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Day 6

Sophia Mangalee: Day 6 of the Derby

Fellow Mongol Derby rider, Sophia Mangalee, kept up a blog of her experiences during the Mongol Derby 2011 – it makes for a great read! Here’s her account of Day 6. You can find the original entries here. The calm before the storm Day six dawned glorious. After the preceding day’s rain, the valley was fresh, […]

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Flooded river Mongol Derby 2011

Sophia Mangalee: Day 5 of the Derby

Fellow Mongol Derby rider, Sophia Mangalee, kept up an incredible blog of her experiences during the Mongol Derby 2011. Here’s her account of Day 5. You can find the original entries here. Barely alive I recall day five as being barely alive. Cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea all assaulted me as soon as I woke up. I […]

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Horse drinking water

Sophia Mangalee: Day 4 of the Derby

My fellow Mongol Derby rider, Sophia Mangalee, kept up an awesome blog of her experiences during the Mongol Derby 2011. Here’s her account of Day 4. You can find the original entries here. A handsome pinto I went with a handsome pinto (again), having had such spectacular luck thus far with skewbald ponies. And, the evening […]

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Kevin's (wild) stallion

Sophia Mangalee: Day 3 of the Derby

My fellow Mongol Derby rider, Sophia Mangalee, kept up a fantastic blog of her experiences during the Mongol Derby 2011. Here’s her account of Day 3. You can find the original entries here. The horses are a bit hard to saddle I stumbled out of the ger on day three none the worse for wear, which […]

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Mongol Derby Day 2

Sophia Mangalee: Day 2 of the Derby

My fellow Mongol Derby rider, Sophia Mangalee, kept up a thoroughly entertaining blog of her experiences during the Mongol Derby 2011. Here’s her account of Day 2. You can find the original entries here. Up at 4:30am “Pssst! Are you awake?” Grunt. “Sophia, psst!” I grunted louder. “They are still asleep,” said Frederique, gesturing towards […]

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The pre-race training group thundering across the Steppes

From the starting line to the end of my Derby experience

On the morning of 6th August 2011 – the official start of the Mongol Derby 2011 – all competitors awoke with anticipation that the day of reckoning had arrived. It was finally here, the start. It was also weigh-in day. All the heavyweights had their fair share of sweating awaiting their turn on the scale. […]

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Sophia Mangalee Mongol Derby 2011

Sophia Mangalee: The day-to-day of the Derby

A fellow Mongol Derby rider, Sophia Mangalee recorded the true drama that was the Mongol Derby 2011 with daily blog posts, and I thought they made for fascinating reading! You can find the original entries here. Mongol Derby Day 1 “A nine day race of a lifetime cannot be properly condensed into just a handful […]

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The gers where we would be sleeping at our pre-race training camp

From the Steppes

Mongolia should be considered as a Seven Wonders of the World entrant. The landscape was unspoiled, endless, undulating…no adjective gets close to describing this land where there are 3 million ponies for every 2 million humans. I landed in Ulan Bataar, the capital of Mongolia, on the 31st of July after 32 hours of travelling. […]

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