Kona Endurance team rider Cory Wallace, is taking part in the current edition of the Titan Desert by GARMIN, which is happening in Morocco right now through to May 2nd, it is considered by many to be the world’s toughest MTB stage race.
After competing, and successfully picking up wins and triumphs in some of the world’s most important MTB stage races such as the Mongolia Bike Challenge, the Crocodile Trophy and the Rocky Trail 4-hour Grand Prix of Australia, Cory Wallace is now taking part in the Titan Desert by GARMIN and aims to achieve a strong position in the overall classifications.
“I expect Titan Desert by Garmin to be a very challenging race and at the same time a great adventure through one of the Worlds special places. Morocco has always interested me with its cultural diversity, history and geographical features”, said Wallace about his expectations for the race.
Raw video footage from day 1 of the Titan Desert by Garmin
“It will be rad to experience both the high Atlas Mountains and the great deserts all in one race. I’m also looking forward to trying the local cuisine and meeting the other racers”, added the 29 year old cyclist who lives in the Canadian city of Victoria.
Cory Wallace didn’t hide his excitement and respect when it came to speaking about a certain aspect of this race, known as the “the Dakar of the bikes”. “I hear the camps are well set up in Titan Desert as the organizing teams have things dialled after years of experience. The Marathon stage intrigues me as it will likely play a large part in the overall outcome of the race. It’s a fine balance of being comfortable at night, yet not packing too much so your weighed down on the bike and not able to stay with the leaders.
Raw video footage from day 2 of the Titan Desert by Garmin
It’s not the first time Wallace has faced a stage race. He has won the Mongolia Bike Challenge on three occasions and the Titan Desert appears to offer up some similar conditions: “Both involve long hard days on the bike, camping, and unforeseen adventures. They both look to be tactical with roadie moves playing a part in the outcome. Having won the Mongolia Bike Challenge 3 straight years I plan on drawing from my successes there to put me into contention at the Titan Desert.
Things got off to a good start for Cory finishing in the top five after the first day “I managed to finish 4th in the opening mountain stage. It’s a tough field with over 600 riders. I dropped Oscar Perrerio on the last climb. Unfortunately I dislocated my shoulder right after the stage, the doctors put it back in and taped it up for the second stage. It was sore but I hung in there with the main group.”
The dislocated shoulder obviously played a big role in the second stage for Cory with a 20th place finish, this sees him currently sitting in 6th place overall.
You can follow the live results here.