The Mongolia Bike Challenge was an epic 9 day race which took us 1200 km across the rugged Mongolian landscape. Defending champion Marzio Deho from Italia was back this yr to defend his title. I suprised him on day 1 beating him by over 8 minutes and then managed to hold onto the leaders jersey for the next 6 stages which included winning two stages along the way. We raced through sand dunes, over mountains, through rivers and past herds of Camels and Yaks. The racing was unreal and during the nights we would camp out in the wilds of Mongolia, with a couple nights staying in traditional Gher huts. On our day off after stage 6 a bunch of locals came over to our camp and butchered a sheep in front of us and we let them spin around on our space bikes.

After the rest day we had 3 stages left to finish the race but disaster struck on stage 7 as a rash of bad luck had me fixing three flat tires, costing me 30 minutes and the race lead. In the end I came across 2nd overall. My 29’r King Kahuna was rock solid during the 40 hrs of racing with no repairs needed. It is the ticket to succes in these big races as the big wheels smooth out the rough terrain and can climb like a mtn goat.

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