Saturday, March 13, 2010

Iditarod Trail Invitational 2010

Completed the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational on bike earlier this week with Vanessa McKenzie and nearly 50 other athletes from around the world. Starting a week before the famous Iditarod dog-sled race, the ITI follows the Iditarod Trail across the Alaska Range from Knik Lake to the village of McGrath.

Temperatures ranged from around 30F at race start to -40F near the end.

Finished the journey in 9 days - much slower than expected, but much too fast in retrospect. An incredibly difficult yet truly wonderful adventure. No prizes, except a T-shirt and the knowledge you completed one of the toughest ultra races on the planet.

Aaron Fanetti at the start of the 2010 Iditarod Trail Invitational

Snow-covered bike at Shell Lake

Biker cross Rainy Pass

More pictures here