By Leigh Armstrong
Drivers will experience delays on the Haines Highway during the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay on Saturday, June 15. No south-bound traffic will be allowed from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, where the race will start, between 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Pacific time.
In addition, traffic will be limited to a single lane along the road to Kathleen Lake lookout and the St. Elias Trail during parts of the day.
Riders will be on the highway from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Alaska time.
It’s the 26th year for the bike relay that starts just before the Dezadeash River and finishes at Fort Seward parade grounds in Haines, more than 148 miles away.
The course is split into eight legs, ranging from 11 to 25 miles. Contestants can choose to ride with a team of four, six or eight members, or ride the course solo.
Over 1,200 people have signed up to ride in the race this year, split between teams and solo riders.