From the 11th to the 19th August 2017, motivated by the trip, the discovery of a country and a sports sport, I was among the 108 participants of the Mongolian Bike Challenge. With for MacBook a moleskine and a pencil, every day i wrote the sensations of my days to correct them lucid. Faithful and new readers, lover of great spaces and adventures, I propose a chronicle about MONGOLIA. I will come back day after day on the last week on the Mongolian Bike Challenge.
Before the departure of the Mongolia Bike Challenge
We land in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The reputation of the ugliest city in the world is visually striking at the landing. Concrete buildings in the Soviet style, mist of pollution floating above glass buildings and like slums, the Gers district line the periphery of the Capital. Despite this reputation, the horizon of the steppes is a call to adventure when you take the height.
Driving from the airport to the residence hotel of the runners, we unpack our bags our bicycles. Some are there for the second or third time. A solidarity and family atmosphere is established.
I have a first sympathy with Rodrigo Carozo and Mario Marito. Two Costa Ricans came with their friends to take part in this challenge. In the evening, I will meet Kia King, her mom and John Da Costa. Also coming as a friend, Jenny Kia’s mom participates for the second time at the Mongolia Bike Challenge and has accompanied her daughter to carry out this challenge. And what a Challenge is the first mountain bike race for Kia. And it will achieve exceptional performance. There is no doubt that it took a taste for adventure.
After the race number plates were distributed, race director Willy Mulonia proudly presented his team and an overview of the next steps. The crew members of Willy introduced us to the logistical and racing rules.
If our mobile connection was non-existent or poor, the Mongolia Bike Challenge team kept the news to the world via a satellite connection.
With Kia, Jenny and John, we have a last dinner at the Rosewood Restaurant. It is a popular restaurant in Ulaanbaatar.
My clothes are ready. Saturday, August 13, we will leave the comfortable bedding of our hotel for that our Ger Camp.
From the city to the steppes, the fracture will be open to an infinite potential of image and history to create.