I have just finished reading Sophia Mangalee’s amazing day by day blog of her 2011 Mongol Derby. What a read!! I was crying with laughter (always easy when you are not there yourself) and for the first time it is really dawning on me – I will come back a changed person……
THE LIST is so to say wrapped up! Last shopping being done in between work just to confuse the issue (does anybody realize that one can buy THE MOST amazing “play things” for camping/hiking/adventuring and give Toys-R-Us a run for their money?) so 5kg, 5kg, 5kg, just walk on……
Last minute encouragement are coming in from dedicated supporters of this adventure, and from people that you never thought would now about your or The Rhino Orphanage’s existence! I am sure that most of these last minute encouraging words will be the ones that pull me through the more difficult times. THANK YOU! And quoting oom Ami – onthou net, uithourit ruiters gee nooit op nie! Wise words from someone that really knows!
I apologize for those who do not understand my home language – but to those who do – how EXTREMELY the world can be (and I have said this before!). The e-mail says it all. All about a random enquiry about the inReach SE tracking device.
My goeiste, wou sê die naam klink bekend! As ek nou reg het, dan is dit jou ma wat my kleintyd dikwels oor die vingers getik het as ek daai klavier met sulke stywe ‘onmusikale” vingers benader het – die dat ek my nou maar liewer by ‘n rekenaar bepaal en ver weg van klaviere bly!
EK was so paar klasse na jou en was maar so vaal muis, so weet nie of jy kan onthou nie – dalk kan jy van my meer ‘charismatiese’ klasmaats onthou – Marlise Wentzel (witkop), Marlize Rossouw (Jolette en Arnold se suster), Oubaas van Zyl, Christa Botha, Stephnie Bruwer, Jaco Moelich.
Alle voorspoed met die derby, dit lyk tough! Sal definitief volg en in kontak bly. En sal in ieder geval laat weet as die SE nog betyds aankom, as jy dalk van plan verander.
From: Inge Rall-Behm [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 22 July 2013 17:55
Subject: Re: inReach
The Mongol Derby 2013. Adventure race – 1 000km op half wilde Mongolese Ponies!! Jy kan alles daarvan lees (links) vanaf my website http://www.ingerallbehm.co.za. Jy sal dink ek moet my kop laat lees. Jy sal live tracking vanaf hulle (The Adventurists) se website kry. As jy my soek op hulle site tik net in The Rhino Orphanage. Dit is my “team” naam.
Lekker week verder!
A HUGE, HUGE thank you to the Michalakis family, Markella, Dimitra and Gabriella for no less than 70 rhino bracelets that was handed to me today at the SA Lipizzaner performance in Kyalami. They will travel with me to Mongolia, and remind the people that wear them, and the people they come in contact with, about our truly South African Rhino Orphanage and the amazing work they do to protect our next generation of rhino’s. You make us all so very proud!
And there is NOTHING like a pre-derby massage!!
Weight. Always an issue. Always a struggle for both the overwight and the too thin. Always a topic, and always seeking a new diet. And now a pivot point in the Mongol Derby.
Ready to ride weight – no problem. 5kg only for everything you want to take with you for 8 days – different story! Beats dieting hands down.
I have been putting off this day for the past month. Today was crunch time – and yes, despite my careful planning I had to ditch some. All of a sudden days on the steppe are looking a bit different. No more fancy inflatable mattress, even LESS clothing (about down to a spare pair of knickers!). Drugs no compromise. They are going with!!
So weight – you can tell me nothing about it….
Down to single digit, and somehow it reminds me of passing my university exams – expecting great euphoria, it turns out to be a normal working day. Biorhythm not great as it now will be Air-Link seeing me off at the airport. Coping mechanism won’t be waiting for the steppe…..
Day by day schedule for Pre Race Training Mongol Derby 2013
Thursday August 1st PRT Day 1
10am meet for Pre Race Training Day 1. 5th Floor Business Centre, Ramada Hotel,
Ulaanbaatar. Until 4.30pm
All riders, all international crew. These will be lecture format briefings, spiced up by regular changes of presenter, some exciting and expensive learning aids, and the fact that you are only THREE DAYS AWAY from starting the Derby
Please bring your riding kit we will weigh out the riders at 85kgs dressed to ride in UB, where we have some hope of a flat surface. This prevents the embarrassing outcome that we have no idea how much the riders weigh when they set off, as the scales are on grass and can’t give an accurate reading….
Please also bring your horse and equipment deposits: £400 in cash, in an envelope, with your name on.
10am welcome and intro Katy. Schedule for the week
All morning, Tom takes riders’ GPS units and uploads course continuous 10.15 Overview of the rules and protocols Katy, Maggie
Sessions on outside assistance, penalty system
Distribute On the Steppe Packs and Vet cards.
11.00 Course briefing, Katy
11.45 Navigation, GPS tips Katy and Tom
Distribute SPOT trackers
12.30 Safety, emergency response SPOT tracking, camping out protocols All SPOT test.
13.00 Riders to weigh out 85kgs in kit
14.00 Harry Vet briefing
14.30 Dr Chris Abbott Medic briefing
15.30 Katy media on the steppe a quick howto, registering of phones and practice SMS updates. Updating of Media Hit List for submission to Press Office in the UK and Shot List for Richard Dunwoody
Any other business; last updates to rider’s emergency contact details, rider websites.
7pm Hazara restaurant feasting and merriment all riders and international crew. This is optional, it should cost around MNT15,000 a head, or around £7, so won’t break the bank.
Friday 2nd August PRT Day 2
9am: Meet at Adventurists HQ, next to State Department Store, for transfer to start line. Don’t be late
Please leave all excess luggage at your hotel and bring ONE HAND LUGGAGE SIZED BAG for us to transfer from the start to the finish on your behalf. Everything else must get from start to finish on you and your horses, or stay in UB.
12.30 arrival at start camp. Lunch
Afternoon 1st testride.
Saddle and tack distributed to riders. Rigging of tack
1.30pm Riders to go down to horse line ger by ger (so groups of 5) at 15 min intervals. This means each rider gets 11 attention while tacking up and handling the horses.
Headshot and portrait shots with Malou, en route to horse line. 3 mins with each rider. Richard Dunwoody out and about photographing riding, tacking up, intros to the horses
Tea and coffee in the dining tent for riders waiting to go down to horse line. Medical training and practical sessions with Dr Chris Abbott in the dining tent.
All riders out for 12 hours, just getting comfortable with the horses, kit optional. 2 vets plus Maggie on the horse line taking heart rates for the riders and discussing recovery etc.
6.30pm Group photography shots, as directed by Richard Dunwoody. All riders, riders by nation, all riders plus crew, vets, medics, etc etc.
7.30 pm: Dinner. Fire and singsong/poker tournament/whatever people fancy
Saturday 3rd August PRT Day 3
8.30 am: Breakfast eat well, this will be a long day
9.30 am 11.30am 2nd test ride, with full kit, including navigation. Riders will depart in small groups, ger by ger at 15 min intervals, navigating to a point they have loaded onto their GPS c.6kms away. Should take an hour there and back.
As riders return they must untack their horses and tie them on the line. Optional hobbling masterclass and camping out advice from Unenburen.
12.30pm onwards Pack lunches in the dining tent pick up and grab whenever you are free
Afternoon As much faffing with your kit and equipment as you need go down to the horse line and borrow a horse to test out different rigging arrangements, and get help from Maggie and Charles with this.
The Launch Party Begins…
3:30pm mini Naadam courtesy of Unenburen. Watch local 6 year olds outride you on their
finest and fastest horses, toast them with airag and marvel at the skill and spirit of Mongolian horseracing.
7pm Dinner a Mongolian Banquet
8pm Traditional Mongolian concert of music and dance
9pm the After party. More Mutton. More Music. More Airag. More Fire. More Fun
Some media to be invited to attend the launch ceremonies. Expect some interviews. No formal press conference, it will be informal and lowkey.
Sunday 4th August LAUNCH DAY
7.30 am: Breakfast
8.00am : Rider 5kgs kit allowance weigh out, with Maggie and Charles
All other kit to be packed and left neatly inside your ger doors for collection by the Event Crew and transfer from Start Line back to UB, and later to the Finish Line. Please pack up everything you are not carrying on the horse.
9.00am: to the horse line to tack up, mount up and warm up. Final interviews and media access. 9.30am: to the start line, warm horses up properly for a racing start. Lamas to bless the riders, and be addressed by the Organisers.
10:00am Start gun fires.
RIDE LIKE THE WIND. AND DON’T PANIC. Katy x