Race Information

Race Route

Live The Legend, Be a Khan.

The race track for the 2019 edition of the MONGOLIA BIKE CHALLENGE presented by SELLE SMP is currently under construction.

Race Organiser Willy Mulonia will travel to Mongolia in November to go on a scouting expedition. 
The race ventures into spectacular areas and we are planning something special for the 10th anniversary edition.
You will can follow him via daily videos he intends to post on our socials network.
Stay Tuned!

The 2019 MONGOLIA BIKE CHALLENGE presented by SELLE SMP: where the impossible becomes possible!


 

DISCOVER 2019 EDITION STAGE BY STAGE

Description:

Start immediately into rugged mountains and cross 4 small ridge parallel to each other and continue along the southern foothill of a larger xxx ridge for 30km. This stretch runs along the north side of Tuul river. The landscape is arid steppe with short grass growing on rocky and sandy soil. Then the course turns north into the Khustai mountain range and climbs following small ravines and stream beds for 13km before descending to a group of sand dunes just before the finish lines.

  • LEAVING ULN AT 8:30 AM WITH POLICE ESCORT (28KM)
  • OFFICIAL START FROM KHUI DOLOO KHUNDAG (72 KM)
  • WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP IN A GER CAMP.
  • BED AND "HOT SHOWER"
  • 3G COVERAGE

Overview

Departure: Leaving Ulaan Baatar Down Town at 8:30 am
Arrival: MOLTSOG ELS
Distance: 72Km
Daily Climb: 850m

Difficulty

Climb Awards: 1
Technical Challenge: Low
Physical Challenge: Medium-High

Race Timing

Start Time: 10:30 am
Max. Allowed Time: 6 H
Last Arrival Time: 4:30 pm

Description:

First half of today’s distance is on mountainous terrain with the race course (distinct car tracks) running on rugged slopes. The profile is marked with frequent ups and downs until reaching the day’s highest point at 57km. From there on it is a long descent. Mountain valleys and with small streams are dry beds eventually give way to a wide open grassland, the Tuul river valley. We cross a concrete bridge and pedal along the lush riverside to finish point.

  • WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP IN A GER CAMP.
  • BED AND "HOT SHOWER"
  • 3G COVERAGE

Overview

Departure: MOLTOSG ELS
Arrival: TUUL OVOOT
Distance: 108Km
Daily Climb: 1100m

Difficulty

Climb Awards: 3
Technical Challenge: Medium
Physical Challenge: High

Race Timing

Start Time: 8:30 am
Max. Allowed Time: 8 H
Last Arrival Time: 4:30 pm

Description:

Grasslands of Central Mongolia with 360 views of distant mountain ranges. A series of granite ranges with dramatic rock formations lie alongside the race course. Although arid the grassland is lush enough for hundreds and thousands of traditional livestock to subsist including horses, sheep, goats, camels and cattle of which you will see plenty. Their owners - curious nomadic herders who will come to wave you and their mushroom like houses will be a common sight today. The race course is smooth with packed soils prevailing. However, after completing 3/4 of the distance massive sand dunes will come into your sight and you will finish upon reaching them. Last few km will be sandy though.

  • TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP IN OUR CAMP.
  • DON'T FORGET YOUR WARM SLEEPING BAG AND MATTRESS
  • 3G COVERAGE

Overview

Departure: TUUL OVOOT
Arrival: ELSEN TASARKHAI
Distance: 118Km
Daily Climb: 1500m

Difficulty

Climb Awards: 2
Technical Challenge: High
Physical Challenge: High

Race Timing

Start Time: 8:30 am
Max. Allowed Time: 9 H
Last Arrival Time: 5:30 pm

Description:

We start the day with a 2 km trudge in real sand. Beyond that we race along the sand dunes for about 20km and enter gentle bare mountains and continue SW on smooth packed soils which can turn muddy in case of rain. We follow a few wide grassy valleys full of grazing livestock before reaching the day’s highest point from which there open views of the Gobi’s northern fringes. Just over 10 more km descent to an open plain brings us to a finish by a small salt lake.

  • WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP IN OUR OWN CAMP.
  • SLEEPING BAG + MATTRESS AND  COLD SHOWER
  • BAD 3G COVERAGE + POOR WI-FI

Overview

Departure: ELSEN TASARKHAI
Arrival: SANGIIN DALAI LAKE
Distance: 120Km
Daily Climb: 1220m

Difficulty

Climb Awards: 1
Technical Challenge: Medium-High
Physical Challenge: High

Race Timing

Start Time: 8:30 am
Max. Allowed Time: 9 H
Last Arrival Time: 5:30 pm

Description:

After 20km on flat ground we enter the eastern foothills of the Khangai, a massive mountain range that occupies the center of Mongolia with its highest point reaching 4008m above sea level. If you glance back from the day’s highest point at 2200m you will see distant shapes of the Gobi desert. The Khangai is picturesque. Our race course runs across bare slopes with scenic rock outcroppings, dramatic dome shaped mountains with their northern side covered in virgin woods, high passes and lush grassy valleys. You will ride along meadows full of grazing yaks and eventually arrive to finish line in the Orkhon river valley strewn with volcanic basalt. Overall road surfaces are on packed and smooth ground with some rocky sections close to mountain passes, loose gravel when near riversides and basalt fields that cross the track when in Orkhon valley.

  • WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP IN A GER CAMP.
  • BED AND "HOT SHOWER"
  • 3G COVERAGE

Overview

Departure: SANGIIN DALAI LAKE
Arrival: ORKHON RIVER
Distance: 116Km
Daily Climb: 1500m

Difficulty

Climb Awards: 3
Technical Challenge: High
Physical Challenge: Very High

Race Timing

Start Time: 08:30 am
Max. Allowed Time: 8 H
Last Arrival Time: 4:30 pm

Description:

The whole day can be called a ridge ride day. Soon after starting on the flat along the Orkhon river we ascend the ridge that runs along its southern side. The ridgeline crosses high grassy plateaus that provide a bird-eye views the Orkhon river. All the way till reaching the finish line we stay high on the ridge and finally enjoy the view of a vast open plain where the capital of the Mongol Empire once stood. The riding surface today is on packed ground with some short rocky sections when riding by riversides in the beginning.

This evening is our reward banquet. We will crown our Champions and award the Official Finishers with the Mongolia Bike Challenge.

  • WE ARE GOING TO SLEEP IN A GER CAMP.
  • BED AND COLD SHOWER
  • 3G COVERAGE + WI-FI

Overview

Departure: ORKHON RIVER
Arrival: KHARKORIN
Distance: 64Km
Daily Climb: 1400m

Difficulty

Climb Awards: 3
Technical Challenge: Medium-High
Physical Challenge: Very High

Race Timing

Start Time: 9:30 am
Max. Allowed Time: 6 H
Last Arrival Time: 1:30 pm

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