June 16, 2011 |

Bike relay hosts record numbers

Record number of teams set for Kluane Chilkat Bike Relay this weekend

A record number of 275 teams – nearly 1,200 riders – is expected to participate in the Kluane Chilkat Bike Relay on Saturday. A record number of solo and two-person teams is also registered, according to organizers.

Conditions on the 245-kilometer route between Haines Junction, Y.T. and Haines are favoring a smooth race and mild weather.

"Everybody says the road is dry," said local organizer Judy Ewald. "No construction we know of."

The National Weather Service is forecasting cloudy skies and a high of 66 degrees on Saturday.

Haines Highway will be closed to all vehicles between 8-10 a.m. ADT. Northbound traffic will be stopped at the Kathleen River at 8 a.m. and southbound traffic will be stopped in Haines Junction at 8:15 a.m. The highway will reopen for southbound traffic at 9:30 a.m., and for northbound traffic at 10 a.m.