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From Alaskans to Australians, 325 teams register for Haines to Haines bike relay

Cross-border race from the Yukon to Alaska set for June 15
A line of cyclists draft off each other during the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay on June 17, 2023.

The international bike relay from Haines Junction to Haines, Alaska, is gearing up with 325 teams, including 94 soloists, signed up for this year’s race. 

That’s according to a May 13 press release announcing registration has closed for the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. 

The release suggests the registration numbers reflect the event’s “growing popularity and appeal within the cycling community.” 

With riders participating from as far away as Australia, “strong representation” will come from the Yukon, Alaska, New York, Washington and San Francisco, as noted in the release. 

Cyclists will take a journey through mountain valleys, alpine passes and ocean views, with a mix of flats, steep descents and long climbs. The 238.3-kilometre relay breaks down into eight legs that range from 19 to 39.5 kilometres, per the website. 

The release indicates the race is known for involving a mix of “seasoned pros and first-timers, all united by a love of cycling and adventure.” 

The website reminds riders and people in support vehicles that they are responsible for having valid cross-border documentation and complying with laws regarding Canadian and United States border crossings.  

Last year, the relay hit the pavement for the first time in three years. The typical annual event was thrown off its cycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In 2017, the event set for June 17 was cancelled due to snow. 

The 2024 race is scheduled for June 15. 

– With files from Amy Kenny  

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I’m the legislative reporter for the Yukon News.
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