Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Extreme Marathon

Monday, Aug 19th

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Miga and Solongo win the MTB Adventure for second time

Mongolian cycling stars Myagmarsuren Baasaankhuu and Solongo Tserenlham both won the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure for the second time in their careers last weekend with superb rides and stage victories on Saturday and Sunday. The competition this time did not really come from their own compatriots, but from a strong local Chinese contingent. Especially Miga had to keep his head cool. Always the man to beat, Miga had to battle against the Shanghai squad led by Feng Kuan Jie, which made his life as difficult as possible. Still, when he pushed the throttle uphill or against a headwind, nobody was able to match the Mongolian's speed and strength. Solo victories in both stage 2 and stage 3 were the result. Feng Kuan Jie and Shi Yongming finished the stage race in the same total time, but Feng Kuan Jie was awarded second place overall due to his stage victory in the wet mudbath on Friday. Zhu Jun became stronger and stronger as the weekend progressed and a second place on the 95km long stage 3 was his reward for his fine efforts, beating Shi Yongming and FKJ in the sprint that day. For Feng Kuan Jie, it was the third time he finished second in Genghis Khan MTB. He also scored a third place in 2011, but has never won it! For Miga it was the second overall win after 2014. Miga is of course also a four-time-winner of Granfondo Yunnan.

 

Solongo Tserenlham's win had a similar pattern as Miga's. Beaten by Qin Ziye on Friday, the experienced Mongolian fought back and distanced Qin Ziye on Saturday to grab yellow, and defended it in style on Sunday. Tserenlham won this stage race back in 2012 as well, seven years ago. She was second in 2015 and 2016 as well. Qin Ziye had one big excuse for finishing a few minutes behind the Mongolian: she also ran the full marathon on Saturday morning. In fact, Qin Ziye is the new Queen of the Grasslands and was largely unchallenged for that title this year!

 

The men's King of the Grassland title went to Germany's Peter Wolkowicz. After a great dual with China's Yu Chong Zheng, Wolkowicz won the newly designed Grassland Marathon in 2:58 on Saturday morning and laid the foundation for his KOG title there. It was quite close, however, as Beijing's Chen Jiadong not only beat him on MTB Stage 1, he also ran a fine marathon (third place in 3:12)! But Chen Jiadong was unable to overtake the Shanghai-based German again during the two last MTB stages. Heilongjiang's Wang Lidong still managed a great third place in the KOG competition. Wang Lidong was the King in 2014 and 2015, and was also third in 2016.

 

 

Quite a comeback for Feng Kuan Jie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 11 th Genghis Khan MTB Adventure started wth half an hour delay as torrential rain had flooded the streets of Xiwuqi. Eventually, the start of stage 1 was dry but it did not take long before rain began to fall again on the field of brave participants. In brief, this was the toughest stage in the history of the Genghis Khan MTB and several participants failed to make the cut off of 5 hours for the 68 km race - even when that cut off time had already been extended by half an hour. Conditions on the grassland trails were extremely treacherous and muddy for the first half of the race. Luckily, the rain stopped for the second half of the race, but for many people the damage had already been done. Up front, there were attacks and seven people got away on Nadamu Hill. Erdenesuren Munkhtulga and Shi Yongming were the most industrious and confident to ride away for some time as a duo. But come km 25, others returned, among which Myagmarsuren Baasaankhuu - winner in 2014 - , Feng Kuan Jie - three times podium but never a winner in Xiwuqi - and Luo Danzhi. Also Germany's Peter Wolkowicz was still among them at that point. As another difficult and slippery section presented itself, a quartet containing Miga, Feng Kuan Jie, Munkhtulga and Shi Yongming managed to get away from the rest. A bit later, Munkhtulga had to let go also. Meanwhile, China's Shi Yongming attacked again and developed a lead by himself. But a big slide at km 54 reduced his advantage and Miga and Feng Kuan Jie came back.

 

The trio would stay together until the finish line in Xiwuqi and in the sprint it was Feng Kuan Jie who had the better of Miga and Shi Yongming. A fantastic victory for the Chinese rider after so many years of absence....and who knows, maybe he can finally win the Genghis Khan Festival this year! Erdenesuren Munkhtulga was fourth five minutes later.

 

Chen Jiadong was first of the King of the Grassland competitors, those who will also run the full Grassland Marathon tomorrow morning. The Beijinger has a 12-minute advantage over Peter Wolkowicz and Zhang Haobo.

 

The women's race was won by Qin Ziye, who had a gap of more than five minutes over Solongo Tserenlham and 21 minutes over Wu Yingying. Interestingly, Qin Ziye is also doing the KOG... so it's a double win for her! Second of the KOG competitors was Huang Haiyu, 45 minutes behind.

2019 GKF Open for registration!

Nordic Ways is pleased to announce that the 11th edition of the beloved Genghis Khan Festival in Xiwuqi, Inner Mongolia, is now open for registration. The 3-day event will take place from 9 to 11 August after a hiatus of three years and still feature the same sporting competitions along with cultural and culinary activities.

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NATHAN, New Sponsor of Genghis Khan Grassland Marathon

Nordic Ways is very pleased to announce that NATHAN becomes the official running equipment sponsor of 2019 Genghis Khan Grassland Marathon.

Founded in Pennsylvania, USA, NATHAN has been very popular among the runners in North American and Chinese market. NATHAN products have been widely sold in professional running equipment stores, outdoor product retail stores and sports product stores in 45 countries.

 

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The return of the Genghis Khan Festival

After a break of 2 years, the 11th edition of the Genghis Khan Festival will take place in traditional Xiwuqi, Inner Mongolia, from 9 to 11 August 2019, which means one month later than usual. The event design remains as before: three days of mountainbiking and a Grassland Marathon and Half Marathon run on Saturday morning. Those who compete in both the MTB long distance and the Marathon compete for the much-coveted crown of King and Queen of the Grasslands!

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Statement on the Cancellation of the 2017 Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Extreme Marathon

With great regret we have to announce today the cancellation of the 2017 Genghis Khan MTB Adventure and Grassland Marathon in Xiwuqi. The local government in Xiwuqi informed us that they cannot authorise the event for environmental and social reasons: the Xilingol area is experiencing a drought this year and the lack of rainfall has made the grasslands extremely vulnerable to desertification, which for farming communities such as Xiwuqi would be catastrophic. Therefore, all events, including even the Mongolian Nadamu ethnic holiday Festival next week, have been cancelled.

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Ranking, top-level helmet sponsor of MTB

Ranking, which means excellence, is the largest helmet brand in Taiwan. Established in 1979, Ranking is an international company with nearly 30 agencies in the world and 400 distributors on the Chinese mainland and its products are sold around the world.

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