Highlights included 9lb Lola taking on 94lb Asha in the Pet Dog; Stefan W's chain not breaking; Jon's rear derailleur locking up on a steep uphill; and Darryl only winning twice and thus ending the season with only 10/11 firsts..."I'm a bit disappointed" Darryl mentioned later.
Trail marking was excellent (Darryl + Mike) and hostmanship from Jessica and Mike Simon most excellent, thank you, and thanks to the 6 trail volunteers who made sure we took the right turns and indicted we should really think about slowing down for the next section.
In the 1-3 dog 2.5 miler, Darryl ran 3 dogs and stayed upright throughout, which required considerable skill when winding downhill through the trees in the slush; Stefan and Jon ran one dog each, rationalising neither really wanted to start the snow season wrapped round/impaled upon a tree - there's plenty of opportunity to do that properly on skis later.
And so to the results:
1 Mile 1 Pet Dog
1...Asha, Jon Lucas, Bike, 6.39
2...Lola, Mark Manolis, Feet, 11.05
1 Mile Canicross
1...Grizzly, Darryl Sheepwins...7.43
2...Decaf, Mark Manolis...8.32
1 Mile 1 Sled Dog (all bikes)
1...Stefan Wackerhagen, 4.23
2...Darryl Sheepsecond, 4.37
3...Jon Lucas, 4.46
4...Gaetan Pierrard, 4.55
2 Mile 2 sled dog (all bikes)
1...Darryl Sheepwon, 10.44
2...Stefan Wackerhagen, 11.21
3...Jon Lucas, 15.58
(editor's note: small entry fields are great, takes so much less time to type it all in)
Many thanks to everyone who made this summer such a great success: sponsors, volunteers, racers, it really was fun!; remember, to make this winter a similar success DPSAY needs people to join the Board, we have the sponsors, we have a crew of race day volunteers, we need some behind the scenes organisers and volunteers to put it all together.