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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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Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 1

Wallace and Williamson take Stage One of the
GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea

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Stage One of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was a 120 kilometers loop from the Genghis Khan Statue in Tuv Province with 3,000 meters of climbing. The heat of the Mongolian sun combined with the seemingly endless short steep climbing sections challenged the pros and age-groupers alike. Continue Reading →

2013 Mongolia Bike Challenge Preview

2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea – Official Race Preview

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Deep International Field to Descend on Mongolia this September to Battle for the Pink Jersey

By Team MBC
August 19, 2013

The 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea has attracted a deep field of endurance mountain bike racers from 23 countries to compete in the fourth edition this September 1st to 7th in Mongolia.

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Jason Sager’s Sudety MTB Challenge: Stages 3 – 5

Today Jason Sager of Team Jamis shares the rest of his experiences from the Sudety MTB Challenge. You can see Jason’s previous posts [HERE] and [HERE].

Searching in gutters and along side the curbs of the bus depot here in Prague at 10pm, I felt like, and probably looked like, a junkie hunting for his latest or lost fix. And…in some ways, I was. Only my fix was an iPhone that was lost earlier that morning somewhere between taking a photo and a misaligned insertion into my back pocket while out on a ride.

I like to tell race stories around photos. Words paint pictures when you possess a deft hand with words, but failing that talent, I rely on photos as much as anything to simply jar my memory as much as share the experiences of a journey. We’re going photo free on this one, for the most part.

Stage 3 – The MTB Day

Natural whoops of loamy soil, filled with perpendicular roots and endless open canopy forests summarized today’s stage.

Racing from Stronie Śląskie to Złoty Stok, we took what amounts to a trail that is THE EXACT BORDER between Poland and the Czech Republic. When I say the exact border, I mean the trails traces the exact border line along the ridge tops of mountains and hills between Poland and Czech Republic, eventually dropping us into the old gold mining town of Złoty Stok. A trail 18″ wide and 20 miles long, filled with the roots of millions upon millions of bushes and trees, this stage was equal parts pleasure and pain. Slow loamy soil and horrendous climbing pitches required full muscular effort to keep from grinding to a stand still…but the rewards on the back side of the shark’s tooth stage profile provided constant smiles. Drago Smash stretched the elastic several times, from which I could rebound back to his inferno on the downhills, but each time it was a matter of when, not if, I would get put back into my place, which was 2nd for the stage, once again.

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In action on Stage 3. Photo: mtbchallenge.com

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TransRockies: Stage 7

The final day of the 2013 TransRockies Challenge opened under  cloudy skies after a heavy rain overnight.Stage 7, the 84th overall in the history of the TransRockies Challenge, began in Deadman’s Flats in a time trial format.  The route would lead the riders 37km to the finish on Main Street in Canmore.  Using the average finishing time for stages 4 and 5 to seed the athletes, the staggered start sent riders off at 20 second intervals with TR7 Men’s Open rider, Calle Friberg, starting things off.

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