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If We'd Known Jill Homer Would Be This Fast . . .

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Puntilla Lake weather, 2.26.08: High of 20, low of 3

As I write these words, snow cyclist Jill Homer is probably pedaling her way through some nameless portion of the Alaska interior. Homer's riding the 350-mile version of the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The latest news from the race has her pulling into the Puntilla checkpoint (mile 165) still in the women's biking lead. She got there at 3:45 this morning and left again at 8:55. (Thanks for the update, @buttermilk1)

And then there's her boyfriend, Geoff Roes, who's running the race. He's ahead of the foot pack, checking in at Fingerlake (mile 130) last night at 11:56. No word on when he left out again.

Another interesting note: Champion cyclist Peter Basinger broke a pedal and had to wait for a new one on the next mail plane. He then caught up to the pack at Puntilla, pulling in at 9:40 p.m. — 1:35 later than the leader. Basinger and the leader, Jay Petervary left again at 1:05 a.m., a half hour after another pair. A few years back, Basinger reportedly decided to stick with a racer he thought was in trouble on the course, settling for a share of first place to help another person. Don't know about you, but I'm so with that.

Bonus: Flickr photos