DPSAY race. Deuling came from Dezadeash Lake to participate and won his debut in a time of 44:57, less than two minutes over Cindy Hawkins in second spot.

Jonathan Alsberghe came third in a time of 49:10, Marvin Bellin followed right behind in 50:22 and Aaron Nicholson rounded out the contestants finishing in 51 minutes flat.

The six-kilometre recreational race only had two competitors in an out and back loop. The win went to Erin Stevens, who also came to the race from Dezadeash Lake, in a time of 17 minutes. Tiffany McLean and her dog team finished in 27 minutes.

The smaller crowd was also a result of the upcoming Yukon Quest dog mushing race kicking off in Fairbanks, Alaska Saturday.

The mandatory vet check for all teams were held on Sunday, both in Whitehorse and Fairbanks, so mushers and volunteers were not able to attend the Cadence Cycle race.

After two successful races in less than a month, the association will be taking a short hiatus for the Quest, encouraging members to follow the race. The Yukon Dog Mushers Association will also be hosting their 11th annual Babe Southwick Race Days Feb. 10-11.

The next event for DPSAY is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 with the Granger Grind mid-distance race, a longer race than the 10-mile Twister races offer.

Starting at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre to the Sky High Wilderness Ranch, the race offerings are 100 miles for sleds and skijors and a 50-mile course for skijor competitors.

For the 100 mile race, the route will go over McConnell Lake and up the Alligator Lake trail down to Fish Lake and then take the Bonneville Lake loop to the Sky High checkpoint.

The return portion will be the same – minus the final Bonneville loop – making the first leg of the course 55 miles and 40 miles for the return to Mount Lorne.

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