Team Korea takes the lead.
After a full day in the Gobi Desert, the participants of the 2018 Int. GS Trophy made it to the Camp Gobi Erdene in the south of Mongolia, tired but elated at the sheer variety of off-road riding encountered during this 250 kilometre liaison stage. Later in the evening, the latest results and points standings were announced with a clear leader after day 3 of 8.
A day to remember.
Following a tough initial couple of days at this year’s finals, it was decided to give the competitors a ‘breather’ today to allow them to enjoy the fantastic scenery and riding that this region offers adventure motorcyclists. As such, there were no special tests planned and the day instead consisted of a lengthy liaison ride through stunning national parkland amid ever changing desert landscapes. All the teams also took advantage of a slightly later start, which allowed them the opportunity of a long sleep.
The ride was full of surprises, especially when it passed through the Dungeene Canyon, where for the first time in Mongolia, the participants crossed a river bed that actually had water in it! Furthermore, they even encountered snow and ice inside a deep gorge that just had to be ridden though and provided plenty of opportunities for photos. Then they climbed up to the Yucca (high plateau) where the scenery changed yet again, offering colourful panoramas that could be enjoyed only in fleeting moments, as the terrain continued to demand maximum concentration.
With rocky mountains and a stunning range of high sand dunes to their left — and the Gobi stretching endlessly in front and to their right — the riders battled deep sand, washouts, camel grass and dust to get to their final destination for the day, where cool drinks and hot showers awaited. International GS Trophy first-timer Jocelin Snow summed up her experiences.
Jocelin Snow, #262, Team Ausamerica
Making memories in Mongolia.
“It’s been another great day in the saddle and certainly entertaining, even if it wasn’t as challenging as the first two days with all those special tests we had,” said the American. “So far the Int. GS Trophy experience has been fantastic and If I had the chance to do it again, I’d take it every time!“
After the evening group dinner, it was time for each team to make a short, entertaining presentation about themselves and their country, which as ever, provided plenty of laughs for the entire Int. GS Trophy circus. Then it was down to the serious business of a points update, as the results of yesterday’s two special stages were revealed, followed by the combined points total thus far (see below for details).
A quick reminder to all fans following the Int. GS Trophy that voting for the first of two photo competitions is now live, so check out all the teams’ photos at www.gstrophy.com and please vote for your favourites. Voting closes at midnight Mongolia time, which is 1800 (CEST).