UPDATE: Cain's Quest teams given time credit after protest

Derek Montague
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Cain's Quest says two teams given wrong information about trail

Mark Simms of Team Goose Bay (team 5) gets ready to check in at the North West River checkpoint. His teammate George Rodgers claims that some competitors used a trail that was off-limits to team 5 and team 99.

An official protest during Cain’s Quest has resulted in time credits being given to two teams.

Team Goose Bay (team 5) and The Great Ones (Team 99), both claim they were told not to take a trail on their way to the Cartwright checkpoint, on march 4, because it had just been recently groomed.

George Rodgers, the veteran rider on Team Goose Bay, claims that, after he noticed that the trail had been recently, and unexpectedly, groomed over, he called a Cain’s Quest representative.

“This trail is groomed now. We said ‘can we use this trail?’” said Rodgers.

“’No, absolutely not. It cannot be used,’ was their response.”

On March 5, Cain’s Quest officials admitted that the two teams were given false information, and would be given credits of 67 minutes and 57 minutes.

“Teams 5 and 99 were given incorrect information, which caused both teams to take an alternate route, delaying their arrival into checkpoint #8,” reads the Facebook status. “Team 5 will be given a time credit of 67 min and team 99 will be given a time credit of 57 min. This will be credited at a north coast layover checkpoint of their choosing.”

Since they were under the impression that the smooth trail was off -limits, Rodgers and his teammate Mark Simms took a trail that led to a hilly area. The Great Ones followed them in, where both teams claim to have spent at least three hours trying to get out.

According to Rodgers and Sebastian Rich of Team 99, the two squads worked together to get out of the hills and back on track.

The Great Ones had a length of strong rope, which they tied to a tree. Then, one by one, they lowered their snowmobiles down to the shore below, using the rope as a pulley.

The two teams arrived at the Cartwright checkpoint at 23:40 and 23:41. To their surprise, three teams, SnoXcapes.com (team 7), Strangemore-Dumaresque (team 17), and Watkins-Willmot (team 73) had arrived several minutes earlier.

“(I asked) how the Jesus did you get in here?” said Rodgers. “They said they used the trail.”

According to Rodgers, his team and Team 99 quickly filed a protest against the teams that used the trail.

Kirk Hastings of SnoXcapes.com, however, told The Labradorian that his team received permission to use the trail.

“I was in Cartwright a week and a half ago and spoke to the checkpoint supervisor down there and (received permission),” said Hastings.

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(Earlier story)

Controversy over a trail outside of Cartwright has caused a protest to be filed against several Cain’s Quest teams, at the checkpoint in Cartwright.

Team Goose Bay (team 5) and The Great Ones (Team 99), both claim they were told not to take a trail on their way to the Cartwright checkpoint because it had just been recently groomed.

George Rodgers, the veteran rider on Team Goose Bay, claims that, after he noticed that the trail had been recently, and unexpectedly, groomed over, he called a Cain’s Quest representative.

“This trail is groomed now. We said ‘can we use this trail?’” said Rodgers.

“’No, absolutely not. It cannot be used,’ was their response.”

Since they were under the impression that the smooth trail was off -limits, Rodgers and his teammate Mark Simms took a trail that led to a hilly area. The Great Ones followed them in, where both teams claim to have spent at least three hours trying to get out.

According to Rodgers and Sebastian Rich of Team 99, the two squads worked together to get out of the hills and back on track.

The Great Ones had a length of strong rope, which they tied to a tree. Then, one by one, they lowered their snowmobiles down to the shore below, using the rope as a pulley.

The two teams arrived at the Cartwright checkpoint at 23:40 and 23:41. To their surprise, three teams, SnoXcapes.com (team 7), Strangemore-Dumaresque (team 17), and Watkins-Willmot (team 73) had arrived several minutes earlier.

“(I asked) how the Jesus did you get in here?” said Rodgers. “They said they used the trail.”

According to Rodgers, his team and Team 99 quickly filed a protest against the teams that used the trail.

Kirk Hastings of SnoXcapes.com, however, told The Labradorian that his team received permission to use the trail.

“I was in Cartwright a week and a half ago and spoke to the checkpoint supervisor down there and (received permission),” said Hastings.

A Cain’s Quest representative told The Labradorian the there has been a ruling on the protest, but it will not be made public until the racers are notified in Postville.

“We’re going to be sending something out, but we’re waiting for the racers to be notified first,” said the representative.

Geographic location: Cartwright, Goose Bay, Postville

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