Leg 1 (19 km / 11.8 miles)
After a mass start, by category, the pack quickly spreads out as riders cross the Dezadeash River and begin the 4.0 km climb out of Haines Junction on the Haines Highway.
Teams can cheer their riders at the top of the hill at the 3.8 km pullout on the left side of the highway.
At 19 km, this section of the ride is the shortest leg of the race and ends at a World Heritage Site overlooking Kathleen Lake on the right.
Checkpoint 1 is very congested, there is no parking in the checkpoint area and all parking is on the left shoulder. Please pull completely off the road, use caution when opening vehicle doors, and do not leave doors open on the road-side.
Legs 1 riders on 8-person teams must enter and dip their timing sticks at Checkpoint 1.