2017 was the eighth edition of the Mongolia Bike Challenge which has now established itself as a ‘bucket list’ race for international mountain bike stage racers. What makes this race so epic? And why do athletes travel from far and wide to compete in such an obscure and remote part of the world? Having completed […]
Mongolia Bike Challenge stages 5 and 6: Legends crowned!
With an incessant, pounding rain in the Nomad ger camp in Mongolia the night before stage 5 much of the bunch were feeling apprehensive about this shorter but very difficult stage. The rain added an extra element of stress to what was already shaping up to be a brutal and decisive stage in this years […]
Mongolia Bike Challenge stages 3 & 4. Into the Wilderness!
Stages 3 and 4 of Mongolia Bike Challenge 2017 have now been run and won. With plenty of drama taking place over the past 2 days we now have a change in leadership for both the women’s and the men’s category. I last wrote reporting on the ‘queen stage’ of this year’s race, however now […]
Mongolia Bike Challenge Stage 2 – Steppe Suffering
Stage 2 of the Mongolia Bike Challenge for 2017 was dubbed the ‘Queen stage’ for this year’s edition. Indicating that it is regarded as the most difficult of the race. Upon conversation with riders everyone fully agrees that they hope dearly there is no stage more difficult than today! Day two in Mongolia Many broken […]
Mongolia Bike Challenge Stage 1- Report. Out of Ulan Bator
After a preparation day in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator riders for the 2017 Mongolia Bike Challenge were today greeted with the first day of racing in this 6 day stage race across the Mongolian steppe. This year marks the 8th running of the MBC and race director Willy Mulonia states this is shaping up […]
Preparing for the Mongolia Bike Challenge
With less than 3 weeks to go until the beginning of the 2017 Mongolia Bike Challenge the 108 riders who have signed up will be starting to think seriously about how they have or have not prepared for this race. The profile for this year’s edition has taken on a different look to years past […]
Why Race The Mongolia Bike Challenge?
Next month will mark the 7th occurrence of what is fast becoming a cornerstone of the international marathon mountain bike stage race calendar. The Mongolia Bike Challenge was first held in 2010 and spanned 10 days and over 1400km and was won by Italian’s Marzio Deho and Allania Vassechi. The race has since been shortened to […]
Pettinà Seals Mongolia Win With Final Stage Victory
Nicholas Pettinà sealed an emphatic victory in the 2015 Mongolia Bike Challenge Nicholas Pettinà with a fourth stage win on the final day of the race. The result avenged his narrow defeat to Cory Wallace in last year’s edition of the race. For the second year in a row, Pettinà claimed the opening stage and […]
Tales from Mongolia: Stage Five
Stage 5 fell after the Queen Stage, but riders weren’t given an easy cruise, with another almost 170km route planned. Under another brilliant blue sky, the riders embarked on another epic day at the 2015 Mongolia Bike Challenge. With 168km to ride, today’s stage was just 7km shorter than yesterday’s Queen Stage, making for another challenging […]
Tales from Mongolia: Stage Four – The Queen Stage
Every stage race has a stage that glares at you from the race handbook. Big distances, big kilometres – a long and hard day on the bike. While the 2015 Mongolia Bike Challenge has no easy days, Stage Four was certainlt the Queen Stage, with 175km and 2450m of climbing. Starting off from their overnight Stage […]