Tour of Genghis Khan Race ReportAfter a rather long day of transit to Inner Mongolia, the team arrived to Ordos and got themselves settled for what was looking to be 2 fast days of racing in freezing conditions. The moral was a little low since the organisers failed to get the Chinese visa invitation to our sprinter on time, meaning that we were one rider short, and our sprinter at that!
The teams that were listed had some value – Marco Polo, Giant Asia, Hong Kong and Champion Systems. Not surprising really, when there was $100,000 USD up for grabs. This was going to be a weekend of fast racing and just to top it off, it’s snowing outside!
Stage 1 - 20 laps of a 4km circuit.
It was cold and windy and with 1st, 2nd & 3rd sprint prize for every lap we knew it would be fast. Big Will had a good crack at a sprint on the 3rd lap and got 2nd place for a bit of cash in the kitty. The first 6 laps were very active and had some constant small breaks and the EHBS boys were either in it, or chasing it down. However by the 8th lap there was a break of 3 riders represented by Champion Systems & Marco Polo and eventually, bridging across with immense strength was David McCann from Giant Asia.
By lap 13 the 4 rider break gained over 1 min and eventually another 3 riders including a rider from the Astana Track Team (thanks to a good madison sling) and Marco Polo bridged across. Only a couple laps later, MacCann decided it was time to leave the break and ride solo for 3 laps, winning with a 46 second gap.
In the meantime, Will managed to get himself into a good position for the bunch sprint and won, showing the rest of the Astana Track Team how its done and finishing 7th overall. Pete and Steve were a little far back in the bunch, getting stuck in a crash but thankfully staying upright.
Heksa, with tired legs from the Tour of Indonesia finished 24th and Dylan 29th, still contributing some healthy cash to the kitty.
Challenges of the day:- bitterly cold conditions, strong winds and 1500mtr altitude closing the lungs.
Tomorrow is another day