i’m so excited i think i might wet my pants.
Thursday today, i’ve a to-do list for my to-do list, i’ve that much stuff to plow through before i take off tomorrow to Singapore to take part in the National Champs there. i missed them last year due to a race somewhere but i won the road race in 2010 and the ITT in 2011, so i have some ‘previous’ on that strange, clean and very rich little rock.
my form though is a bit weird though, as i’ve been training for the Mongolia MTB Challenge (MBC), which will be held from the 30th of August til the 7th of September. this is, i feel, going to be the hardest thing i’ve ever done, with all stages except one over 100km, and one at 175km! and over 2000m of climbing!
as a result i’ve been doing longer rides without the usual pre-road race intensity stuff. will have to see how the legs go this weekend.
the one stage that is under 100 is a 40km ITT. even on a road bike this would be a big tour, but this is MTB. it will hurt. a lot.
all riders must carry a whistle, an aluminum sheet, a head torch and a mirror at all times. the last item is to be used not, i fear, to check the make up before the podium, but to signal rescue planes. awesome.
Mongolia has been on the bucket list for many years, after i saw a documentary about Genghis Kahn on the BBC when i was 14. it wasn;t in truth the history that grabbed me so much, fascinating though that is, but the landscape. it spoke of freedom and possibility to my young, feverish mind, and i knew i had to go.
but what a way to go. my first MTB race in 23 years. and my first month on an MTB in, erm, 23 years…
and so, here i go.
reports will be featuring in several magazines and websites after the race but if you need a crankpunk fix before then, there’ll also be a diary during the race on VeloNews.
wish me luck – i am going to need it, i reckon!
Semoga sukses Lee and PRE 9.5 for 40″ indoors. (My coaching for you!)
haha nice, will get on with it!
best of luck, lee!! this looks like a rockin good time! looking forward to the reports, photos an hopefuly some video. i’d also really like to hear about the logistics – the travel, weather, gear, transfers, food, etc. can’t wait to hear all aobut it!
thanks Alex! all will be posted!
one last question…. is the aluminum sheet to ward off some kind of non-bike related attack? possibly for protection in a hailstorm?!! have *got* to hear some stories about this!
in case you get lost for days in the wilds. that and for bartering, maybe?
I think it is a survival blanket that has a thin metallic coating for heat retentation
Very jealous! I only recently discovered this event online. WIll add it to my mid life crisis bucket list…
Those ancient russian 4x4s are the cutest things ever. They’re like a land rover crossed with a vw bus!