Genghis Khan MTB Adventure & Grassland Extreme Marathon

Sunday, Jul 22nd

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Linus Holmsäter and Juliette Camelot win the Grassland Marathon

Sweden's Linus Holmsäter confirmed his top favourite status with an impressive sub 3 hour win (2:53:27) in today's Grassland Marathon, initially ran in ideal temperatures and without wind. Holmsäter had to work harder than expected, though, as 18-year-old Ren Siwu stuck to him until km 35. France's Juliette Camelot won the women's marathon.

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Altansukh Altanzul leads Mongolian coup

The start of the 7th Genghis Khan MTB Adventure saw a genuine coup by Mongolia as defending champion Altansukh Altanzul led no fewer than 9 of his compatriots into the top 10! In the women's Asian TT champion Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal added even more cherries on the pie for the riders from Ulanbaatar.

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Showdown in Xiwuqi

Bigger in quantity and bigger in quality: the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure has reached a new level in its development this year. Close to 300 bikers are expected to start the 3-day stage race from Xiwuqi's Nadamu Arena tomorrow afternoon, including plenty of Asia's finest. In fact, picking a favourite is not an easy task with so many big names on the list!

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Colour codes and signs explained

The Genghis Khan Festival consists of a 3 days' MTB stage race and an XC running event with Xiwuqi town as it centre. In order to ensure people find it easy to find their way on the grassland and choose the right course, a quick reminder of the colour codes in use this weekend.

 

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Grassland Marathon: Holmsäter man to beat

Since the first edition of the Grassland Marathon in 2008, Chinese runners have always claimed victory in the men's race, but this year the odds are against them. Beijing-based Heyrobics icon Linus Holmsäter of Sweden is the man to beat on Saturday morning.

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Pre-Grassland Marathon warm-up by HeyRunning

Hey! Join HeyRunning training coaches for a 2 to 4 km pre-race warm-up run this Friday in Xiwuqi! A great opportunity to ease out any stiffness following the travel and a chance to inspect a short section of the course before race day!

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MTB: The Classic Stage

Ever since the beginning of the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure back in 2007, the first stage of the race has taken participants to the hills Siriguleng and Halagatu, named after the Mongol emperor's missing horses. It is the classic stage of the 3-day long weekend with start at the Nadamu Arena and finish in Xiwuqi's biggest square after 62km.

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