Jess Douglas

Day 4 in Mongolia - Race day no.1

09 September 2013
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Day 4 – Finally I get to race the Mongolia Bike Challenge

For those who want to know, the facts on todays stage:
Stage 1- Sunday 1st September 2013
Start at the Chinggis Khan statue, 7:30am.
Distance 120km
Elevation Gained 2900mts

It was cold this morning, breakfast was bland sultana bran yet still I was eager to just get started and see what it would feel like to hurt, it feels like its been so long since I have suffered in a race...I mean really suffered. Maybe the last time was Terra Australis back in 2011 with Brad Davies?

24 hr racing hurts, thats a given, but the suffering is different, you are racing but its a lot less intense and feels more like a patient game of chess, even though you are sleep deprived there is comfort in knowing you get to see your support crew every lap and also find the spots on the trail for going easy and recovering too.

We started at 7:30am and straight up I was in the box. It was a mixture of elevation and cold. I have been living at 1500mts for the past 3.5 days and the race also starts at 1500mts and goes

Day 5 in Mongolia

09 September 2013
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Day 5 – Longer than yesterday, less climbing and Faster!
Mongolia Bike Challenge

The facts on todays stage:
Stage 2- Monday 2nd September 2013
Start at the Chinggis Khan statue, 7:30am.
Distance 126km
Elevation Gained 2240mts

Lots to do this morning, pack bags, get ready, eat breakfast, go to the toilet, brush teeth, prepare self for racing...all in about 1hr.
Am I sore from yesterday? Not noticeably, but time will tell once I am back on the bike.
We get our bags packed and loaded and I go up to the start line.

I forgot to mention that Norm is fully helping out with the media

Day 2 in Mongolia

08 September 2013
good morning UB

What did the morning bring?

Looking out the window to the landscape below my brain was trying to analyse some sort of system or code to the environment.

I've never travelled to a place like this, for those that have visited Vietnam or India would possibly not have been as confused as me.

A Russian vibe, with old USSR structure and regimented design, with a mild Asian undertone and then some Western influence but with a third world backdrop. No matter where I looked, the mixed palete of trends was there. So I just sort of accepted it. Its just

Day 3 In Mongolia - time to get to the race start!

08 September 2013
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Day 3 In Mongolia, Transport to Race Start – Chinggis Khan Statue

Last night in the hotel, we had the race briefing and got to casually find out about the other competitors and their companions if they brought them.
We also got told we need to bring ONE bag only per person – ouch!
With all of the extra bits and pieces we needed to bring plus our roll up mattresses and sleeping bags, nutrition, bottles, warm gear, cold gear, toiletries etc..it was a big task.
This morning we decided to go through our bags, turf out the non essentials and leave them

The Trip to Mongolia - 28th August 2013

29 August 2013
Roadie in the snow at Mt Buller

The trip to Mongolia has been long, not in time really, just in the journey.
This started last week as we prepared for a big chunk of time away.
I had to pack for 2 days riding my road bike and doing businesses at Mt Buller.
Then the massive task of working out what to bring for the Mongolia Bike Challenge.
And then what I would need for Townsville the very next day after my return. And then with a quick trip home off to Canberra and then after that a quick trip to Port Macquarie for more training...and then home for a few

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