Thursday, August 04, 2016
2016 Mongol Derby: Day 1
Richard Dunwoody photo
The Mongol Derby is live. Forty-one riders made it to the start-camp and the Race has whittled their number to forty.
At the close of Day 1, the early race leaders are Heidi Telstad and William Comiskey. She's a lawyer from Canada, he's a cattle herder from Queensland. They are perhaps not the most obvious team in the group. It remains to be seen if they will still be riding together when dawn breaks.
August 4, 2016 Mongol Derby
At the close of day 1, we've got a record number of campers. Of the six riders who came first into Urtuu 3, five went out again to try in the hopes of getting a head start in the morning. Only Hanna Backstom decided to stay put: warm dry and catered for. She will likely get a better nights rest, but she'll be competing with the stragglers who joined her at U3 before the course closed. Meanwhile, the five riders who chose the open steppe will be camping in the rain. Will the risk pay off and, perhaps more pressingly, will their horses still be there? The morning saw the first retiree from Loden Burton.
From the front then, here's the Day 1 Leaderboard:
Between U3 and U4
At or Near U3
Anna De Jonquieres
Between U2 and U3
Camille Champagne Bargenquas
Urbain Tego Tagne
Between U1 and U2
Get the full Day 1 Leaderboard here.
All the riders are being tracked live. For all the ways to follow them, head to the Live Tracking Dashboard.