Speights, Vietnam and Iditarod

richard usher, adventure racer extraordinaire, just won the prestigious one day speights coast to coast race across the south island of new zealand (the birthplace of multisport racing). not sure why he didn’t do the two day race being that he’s a long distance athlete. maybe the one day is “the one to win” for solo athletes. this is a race i plan to do some day… just need to save some funds $$$. also i wish the bike portions was mtn biking.. singletrack is cooler than road and aero bars.
live website with videos, and official website.

The Speight’s Coast to Coast traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either two days (individuals or two person teams) or the one-day event (individuals only), competitors cycle 140 kms (three stages of 55km, 15 km and 70 km), run 36 km (including a 33 km mountain stage that crosses the Southern Alps) and kayak 67kms of the grade two Waimakariri River through the Grand Canyon of New Zealand, the Waimakariri Gorge.”

my friend michelle maislen just took second place in racing the planets: vietnam 2008 race. 250km from hanoi to sapa. huge congrats michelle! she was selected to blog on the race blog, and here is her personal blog.

RacingThePlanet: Vietnam 2008 will take place in far northwest Vietnam, covering 250 kilometers of some of the most remote and untouched terrain in Vietnam. RacingThePlanet: Vietnam 2008 will begin in Si Ma Cai and end six days later in the Sapa.

the iditarod trail invitational is happening as i type this. it’s the “the worlds longest human powered winter race”. nuun athlete geoff roes is winning the running division and his girlfriend jill homer is winning the female bike division. you can chose to race 350 or the entire 1,100 miles! i used to think i wanted to do this race. but after getting frostbite.. it’s not likely. i’ve been following both jill and geoff’s blogs as they have prepared for the race, it’s exciting to see them doing so well!