Mongol Derby RACE REPORT: Day 2 – Monday 5th August

After a relatively quiet day 1, day 2 of the Mongol Derby is back to its spicy self. Following the extreme heat of day 1, day 2 was cold, wet and windy. A perfect test for the riders we think. We caught up with Derby chief Katy for her run-down on the day’s activity.

Ivo Marloh and his mount leave horse station 3, 5th Aug 2013

Ivo Marloh and his mount leave horse station 3, 5th Aug 2013

Headlines

  • Top 6 riders are all ladies 70km ahead of the main pack
  • Devan Horne’s lead diminshes through the afternoon
  • First retirement German rider Matthias Lochthofen
  • Tom Burk soldiers on with his pre-race injuries
  • First penalties metered out for late riding

Devan Horne started the day well looking to improve on her phenomenal first day lead. She kept an Urtuu’s length ahead of Claire Twemlow and Chloe Phillip-Harris. As she passed through Urtuu 5 vet Pete remarked upon how indefatigable she was, polite and chipper as she sped through an excellent changeover.

Devan Horn beds down in a ger at horse station 3, 4th August 2013

Devan Horn beds down in a ger at horse station 3, 4th August 2013

She held her pace on the tricky section between Urtuus 3 & 4 where the course dog-legs through a river crossing, despite the tough going she maintained and possibly extended her lead where other riders have lost time, it was only later in the afternoon she lost advantage when she navigated too far west, possibly to find flatter, drier ground when she should have followed the valley.

Following Devan we have Claire and Chloe; who were not just riding brilliantly and choosing their horses wisely, but also not wasting a moment of time and navigating exceptionally well. They bedded down for the night about 25k clear of Urtuu 5.

Lara Prior-Palmer, Kirstin Melis and Georgina Johnston have also stopped for the night, sibling loyalty has not kept Georgina from cracking ahead of brother James. Their reward for a good days ride was a comfortable night in a Ger at Urtuu 5 out of the cold wind and rain. A small group ended the day between Urtuus 4 & 5, a group who seem to be riding happily relaying regular ‘ok’ messages back to Derby HQ.

There is a good concentration of riders who have stopped the night at the Gers of Urtuu 4, first of which in were Monde and Ivo who took a challenging route which they rode well. Behind them were Lynne and Sandra, who have ridden less competitively than predicted and Alex and Dylan who were not riding with the speed of yesterday. In the same group is Thomas Burke who is battling on with his wrestling injury.

At the back of the group comes Shelly Tamara and Paddy who rode into the horse station late enough to pick up a 3hr time penalty, seemingly Tamara was eager to sleep somewhere warm after a night under the stars on Sunday. We  have Urtuus 9 & 20 as penalty points, by which time it’s likely they wont be the only ones to be held back.

Our first retirement is Mattias Lochthofen who has been suffering with some sort of gastric bug since before the launch. He passed out on the day of the launch and his condition has not improved since, his ailments combined with the inclemental weather proved too much and he pressed his SOS when he was too weak to remount his horse. His riding partner Paddy who was waiting exposed in the elements with him was given the all clear by the medics but Mattias was declared unfit to ride and was taken back to Ulaanbaatar to recover.

Photo highlights from day 2

A local herder helps in a different way at the vet check on Day 2, 5th Aug 2013

A local herder helps in a different way at the vet check on Day 2, 5th Aug 2013

Chloe Phillips-Harris and Clare Twemlow ride into horse station 3 on Day 2, 5th Aug 2013

Chloe Phillips-Harris and Clare Twemlow ride into horse station 3 on Day 2, 5th Aug 2013

Babara Thielman checks horses on a wet Day 2 morning at horse station 3, 5th Aug 2013

Babara Thielman checks horses on a wet Day 2 morning at horse station 3, 5th Aug 2013

Anthony Ward-Thomas leads a string of riders into horse station 3, 5th Aug 2013. They are riding past a huge line of sand dunes which run for 200km through central Mongolia

Anthony Ward-Thomas leads a string of riders into horse station 3, 5th Aug 2013. They are riding past a huge line of sand dunes which run for 200km through central Mongolia

Kirsten Melis and Georgina Johnston ride into horse station 3 on Day 2, 5th Aug 2013

Kirsten Melis and Georgina Johnston ride into horse station 3 on Day 2, 5th Aug 2013