Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 5

September 5, 2013 (Mongolia) – The sun came out for Stage Five of the Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea. It was a 96 kilometre loop with 1400 metres of climbing from the Berkh Mountains along the Kherlen River. The stage began with a GPM at the 30 kilometre marker and another climb to follow soon after at the 52 kilometre marker.

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Soon after the second climb a course marking issue caused the lead riders to go off course. Times were recorded for the men’s leaders at this point. Wallace (Kona) came first followed by Frendo (Oyu Tolgoi) and Sager (Jamis). The top three in the GC remains Wallace, Ortiz then Frendo.

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Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 4

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September 4, 2013 (Mongolia) – Stage Four of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea began from the camp at 2000 meters in the Khan Khentii Mountains and ended in the Berkh Mountain along the Kherlen River. The track conditions were dry and fast and a tail wind followed the racers most of the day. Welcome conditions from the wet, muddy condition of the Stage 3. The race organizers choose to abbreviate the stage from the original 175 kilometres to 95 kilometres due to the logistical challenges the athletes were required to endure during the transfer in the afternoon of Stage Three which was cancelled after the 40 kilometre mark due to high river levels. Continue Reading →

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 3

Heavy Overnight Rains Cause Havoc In Mongolia!

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September 3, 2013 (Mongolia) – Stage Three of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was suspended at the 40 kilometre mark due to heavy overnight rains which made one of the larger rivers impassable. Athletes were transferred to the Stage Three camp after spending some time visiting local nomad families. Results will be updated as soon as possible and Stage Four is planned to proceed tomorrow. It’s always an adventure in Mongolia!!

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Photos by Erik Peterson and Christen Dybenko.

 

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 2

Genghis Khan Statue Complex – Jalman Camp
126 kilometres, 2440 metres climbing

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September 2 (Mongolia) – Stage Two took the racers of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea 126 kilometres through an increasingly remote area of Mongolia with 2440 metres of climbing. The route followed the Tuul River, traversing the majestic forests of the Zamt Hills and ended at Jalman Camp.

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Grand Junction Off-Road: Day 3

Young Blood Infuses The Inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road

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Young Cyclists Make a Huge Impression on the Future of Mountain Biking

 (Grand Junction, CO) September 1, 2013 –

Grand Junction’s Main Street was abuzz early Sunday morning with talk of the 41 pro riders, 18 women and 23 men, that were about to battle it out for the $20,000 cash purse. The inaugural event posed an uncharted challenge for the pro riders. Welcomed cloud cover kept the morning cool as riders pushed their limits across the challenging 40 Grand course. The field was close with Ben Sonntag (Cannondale, Shimano, American Interbanc) and Sepp Kuss (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Specialized, SRAM) leading the pack for a large portion and battling it out for most of the event, while Pua Mata (Cannondale, Sho-Air), Chloe Woodruff (Crank Brothers, Scott, Momentum Endurance), and Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes, Trek, Clif) went neck-in-neck for the Women’s Endurance XC win. In the end Ben Sonntag came roaring across the finish line in just over 3 hours with 18 year old Sepp Kuss hot on his heels just over a minute later. Pua Mata was able to pull away and take the win for the Women’s category with a finishing time of 3 hours and 36 minutes and Erin Huck hightailing it in for second place with a time of 3 hours and 45 minutes. Continue Reading →