Ready to race

Gan­der’s Mark Tinkham set for fifth Cain’s Quest run

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RANDELL

With very lit­tle snow so far this win­ter, Mark Tinkham hasn’t logged too many kilo­me­tres on his Bom­bardier Freeride.

That’s about to change as the Gan­der res­i­dent makes his fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for Cain’s Quest 2018.

Billed as one of the most ex­treme win­ter en­durance races on the planet, Cain’s Quest is an es­ti­mated 3,200-kilo­me­tre snow­mo­bile trek through­out Labrador, set to get un­der­way on March 2.

Tinkham, along with sup­port team mem­ber Brent Bai­ley, will be mak­ing the Strait of Belle Isle cross­ing to Labrador on Feb. 10 for a scout­ing trip as a lead-up to the race.

“We’ll have plenty of time for rid­ing,” said Tinkham. “And it will al­low us to test the sleds, to make sure they’ll be ready for the race.”

This will mark Tinkham’s fifth Cain’s Quest ven­ture. He’ll be rid­ing with part­ner Jeff Crann from Lit­tle Bri­tain, Ont. as Team 09. It will be their sec­ond Cain’s Quest rid­ing to­gether.

Team 09 is prob­a­bly best re­mem­bered from Cain’s Quest 2016 for as­sist­ing a stranded teenager the two came across be­tween Nat­u­ashish and Hope­dale.

Tinkham said a tremen­dous amount of work has gone into pre­par­ing for this year’s race, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing snow­mo­biles, lin­ing up sup­port ser­vices, ship­ping fuel to the north coast of Labrador, and about 1,000 other de­tails that might seem mi­nor but are es­sen­tial for the largely iso­lated run, he said.

“We’re feel­ing good, we’re ready to go,” said Tinkham. “It’s one of those years where we are con­fi­dent with our rout­ing, and we have lots of con­nec­tions on the coast to help us out.

“We’ve ad­justed our plan from the pre­vi­ous race, and hope­fully it will help us shave some time for a strong fin­ish.”

ADAM RANDELL/THE BEA­CON

Gan­der’s Mark Tinkham is set to take on his fifth Cain’s Quest race in Labrador. The race is ap­prox­i­mately 3,200 kilo­me­tres.

ADAM RANDELL/THE BEA­CON

Team 09 – Mark Tinkham and Jeff Crann – cross the fin­ish line in Labrador City.

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