Entries by Dan Bichener

They made it!

At 10:51 local time, the spotter shouts out the news I have been waiting for, “Yukon do it and Yukon beat em are in view”. Another few mins and they are across the line… together. The teams exit the boats, the emotions are running high, and I suspect a number of the team are having […]

Carmacks – part two

The team are back awake after about 5/6hours sleep – some in better shape than others but all still up for the next leg of this amazing adventure. Whilst the teams have been asleep Ben & I have been hard at work making sure everything is ready for them. We strip the boats, clean everything […]

Carmacks – the first checkpoint

Great news, the teams have reached Carmacks – that’s nearly half way! They have put in a tremendous effort having paddled for 27 hours since leaving the start line at Whitehorse. Most of the team are in good spirits (with a couple needing a bit of a helping hand) but after some hot chocolate and a […]

Houston, we (may) have a problem

It’s 2:25am local time, Yukon Do It’s spot device (GPS tracker to the unaffiliated)  hasn’t sent a tracking signal since 1:59am. We initiate our emergency plan after 30 mins of no (GPS) signal, so I wake Ben but unfortunately race control hasn’t arrived yet so we have to sit it out for a few hours. we […]

And They’re Off!

So, it’s finally arrived, it’s race day. The boats were in position at 6am this morning and we have spent the last few hours making final checks to ensure we are set for a great start. The race starts with Mayor of Whitehorse thanking everyone for their efforts and wishing everyone well, after a cheer […]

Goodbye UK, hello Yukon

Ground crew member Ben Kennedy reflects on the first two days on Canadian soil Following a successful trip from the UK to Canada and then a short hop up to the Yukon state we have finally made it to our race start point in Whitehorse. The remote picturesque location of Whitehorse will be our home […]

The team behind the team

We caught up with the ground crew – Spencer Brown and Ben Kennedy to get their view on the challenge ahead. SB: We have the overarching responsibility of ensuring safe passage of the teams and their health and wellbeing. These people have been training for over a year in readiness for this event and we as […]

One Million Down

Tim Smith reflects on his training so far One million metres down, 444 miles to go… Sunday 28th February 2016 Sat in a coffee shop on Sunday morning in Leeds waiting for my son to finish his cricket coaching session, I have time to update my training log and realise that I have just passed […]

Yukon Fitness test – the results

Thank you for making this a fantastic event, the determination and focus by all who took part was evident and the distances recorded bode very well for the race in June. As with any team qualification process, the fastest 16 are currently in the team – these people are, in no particular order: Ben Castle, […]

Beat the MD

As a little incentive during your training, we challenge you to try and beat the MD! Keith Dorling (Managing Director for the infrastructure brands) has laid down the gauntlet… How far can you go on a Concept 2 skierg machine in one hour?  In order to verify your achievement we would like to to send […]