The Susitna 100 in Alaska - a 50 km (The Little Su) or 100 mile cycling, running, or skiing event started today.
They're saying it has the potential to be a fast event!
1/31/05 -- On Saturday January 29th, Jason Potsander and I did a bike ride on the Iditarod Trail. From the end of S Big Lake Rd to the Iditarod Trail was in good shape for riding, running or skiing. This short section would prove to be the worst conditions of the day. At the trail junction, we went south towards Knik for several miles and turned around at the bottom of 9 Mile Hill when we started to encounter some mushers. The Iditarod Trail was probably in the best shape I have ever experienced. The trail is very firm, but still skiable. The snow is still clean and white, not icy, but fast for cycling, running or skiing. In the wooded sections there are lots of "whooptydos" but the trail is relatively smooth in the more open areas. The steep hills are not icy or worn down to dirt and are hard packed enough for fast (not scary) descents. We went as far as Fish Creek where it flows into Flathorn Lake and it was all great. The "Nome sign" is still missing, but there is a large tripod near where its been. If the trail stays like this, it will be a very fast race. --Mike Morganson
And the Iditabike (Iditarod) starts (February 26th) - a 350 mile (or 1100 mile) cycling, running, or skiing event.
And they are also saying that the conditions look good so far.
I don't know why ... but these event fascinate me and one year I very much want to give at least the Susitna a try.