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Fourth time's the charm

Team Maine's Andrew Milley, left, and Robert Gardner have a lot of celebrating to do after taking first place in Cain's Quest 2016.
Team Maine's Andrew Milley, left, and Robert Gardner have a lot of celebrating to do after taking first place in Cain's Quest 2016.

The fourth time’s the charm for Team Maine.

Cain’s Quest veterans Andrew Milley of Labrador City and Robert Gardner of Mercer, Maine, were the first to cross the finish line shortly after 9 a.m. this morning.

Milley was all smiles as he grabbed hold of his wife, Meagan, and son, Gracen, after a fight to the finish.
It wasn’t until they reached the culvert when they realized they were going to take first place.
“The boys behind us are fast,” Milley said. “We never made good time this morning, I was taking a real bad pounding out front and once someone goes through with the track in the snow you can follow it almost twice as fast, so I was expecting them to catch up to us. I wasn’t sure until we got here.”
Milley said he was feeling good, holding his shining trophy on Tanya Lake surrounded by cheers from the crowd – far better than when his team showed up in Nain.
“That was a hard day; we beat them all the way to Lake Melville which was misery, then (we were) dodging holes which was more of a mental thing because the river was really bad. Then we got back on the sea ice and beat it all the way to Nain.”
The hospitality of the locals brought the racers back to shape, he said.
“We were tired and beat when we got there, but we had a good rest in Nain. The people on the coast were amazing. They took good care of us, we had a rest, they dried our clothes and got us food. They got us into full race mode and we’re feeling good now.”

Cain’s Quest veterans Andrew Milley of Labrador City and Robert Gardner of Mercer, Maine, were the first to cross the finish line shortly after 9 a.m. this morning.

Milley was all smiles as he grabbed hold of his wife, Meagan, and son, Gracen, after a fight to the finish.
It wasn’t until they reached the culvert when they realized they were going to take first place.
“The boys behind us are fast,” Milley said. “We never made good time this morning, I was taking a real bad pounding out front and once someone goes through with the track in the snow you can follow it almost twice as fast, so I was expecting them to catch up to us. I wasn’t sure until we got here.”
Milley said he was feeling good, holding his shining trophy on Tanya Lake surrounded by cheers from the crowd – far better than when his team showed up in Nain.
“That was a hard day; we beat them all the way to Lake Melville which was misery, then (we were) dodging holes which was more of a mental thing because the river was really bad. Then we got back on the sea ice and beat it all the way to Nain.”
The hospitality of the locals brought the racers back to shape, he said.
“We were tired and beat when we got there, but we had a good rest in Nain. The people on the coast were amazing. They took good care of us, we had a rest, they dried our clothes and got us food. They got us into full race mode and we’re feeling good now.”

Robert Newton of Team Abel’s Revenge celebrates his third place victory with a bottle of bubbly.

Their past races together brought insight into how to approach this year’s race differently, such as slowing down to avoid breaking parts.
Milley admits he may not have taken his own advice.
“We had some problems. Shocks, suspension components. On the coast I broke off an engine mount, it went into my clutch and went around and around and chewed it up like a grinder. It’s been work.”
Milley and Gardner will share the $50,000 prize.
It was a neck and neck fight for second place, until Calgary’s Dion Wakefield and Warren Alsip of Team Where’s Bow Cycle flew over the hill and onto the lake, earning the $30,000 prize. Saskatchewan’s Joey Lukan and Robert Newton of Team Abel’s Revenge crossed only a few minutes later, taking the $20,000 third place prize.

Joey Lukan gets a surprise welcome from his wife who flew in from Saskatchewan to see his team take third place.

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