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    On The Ground in Mongolia

    We thought it would be a great opportunity to explore the background of this spectacular race, and highlight the cultural fabric that underpins this event. 

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    Derby Diary #13

    We knew that we couldn’t cross the river ahead so our route would be an indirect one and would take us a little longer....

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    Derby Diary #12

    Jimbo and I had made it through a hurricane of biblical winds and joined up with Paul

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    Derby Diary #11

    We got bucked off, got lost, suffered sunburn and heat stroke one day and hypothermia another...

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    Derby Diary #10

    Day five began with me in extreme pain. I saddled up, keen to ignore it...

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    Derby Diary #9

    Derby riders often push themselves to the very brink, and sometimes help comes when they least expect it.

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    Derby Diary #8

    This may be the world’s longest, toughest horse race but it’s really a full-on cultural immersion.

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    Derby Diary #7

    Did we mention a million times that the Derby is physically and mentally challenging?

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    Derby Diary #6

    Sometimes riders hit the Mongolian version of the adventure jackpot

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    Derby Diary #5

    As the Derby progresses, the riders find themselves in that exhausted, surreal state where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

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    Derby Diary #4

    Coming into HS2 at the end of Day 1, I was riding in a big group and most people decided to stay there than risk going on, but Alice, Marie and I got on our steeds and off we went.

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    Derby Diary #3

    Start camp survived, training rides tested, the riders line up on Day 1 of racing not knowing what the next ten days may bring.

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