Twister race sees three peat win, biggest turnout

The Northern Tales Aurora Twister, held in the Golden Horn area, featured a winding trail with dips and hills and minus 25 temperatures to boot.

Cornering skills were put to the test at this season’s third installment of the Yukon Brewing Twister Race Series on Sunday.

The Northern Tales Aurora Twister, held in the Golden Horn area, featured a winding trail with dips and hills and minus 25 temperatures to boot.

However, none of that prevented the largest turnout so far for this season’s Twister series. Twenty-two sled and skijor teams took part in the 11-mile races, with an additional three in the kids and recreational classes.

Plagued by tangles, Tagish’s Dave Johnson was surprised to learn he won the sled division.

“Everyone else must have had more trouble than I did,” said Johnson.

It was Johnson’s third straight win in the Twister series, in addition to winning the 10-mile Carbon Hill Sled Dog Race in record time earlier this month.

“I think this one was way more challenging,” said Johnson. “The trail was pretty challenging. Lots of 90 degree corners and good gullies there. And 21 head-on passes too. It was definitely an interesting race.”

Making matters more difficult, Johnson often came across teams heading in the other direction at corners.

“Some of these corners are pretty blind, so you couldn’t see anybody coming until the last minute. By then it’s too late,” said Johnson. “By the time you put the brake on, you’re already halfway through the next team.

“In 10 years I don’t think I’ve had as many tangles as today,” he added, laughing.

Taking second and third were Marie Eli and Charles Villeneuve, both from Inuvik. They were using the event as preparation for sprints races in Alaska.

Other notable finishes include Armin Johnson. He came second in the first two Twister races and this time took fifth. Katharina Atmanspacher, who will represent the Yukon in mushing at the Arctic Winter Games, finished ninth in her first Twister race in the adult category.

In the skijor division, Stefan Wackerhagen won his second Twister race of the season, after finishing in third in December. Wackerhagen was also a winner – and record setter – at the Carbon Hill race.

He had a smoother go of it than Dave Johnson, he said.

“I didn’t have trouble,” said Wackerhagen. “There was one interesting moment where the in-coming and out-going trails were close together and there was somebody coming down the hill. My dogs decided it would be nicer to jump over and go up the hill the way that we came down.”

Claudia Wickert, who finished last in the first two races, moved all the way up to second. Cynthia Corriveau, the second place finisher in the season opener, slipped to third.

In the three-mile recreation class, Amil Dupuis-Rossi took first ahead of Virginia Sarrazin.

Alone in the three-mile kids’ division, Seth Carey came in at 15 minutes, 22 seconds. Carey finished second in the kids’ class at the Carbon Hill race and won it in 2011.

Sunday’s race took place on the property of Hans Gatt and Susan Rogan. Gatt, a four-time Yukon Quest winner, had arrived back from vacation two days before the race and rushed to prepare the trails in time. But the reviews were good.

[image2]

“Hans just put in the trail in the last day or two and he did an awesome job,” said Johnson. “There were a couple of soft spots, where your team slowed down a little bit, but most of it was really nice. He did an awesome job marking it. You could tell that he’s an old Quest and Iditarod musher by the marking. Everything was perfect.”

RESULTS

Skijoring

1st Stefan Wackerhagen – 48:14

2nd Claudia Wickert – 50:02

3rd Cynthia Corriveau – 51:33

4th Barb Anderson – 55:46

5th Susan Rogan – 56:12

6th Adam Robinson – 57:36

7th Gaetan Pierrard – 58:10

8th Sam Penner – 1:01:07

9th Amil Dupuis-Rossi – 1:04:32

Sled

1st David Johnson – 42:10

2nd Marie Elie – 43:17

3rd Charles Villeneuve – 44:45

4th Petra Bachhuber – 47:00

5th Armin Johnson – 47:25

6th Tony Radford – 48:40

7th Meagan Grabowsky – 53:01

7th Marine Gastard – 53:01

9th Katharina Atmanspacher – 59:38

10th Christel Bartczak – 1:02:03

11th Christina Reeves – 1:09:12

12th Rhonda Kotelko – 1:10:16

13th Nadine Kafka-Kotelko – 1:19:58

Kids

1st Seth Carey – 15:22

Recreational

1st Amil Dupuis-Rossi – 17:58

2nd Virginia Sarrazin – 19:34

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Children’s performer Claire Ness poses for a photo for the upcoming annual Pivot Festival. “Claire Ness Morning” will be a kid-friendly performance streamed on the morning of Jan. 30. (Photo courtesy Erik Pinkerton Photography)
Pivot Festival provides ‘delight and light’ to a pandemic January

The festival runs Jan. 20 to 30 with virtual and physically distant events

The Boulevard of Hope was launched by the Yukon T1D Support Network and will be lit up throughout January. It is aimed at raising awareness about Yukoners living with Type 1 diabetes. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Boulevard of Hope sheds light on Type 1 diabetes

Organizers hope to make it an annual event

City of Whitehorse city council meeting in Whitehorse on Oct. 5, 2020. An updated council procedures bylaw was proposed at Whitehorse city council’s Jan. 18 meeting that would see a few changes to council meetings and how council handles certain matters like civil emergencies. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse procedures bylaw comes forward

New measures proposed for how council could deal with emergencies

A Yukon survey querying transportation between communities has already seen hundreds of participants and is the latest review highlighting the territory’s gap in accessibility. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Multiple reports, survey decry lack of transportation between Yukon communities

A Community Travel survey is the latest in a slew of initiatives pointing to poor accessibility

Mobile vaccine team Team Balto practises vaccine clinic set-up and teardown at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Mobile vaccine teams are heading out this week to the communities in order to begin Moderna vaccinations. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Mobile vaccine teams begin community vaccinations

“It’s an all-of-government approach”

A file photo of grizzly bear along the highway outside Dawson City. Yukon conservation officers euthanized a grizzly bear Jan. 15 that was originally sighted near Braeburn. (Alistair Maitland/Yukon News file)
Male grizzly euthanized near Braeburn

Yukon conservation officers have euthanized a grizzly bear that was originally sighted… Continue reading

Mayor Dan Curtis listens to a councillor on the phone during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on April 14, 2020. Curtis announced Jan. 14 that he intends to seek nomination to be the Yukon Liberal candidate for Whitehorse Centre in the 2021 territorial election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse mayor seeking nomination for territorial election

Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis is preparing for a run in the upcoming… Continue reading

Gerard Redinger was charged under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> with failing to self-isolate and failing to transit through the Yukon in under 24 hours. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Man ticketed $1,150 at Wolf Creek campground for failing to self-isolate

Gerard Redinger signed a 24-hour transit declaration, ticketed 13 days later

Yukon Energy, Solvest Inc. and Chu Níikwän Development Corporation are calling on the city for a meeting to look at possibilities for separate tax rates or incentives for renewable energy projects. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tax changes sought for Whitehorse energy projects

Delegates call for separate property tax category for renewable energy projects

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

Most Read