Rider stranded without her horse; the first rider penalties issued; new injury reports received and a massive fight for the lead - day 2 of the Mongol Derby was a lively one. And very competitive; the lead changed hands a record six times in one day - the highest number of lead changes ever in such a short period.
Day 2 Headlines
-- A leading pack of six riders has emerged. They managed to ride an impressive 160km to reach the 7th horse station out of a total of 25.
-- A chasing pack of 8 riders made it to horse station 6.
-- The field is now spread over four horse stations that sit 40km apart so the leaders are 120km ahead of the tail enders after two days.
-- South African riders Barry Armitage and Joe Dawson first into horse station 7 at day’s end. They’re determined to win but have stiff competition.
-- Sonja Timani camped on the first night, but woke up to find her horse had already buggered off. Without her.
-- Three riders choose to camp out on the steppe at the end of day 2 between horse stations 5 & 6 and one has gone to a soum to stay with a local family
Bad start for Sonja Timani
The day didn’t get off to a good start for Sonja Timani. After the first day she was the only rider to camp out on the steppe instead of staying at one of the horse stations. Unfortunately her horse decided to leave early, and she woke up to find herself stranded.
She had to call for outside assistance and was carried forward to horse station 3, where her horse had already arrived. She will incur a 3 hour penalty which will be served at horse station 9. Any penalties picked up by riders before the 9th station will be served there. After a rough start Sonja was able to continue racing from horse station 3 onwards and had a successful day, making it to horse station 5.
Will Grant carries own saddle bags to protect horse
North American journalist Will Grant noticed his saddle bags had started to rub his horse, which could lead to discomfort. A highly experienced horseman, he spotted it quickly and decided to strap the saddlebags to himself until the next horse station to avoid any injury to his horse. Chief Vet Harry inspected the horse when it arrived and was very happy with its condition and Will’s decision to protect its welfare ahead of his own aim of sticking with the leading pack.
The episode cost Will around 40 minutes so he dropped off the pace and ended up finishing the day 40kms behind the leaders, but is still in contention with so far to go.
Another Day 1 injury reported
Erin Shanson has reported a heavy fall she sustained on the first day which has injured her knee. She called for help after the end of racing today and Prometheus medics Deb & Kate responded to the call.
Erin has been medically cleared to carry on racing but it’s clear that its causing some discomfort and is likely to have affected her pace and progress.
Losing GPS tracker delays Team Sweden
Christoffer Adriansson lost his tracker and it had to be collected by the race team while he waited at horse station 6.
His team mate Mathias could have ridden on but decided to wait for Christopher so both dropped back to the chasing pack. A technical penalty is given in this situation and was served while the riders waited for the missing tracker, but by that time it was too late to make any further progress.
Leaderboard - positions at the end of Day 2
Horse Station 7:
Barry Armitage, 45, South Africa
Joe Dawson, 35, South Africa
Dony Fahy, 25, Ireland
Richard Killoran, 25, Ireland
Julie Youngblood, 24, USA
Charlotte Treleaven, 24, UK
Staying in soum 3km short of Horse Station 7:
Michaela Gradinger, 39, Austria
Horse Station 6:
Campbell Costello, 24, Australia
Ben de Rivaz, 28, UK
Nicole Walter, 41, Germany
Wendy Chambers, 45, Australia
Christoffer Adriansson, 26, Sweden
Mathias Gardlund, 42, Sweden
Sam Wyborn, 25, New Zealand
Will Grant, 31, USA
Camping between horse stations 5 & 6:
Simon Pearce, 51, South Africa
Heather Mostert, 30(ish), South Africa
Craig Springbait, 51, South Africa
Horse Station 5:
Jess Pelaez, 29, USA
Erik Cooper, 27, USA
George Azarius, 26, Australia
Lucy Yorke, 25, UK
Jess Russell, 24, UK
Sonja Timani, 39, Austria
Alya Obaid, UAE
Eveline Gawne, 46, UK
Aimee Costello, 29, UK
Horse Station 4:
Ronald van der Velder, 51, Netherlands
Erin Shanson, 27, USA
Anne Schutman, 29, Germany
Katherine Friedland, 46, Canada
Ivo Marlo, Germany
Withdrawn due to injury on Day 1:
Paul de Rivaz