The Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013: An Epic

by crankpunk. this article was originally slated to appear in one of the leading MTB magazines but due to issues with images, it never saw the light of day. bit gutted about that. anyway, here it is.  all images by Erik Peterson. He was the last to arrive, bedraggled and leathered, haggard and weathered, skin … Continue reading The Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013: An Epic

the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 2

Ulan Baatar, Mongolia, my 4th day in the country, three days before race start... Proper Gonzo... ‘leave the apartment door locked,’ read the text from the owner in the morning. ‘we overbooked, I think an angry person will come today.’ 'huh', I thought. that is not good. in any case I was heading out to … Continue reading the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 2

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Days 3 & 4

ah, found em! MBC: Tales from the Knobbly Side, Part 2     Day 3: 53km, elevation unknown Rumors round the dinner tent of rain and dropping temperatures brought a sense of dread to the competitors of the 2013 Mongolia MTB Challenge, as ahead of us the next day lay 148km of slog through rivers … Continue reading Mongolia Bike Challenge: Days 3 & 4

Mongiolia Bike Challenge: Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 2

*day 3 & 4 seem to have escaped my computer, apologies...! straight to Stage 5 then... Day 5: 90km, 1,655m elevation The mornings! Man, they’re killing me, the alarm goes off and the eyes open in gluey slow-mo, stuck together with some kind of primordial substance that ekes itself out of your marrow, squeezed out … Continue reading Mongiolia Bike Challenge: Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 2

Mongolia Bike Challenge – Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 1

this race report was supposed to be on VeloNews.com but they seem to have forgotten about it, so here it is for your reading pleasure, or not, as the case may be. this is not the 2nd part of 'the skinny' - this is just the racing part stuff. cheers! _________________________________   Day 1: 120km, … Continue reading Mongolia Bike Challenge – Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 1

the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 1

it started with a chinese man feeling my penis and ended with a search for drugs through my luggage. in between there was illness, near-hypothermia, food poisoning, a few punches to the face and a death threat, zero romance and a whole lotta pain. what did i take from all this? that i am a … Continue reading the skinny on the Mongolia Bike Challenge, part 1

crankpunk is outta here, but catch me on VeloNews

yup, i shall be in the wilds of Mongolia with only intermittent internet connection from the 31st of august til the 8th of September. how awesome is that? seriously though, it will be a nice break. all i will have to concentrate on is this mammoth b***h of a race that is looking ahead of … Continue reading crankpunk is outta here, but catch me on VeloNews

Singapore National Champs & then MONGOLIA!

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 … Continue reading Singapore National Champs & then MONGOLIA!