On the Derby, you are on your own. All going well, you’ll be oblivious to the miracle of back-up and logistical support going on around you. Because this is all about having a real adventure, the emergency back-up won't be visible unless you need it, but should that change, here's a rundown of the support available to you.
As a rider you'll get a satellite tracking device and emergency beacon which shows us where you are at all times even if you haven't got a clue. The data from the trackers is monitored by Derby HQ so we can keep the emergency support vehicles in the right area. Should you find yourself in an emergency you press a button on the tracker and the nearest team will be sent to your aid.
The Derby has a sophisticated web of veterinary support. You'll carry a vet card that records the vigorous checks that the horses undergo before and after their ride. Any riders deemed not to be taking proper care of their horses will be penalised.
Since this is a very dangerous event the Mongol Derby does have a degree of medical back-up. From the Derby's inception to 2016, this has been provided by the marvellous people at Prometheus Medical. Their two mobile units are packed to the rafters with medical gubbins and supremely qualified medics who are ready to deal with all manner of mishap.