Overall, the team cycled the 12.3 kilometre track 31 times, just one loop more than the second place team. “We snuck in one last lap there at the very end that put us ahead,” explains Gary Hilderman, one of the riders. “It was a close race.” During those 24 hours, Hilderman, Stephen Ferris, Jay Morrison and Denny Morrison took turn riding one or two laps, without any sleep. Hilderman said at times it was tough, but their bodies gave them that extra push when they needed it.- Advertisement – “The whole time you’re awake, so your adrenaline kicks in and that helps. There was definitely a few times in the morning that everybody was very tired, and it was a little hard, but you’re all excited so your adrenaline kicks in.” The team was put together by Hilderman, who has participated in a few 24 hour relays before but never been far north. The relay is considered more of a festival than a competitive race, as participants get to experience the “Midnight Sun” of the Yukon.That means there are no artificial lights, as it stays light enough all night for riders to see.Advertisement Along with being an entertaining race, Hilderman says it’s also been a fun road trip with a good group of guys. They’re taking today to rest, and will make their way back to the Energetic City on Wednesday.
Delhi’s notorious smog did not halt play as it did on Sunday but Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews said the air remained as bad as his team battled for survival against India in the final Test on Monday.The second day’s play was stopped twice on Sunday as Sri Lanka fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage walked off the field after the seasonal haze blanketed the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the Indian capital.Several players wore facemasks and coach Nic Pothas said two of them vomited in the dressing-room.Nothing of that sort, however, was reported on Monday as centuries by Mathews and skipper Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka to 356 for nine, their highest score in the series, when bad light stopped play.”It was pretty much the same as yesterday, I’d say. Or even a bit worse, I’m not really sure,” Mathews told reporters.”… but look, we got to deal with what we have for the next two days,” said the former captain, who ended his two-year century drought with a chancy 111.Delhi’s government last month ordered schools to shut temporarily after pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index that measures poisonous particles.Asked if the International Cricket Council should come out with clear guidelines for such cases, Mathews said: “It’s up to the match referee to talk to the ICC. This was one of those unique occasions, we never had this kind of issues.”There is match referee, there are two umpires and I’m sure they’d sit and talk to ICC.”advertisementMathews dismissed suggestions that the episode has created bad blood between the sides.”Not at all. As I said, it was one of those unique occasions, where no one knew what to do. It didn’t hamper the relation of the players at all,” he said.”We play hard on the field, and off the field we are great friends.”India bowling coach Bharat Arun said on Sunday that the match was “unnecessarily” halted, pointing to Virat Kohli’s seven-and-half-hour innings of 243 during which the India captain did not feel uncomfortable.Despite his 181-run fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal saving Sri Lanka from the follow-on, Mathews wasn’t happy after the tourists lost quick wickets to end the day.Mathews stroked a marathon 268-ball 111, comprising 14 boundaries and two sixes to rescue the visitors after they lost three quick wickets on Sunday afternoon.The visitors, however failed to wrest back the advantage once Ravichandran Ashwin broke the big fourth wicket stand with the scalp of Mathews,and subsequently lost five quick wickets towards the end of the day.”Little bit disappointed the way we ended up. We could have had a few more wickets in hand, specially going in to Tuesday,” Mathews told reporters at the end of the day’s play on Monday.”It was a good wicket, yes there was the odd ball taking turn but no real danger. Obviously it will start turning a little more as we go into the fourth and fifth days.”They (India) kept at it and we had to work extremely hard to get the runs. We made the bowlers work very hard,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)