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Bike racers battle snow, bitter cold
Friday, May 14, 2010

Hanna Petro is a fourth-grader at Okte Elementary School

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Did you know that you could ride a bike on the same trail as the famous Alaskan sled dog race the Iditarod?

There are consequences to riding it, though. You have to bike for 350 miles in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit! Brrrrrr! I’d be cold!

Unfortunately, you need to train very, very hard to be in this race. Practicing for hours and hours in the snow and riding your spike-wheeled bike every day is hard work, believe it or not. Another thing is that you actually have to sleep outside for months before the race so your body gets used to the cold.

You also have to make your own equipment, such as gloves and boots. The snow you trek though is chest-deep, and in that snow you have to hike a mountain carrying your bike on your shoulders. You have to do this for 45 hours up a mountain.

My uncle rode this race, and here are some of his words on what he thought about it: “I felt nervous. I had never been on a trail before, and I didn’t know how long the trail would be.”

If you ever are confident enough to do this race, you should probably know that you are going to have to ride across a lake with thin ice covering it and freezing water beneath it if you ever you actually do it.

It is a tough race up in Alaska. Your bike weighs 74 pounds and you have to push it up mountains that can reach up to be 2,900 feet in elevation. That must be very hard!

My uncle says, “It was a very, very hard race, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!”



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