Final Stage 6: Rocky Trail Racing wins Team Classification at Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016

“After a chilly night spent under a star-filled sky of epic proportions, the competitors of the 2016 Mongolia Bike Challenge by Selle SMP awoke to glorious blue canopy above and a hearty breakfast. Today’s short but challenging stage presented the riders with a 25-km individual time trial with 500 m of climbing packed into two very short but punchy climbs.

 

Time Trial Stage 6: XIII Century to XIII Century

We are awaiting the official individual overall results online but can already confirm that

 

The Rocky Trail Racing team has won the 2016 Mongolia Challenge team classification!

 

Today’s time trial brought another team stage win and with a combined race time of 59:16:09 they are claiming the overall team classification victory of this year’s Mongolia Bike Challenge. We are so incredibly proud and happy about this result, well done boys!

The detailed team results of today look as follows:

  • #71 Martin Wisata, 6th M1 in 1:01:09, 15th overall
  • #47 Clayton Locke, 4th in M2 in 1:03:50, 20th overall
  • #14 Mick Klemens, 5th in M2 in 1:05:45, 26th overall

After 6 Stages, the overall classification is as follows:

  • #47 Clayton Locke, tbc
  • #71 Martin Wisata, tbc
  • #14 Michael Klemens, tbc

It looks like today had all the drama that comes with stage racing for the Khan racers: The overall leader, McElveen from the US came off course at today’s time trial and would have lost the race, “were it not for a very gentlemanly display of sportsmanship. That sportsmanship came from Nicholas Pettina who, in acknowledgement of the dominance of the American over the previous five stages of the race, honorably informed the race referee that he wished for McElveen to be recognized as the overall winner of the general classification of the 2016 edition of the Mongolia Bike Challenge by Selle SMP.” What an absolute gentleman Pettina is and now doubt he will be celebrated as such at tonight’s banquet dinner at XIII Century.

Full stage 6 and overall coverage can be found on the event website – we’ll be posting podium photos and a full race report asap along with statements from our team.

 

Elevation profile Stage 6:

Stage 6: time trial - 25km and 489m elevation.

Stage 6: time trial – 25km and 489m elevation.

 

Photos courtesy of Mongolia Bike Challenge

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Congratulations to the entire organisational team of the 2016 Mongolia Bike Challenge by Selle SMP – it was an absolute pleasure to follow your reports.

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Stage 5: Rocky Trail Racing leads team classification in MBC

“Stage 5 of the 2016 Mongolia Bike Challenge by Selle SMP saw the riders take on the last big stage of the race before the final time trial of Stage 6. The participants faced 88km with 1400m of elevation two KOMs, with a long flat section for the first 60% of the route, before the final leg which included several rolling hills.”

Stage 5: Steppe Nomad Ger Camp to XIII Century National Park

The big news of today is that the Rocky Trail Racing team has taken over the lead in the overall team classification with a combined race time of 57:11:10 and a good 1.5hr gap to second ahead of the last stage tomorrow! We don’t have detailed reports as yet, but got the news from the MBC online results this morning. It seems as though Team Japan fell out of the team classification with one of their riders having a “DNF – did not finish” status in the overall results.

It seems the team raced together for most of the day, with Clayton “Diesel Engine” Locke, coming into the finish a couple of minutes ahead of Martin and Mick, who arrived together. Our boys are properly rocking the MBC team leader jerseys on the podium – well done!

Photo courtesy of MBC.

Photo courtesy of MBC.

 

The pictures coming through once again are stunning and a huge thank you ahead of tomorrow’s last stage already to the organising and media team of the Mongolia Bike Challenge by Selle SMP. We can’t wait to hear all the stories and publish our final race report once the team has returned home with unforgettable experiences and lasting memories, no doubt.

The individual results after Stage 5 are:

  • #47 Clayton Locke, 5th in M2 in 4:37:26, 16th overall
  • #71 Martin Wisata, 6th M1 in 4:43:46, 19th overall
  • #14 Mick Klemens, 6th in M2 in 4:43:52, 20th overall

After 5 Stages, the overall classification is as follows:

  • #47 Clayton Locke, still 14th overall in 28:34:13 (+5:19:29)
  • #71 Martin Wisata, still 15th overall in 28:40:29 (+5:25:45)
  • #14 Michael Klemens, 23rd overall in 30:17:07 (+7:02:23) – 2 spots gained!

Going into tomorrow 25 km individual time trial, the Khan racer McElveen (US) takes a 0:05:47 lead over Pettina (ITA), and almost 20 minutes over Wallace (CAN).

Stage 6 will start at 10 am, seeing the last rider on the GC setting off first, in ascending order in 1 minute intervals, with the first rider on the GC setting off last. The course is mostly fast double track, with a total of 489 mt gained over the route.

The riders can look forward to a banquet dinner with an award ceremony for the Official Finishers of the Mongolia Bike Challenge and where the Champions will be crowned.

Full stage 5 and overall coverage can be found on the event website.

 

Elevation profile Stage 5:

Stage 5: 88km, 1481m elevation

Stage 5: 88km, 1481m elevation

 

Photos courtesy of Mongolia Bike Challenge

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All ducks in a row: the Rocky Trail Racing team riding together, Martin pulling the MBC train.

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Clayton Locke (right) having a chat to fellow racers at the Stage 5 finish.

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Martin Wisata coming into the finish at XIII Century National Park.

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Leader jersey alert: the Rocky Trail Racing team now in the team classification lead with one stage to go! Almost home, boys!

 

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Stage 4: Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016 – Redemption Day

“The difficulty in today’s stage is the long distance. With 130km, Stage 4 is the longest stage of the MBC. No tourists visit this area so the trails are used only by locals and even then, infrequently. BTW this will be a really fast stage. ”

 

Stage 4: Tuul River to Steppe Nomad Ger Camp

“130km with 1600m climbing faced the riders today as they set off on Stage 4 of the 2016 Mongolia Bike Challenge by Selle SMP. The first 30 kilometers saw a heavy fog covering the land as the riders made their way from the beautiful Edelweiss Camp out to the eventual finish line at the Steppe Nomad camp”, the official media crew reported from today.

Stage 4 of the Mongolia Bike Challenge was a glorious stage we were told, taking the riders through a mist-filled morning up to the first KOM point and then down a long descent into a wide open valley that went on for 40km.

Says Martin, “Day 4 was redemption day for us. I attack at km zero. Clayton and I go back and forth. Very fast and a great day. At the end I led him out in a hectic sprint for 2nd in M2 for Clayton!”

Clayton Locke took out the 2nd place in M2 today - go get 'em boys!

Clayton Locke took out the 2nd place in M2 today – go get ’em boys!

 

The individual results after Stage 4 are:

  • #47 Clayton Locke, 3rd in M2 in 05:25:20, 13th overall
  • #14 Mick Klemens, 4th in M2 in 05:57:15, 23rd overall
  • #71 Martin Wisata, 5th M1 in 05:25:20, 14th overall

After 4 Stages, the overall classification is as follows:

  • #71 Martin Wisata, still 15th overall in 23:56:43 (+4:30:33)
  • #47 Clayton Locke, still 16th overall in 23:56:47 (+4:30:37)
  • #14 Michael Klemens, 25th overall in 25:33:15 (+6:07:05)

In the team classification, the team still sits in 2nd position with a gap of 7:21:09 to the leading Team Japan, but the good news is that the time gap to 3rd has increased again to 1:19:15.

 

The team still sits in second place in the overall team classification.

The team still sits in second place in the overall team classification.

 

In the Khan classification, after a beautiful day of racing, it was McElveen (USA) who edged the sprint from Wallace (CAN), with Ikeda (JPN) in third. The overall standings and gaps remain the same.

According to the event website, the fifth stage “is relatively short but should not be taken lightly”. The race will finish in the XIII Century National Park.

Full stage 4 and overall coverage can be found on the event website.

 

Elevation profile Stage 4:

Stage 4: 130km, 1150m elevation

Stage 4: 130km, 1150m elevation

 

Photos by Rocky Trail

A cold morning in Mongolia - what day is it? The best: RACE DAY!

A cold morning in Mongolia – what day is it? The best kind: RACE DAY!

 

Ger camp life.

Ger camp life.

 

Photos courtesy of Mongolia Bike Challenge

 

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Stage 3 – Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016

“Another challenging stage set within the characteristic Siberian tundra landscape of this area. You are now racing in the Khan Khentii National Park where the valleys are full of nomadic families and their herds…… The third stage of the 2016 Mongolia Bike Challenge took the orders over 117km and two KOM points, with 2240 meters of climbing through a dramatic landscape of sweeping mountains, lush valleys and rocky outcrops, under a sky that promised rain but finally bore blue skies.”

 

Stage 3: Geo Mandal Ger Camp to Tuul River

Day 3 was a bit of a rough one for our team, Martin reports from Steppe Nomad Ger Camp, the finish of Stage 4 – there was no reception yesterday at Tuul River. “After a good day in the hills Clayton and I took a wrong turn and lost 20-30 minutes. Mick took 3rd in his age category and therefore saved the team”, he said.

Congratulations to the podium position, Mick – awesome result!

Third place in M2 for Mick Klemens - outstanding, mate!

Third place in M2 for Mick Klemens – outstanding, mate!

 

That’s stage racing for you, not only do you have to be physically fit to endure what the stage plan throws at you each day, but also perform mentally and be on your game all the time.

It was a bit of a wet one too, by the looks of the pics coming through from the MBC team. It seems the riders are enjoying the experience and are bonding out in the Mongolian wilderness.

Here are the individual results after Stage 3 for our warriors:

  • #14 Mick Klemens, 3rd in M2 in 6:21:12, 16th overall
  • #71 Martin Wisata, 8th M1 in 6:24:43, 22nd overall
  • #47 Clayton Locke, 6th in M2 in 6:24:44, 23rd overall

After 3 Stages, the overall classification is as follows:

  • #71 Martin Wisata, still 14th overall in 18:31:23 (+3:45:53)
  • #47 Clayton Locke, still 15th overall in 18:31:27 (+3:45:57)
  • #14 Michael Klemens, 25th overall in 19:36:00 (+4:50:30)

In the team classification, the team still sits in 2nd position with a gap of 6:01:57, about 20 minutes ahead of 3rd.

A bit of a shake-up in the Khan classification also, with M2 racer Hans Planckaert taking the stage win by 8 seconds ahead of the Japanese Yuki Ikeda. Overall, the US racer Payson McElveen still leads ahead of Nicholas Pettina (+0:04:56) and Cory Wallace (+0:06:05).

Full stage 3 and overall coverage can be found on the event website.

 

Elevation profile Stage 3:

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Stage 3: 117km, 2110m elevation

 

Photos courtesy of Mongolia Bike Challenge

 

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Stage 2 – Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016

“Today, the Mongolia Bike Challenge shows racers very quickly what this race is all about – a tough challenge set within epic, natural beauties. The track varies between fast and smooth to rough and somewhat technical.”

 

Stage 2: Geo Mandal Ger Camp to Geo Mandal Ger Camp

Quote Mongolia Bike Challenge race report,

“The second stage of the 2016 Mongolia Bike Challenge saw the riders tackle a visually stunning course of 122km with just over 2900m of climbing, with two KOM points offering time bonuses of 30 secs, 20 sec and 10 secs.

Under grey skies, #71 Martin Wisata took off from the starting pack and led the charge alone whilst the general classification riders took it a little more sedately, knowledgeable of the hard hills that were to come very early into this tough second stage.

At KM20, which saw the start of the first real climb of the day, Wisata was reabsorbed into the chasing group which comprised of the top riders in the race so far, which are Nicholas Pettina, Payson McElveen, Cory Wallace, Yuki Ikeda, Hiroyuki Okamoto and Hans Planckaert. These six riders took the initiative and the lead and pushed on up the hill at a frenetic pace.”

Our team manager likes doing that when his legs are feeling strong in the morning – charging ahead and leading out the pack at the start of a stage. I can just imagine how the peloton fell into place behind his tall statue and comfy wind break like ducks in a row.

In his own words,

“Right from the start I went to the front and was in the lead for a good 30 minutes. For the rest of the day Clayton and I rode together and came across the finish in 14th and 15th position and Clayton claimed third in his M2 category.”

In the official team classification, the Rocky Trail Racing Team now sits in second place behind Team Japan with Yuki Ikeda.

In the individual classification the team results are:

  • #71 Martin Wisata, 6th M1 in 06:40:45, 15th overall
  • #47 Clayton Locke, 3rd M2 in 06:40:45, 14th overall
  • #14 Michael Klemens, 6th in M2 in 07:43:10, 26th overall

After 2 Stages, the overall classification is as follows:

  • #71 Martin Wisata, 14th overall in 12:06:40 (+2:18:54)
  • #47 Clayton Locke, 15th overall in 12:06:43 (+2:18:57)
  • #14 Michael Klemens, 25th overall in 13:14:48 (+3:27:02)

In the Khan category, Cory Wallace managed to take the win at the finish line by one second over McElveen with Pettina just behind. Overall the US rider McElveen is in front with a total official race time of 9:47:46 (which includes KOM time bonuses), Pettina sits in second (+22 sec) and Cory Wallace in third (+0:01:11). In the women’s classification overall, the Russian Anastasiia Veranian is leading with a total race time of 16:25:40 ahead of British rider Sarah Fawcett (18:08:30).

Stage 2 will see the riders tackle 2240 meters over 117km, with 2 KOM points, with dry weather forecast.

Full stage 2 and overall coverage can be found on the event website.

 

Elevation profile Stage 2:

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Stage 2: 113km, 2750m elevation

 

Photo: Rocky Trail

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Third place today for Clayton Locke in the M2 category. Congratulations!

Photos courtesy of Mongolia Bike Challenge

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Stage 1 – Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016

Thank to the fantastic media team of the Mongolia Bike Challenge, we’re able to follow the race progress through pictures and race reports and results – very interesting to be on the “other side” of the fence for a change.🙂

Stage 1: Downtown Ulaanbaatar to Geo Mandal Ger Camp

“The riders set off from outside the Bayangol Hotel in downtown Ulaan Bataar at 9am under brilliant blue skies and majestic clouds for the 16km the 120km opening stage of the Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016. Although there were no KOM points on today’s route, our participants had to surmount over 1900m of climbing.”

Our boys did well, with Martin reporting a slight stomach bug overnight. But Stage 1 went well he assured us, “The three of us rode together almost all day and at the 100km mark suddenly my legs kicked up another gear and Clayton and I thundered towards the finish. The scenery out here is breath-taking, just amazing and the cultural experience really special.” The team slept in the ger tent village last night, recovering, eating and hydrating for day two. In total there are 55 riders at the start and today’s second stage will bring 113km and a whopping 2,750m of elevation.

In the overall team standings, the Rocky Trail Racing team sits in fourth position out of eight participating teams in this classification. The gap to the leading team is 1:13:55 with five stages to go.

Individually, the boys had a good start as well:

  • #71 Martin Wisata: 7th Master 1 category, 18th overall in 5:25:55 (+49:55min) >> average speed: 21.72km/h
  • #47 Clayton Locke: 5th Master 2 cat, 19th overall in 5:25:58 (+49:58min) >> average speed: 21.72km/h
  • #14 Michael Klemens: 6th Master 2 cat, 23rd overall in 5:31:38 (+55:38min)>> average speed: 21.35km/h

In the Elite, “Khan”, category, US racer Payson McElveen heads up the pack ahead of Crocodile Trophy podium getters Nicholas Pettina from Italy (+1 sec) and our Canadian mate, Cory Wallace (+1:02min).

Full stage 1 coverage can be found on the event website.

 

Elevation profile Stage 1

Stage 1: 105km, 1930m elevation

Stage 1: 105km, 1930m elevation

 

Photos courtesy of Mongolia Bike Challenge

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First team ride in Ulaanbaatar – 2 days to the start

With two days to the start of the Mongolia Bike Challenge, our team completed their first training ride in Ulaanbaatar today. The scenery is mesmerising and just so unique.

Our team:

  • #14 Michael Klemens – Master 2 category
  • #47 Clayton Locke – Master 2 category
  • #71 Martin Wisata – Master 1 category

>> Here is the full start list on the event website.

 

Here are some first impressions:

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