Let us introduce
you to Mongolia.
More than an endurance race, a cultural experience.
A 480km stage by stage, international endurance race.
Ride Mongolian horses to challenge your horsemanship.
Six days, riding 80km a day to test your endurance.
Welcome to The Gobi Desert Cup, with a 480 kilometre multi-stage endurance race through the Gobi Desert, riding Mongolian horses everyday for 6 days over 80 kilometre. Riders from the four corners of the world come to compete in The Gobi Desert Cup.
"You may have what it takes, but it will take everything you've got".
Following a marked course, starting every morning at 7AM, riders must complete the course before 7 PM. Two vet checks are held a day; one at 40 km and one at the end of the 80km. When entering the vetting area, riders will have 30 min to get their horse's heart rate to 64bpm or below. At each vet check, the horses will be trotted out under saddle and checked for lameness. After passing the vet check, a compulsory vet hold of 40min will allow both riders and horses to rest, eat and drink.
HAVE YOU GOT THE HORSEMANSHIP IT TAKES?
The horses selected for the cup qualify based on age, health, quietness, experience and ability to cover long distances. Once qualified, the horses go to our training centre to be trained and conditioned for the race.
Away from the modern world, GET BACK TO BASICS.
Riders will be camping each night in a traditional Mongolian camp and discover the Nomadic lifestyle. A starting and closing ceremony, presentation for the first 3 riders and the first 3 teams (teams of 4 riders) with the most points will be decorated . You will attend two days training before the race, where you will discover the horses, the rules and officials. This will also be the time to fit and try your gear.
JUMP ON BOARD FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME.
Your nomination is all inclusive from pick up to drop off in Ulan Bataar the capital of Mongolia from the 22nd -31st of August (food, transport, accomodation, training and a support crew).
A 10 days adventure, secluded from the rest of the world, living with nomadic people, riding endurance trained Mongolian horses, travelling 480 kilometre to TEST your endurance and CHALLENGE your horsemanship through an international endurance race.