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GS Trophy 2018 Mongolia – Day 1 Recap

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Published on 06.03.2018

GS Trophy 2018 Mongolia Day 1

Mongolia is a country of a people as much as it seems a country of horses and sheep and camels. And sand. Lots and lots of sand. Team USA and Team AusAmerica set out ahead of the pack on the first day of GS Trophy, riding into what would become a 13-hour sand fest with two extremely challenging special tests along the way. After cranking through three hours of sandy desert the teams rolled up on the first test, a difficult trials-style ribbons course with elevation and lots of sand. The USA Men’s team cleaned this test, placing first overall, while the girls from AusAmerica weren’t as well-practiced.

After many more hours of animal sightings and sand the participants ended their incredibly long day with a GPS challenge on foot, which might sound easy until you hear they had to wear their enduro boots and moto pants as they ran around the hot, hilly desertscape. The girls did very well at the competition, and our guys, not so much, but at the end of the day the USA men’s team had earned enough points to place very high in the overall standings. We are still awaiting final calculations at 11 p.m. here at the nights camp. Where is the camp? The journalists at my table just had a conversation about that subject and we decided we have no idea, only that we’re somewhere in Mongolia… and that’s just fine!

GS Trophy 2018 Mongolia - Day 1

Due to problems with the scoring system, the day’s results have been delayed and will be announced tomorrow morning before the start of day two competition. We’ll report back here with the first day’s results once they have been finalized.

Jamie Elvidge Author ProfileAbout the Author: Jamie Elvidge has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet will be riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.

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