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Iditarod Trail Invitational biker Jill Homer pedals to Nome in record time

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 17, 2016

Iditarod Trail Invitational cyclist Jill Homer made it to Nome in record time, hitting the finish line Wednesday afternoon to trim nearly three hours off the previous women's record.

Homer, a former Alaskan who lives in Los Altos, California, made the 1,000-mile journey from Knik Lake to Nome in 17 days, 3 hours, 46 minutes.

She sliced 2 hours, 39 minutes off the 2014 record set by Ausilia Vistarini.

Homer reported on her Facebook page that she passed Iditarod musher Jason Mackey on the 22-mile final stretch from Safety to Nome.

"I started out early Wednesday morning, riding into the Topkok Hills under starry skies and a temp of -20," she wrote. "I got sweaty and frosty fighting my way over those steep rollers as the sun rose. Musher Jason Mackey passed me on the last big hill, and I found his ski pole on the descent into the coast. I grabbed it and thought, "I'm going to catch him."

"I pedaled as hard as I could through the infamous blowholes (not so bad on this bluebird day.) When I got to Safety, he had already left. So I sat down with some veterinarians, had a Pepsi, and continued onto the unplowed road, riding glare ice and petrified wind drifts … and beat Jason to Nome by 20 minutes!''

Homer was one of 16 racers — 11 bikers, five runners — and the only woman entered in the 1,000-mile race, billed as the world's longest winter ultra-race. Eight racers remain on the trail.

Phil Hofstetter of Nome was the overall winner. He finished in 11 days, 5 hours, 15 minutes to claim his second victory.

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