Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Mongolia: World’s longest horse race comes to nail biting finish
Asiancorrespondent.co - Full Article
By Jo Lane Aug 23, 2011
The 1,000 kilometre long Mongol Derby of 2011 was won by just two minutes after a 10 day ride across the vast Mongolian steppe on semi-wild horses.
South African rider Craig Egberink claimed the victory even after losing all his kit and equipment just 48 hours into the event.
His victory over Chinese rider Sanbayier (a Mongolian name by all accounts) came just two kilometres before the finish line.
Craig Egberink, eventual winner of the Mongol Derby 2011 on the course. Image from www.theadventurists.com
At the penultimate horse station with just one stage and approximately 40 kilometres to go, four riders set out on the morning of Saturday 13th August to fight it out for the finish line.
Craig Egberink and the three riders from China, David Ha, Bayinmuenke and Sanbayier rode together until they were 12 kilometres from the finish. At that point Sanbayier “decided to make a race of it” according to Craig and when they were just 2 kilometres out there was still nothing separating them until a final tactical decision decided the outcome of the Derby.
As they approached the end a final hill lay between the two leader and victory. “He had some advice to go up the hill and I shot up over it and just beat him to the finish line” explains Craig.
After seven days, 8 riders withdrawing, extreme conditions and around 1000 kilometres of racing across the Mongolian wilderness, Craig won by just two minutes...
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