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    Great race report of the Yak Attack race by local rider Sonya Looney


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    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    Great event! If you can ever get to Nepal with a bike, GO! It was awesome to see Looney slay that event! I posted some stuff up in the "Passion" forum a few weeks back, now posted below. Enjoy!

    I went to Nepal for a few weeks for the 11-day stage race called the Yak-Attack. In the process I got to ride some amazing terrain, see an amazing culture, ride a yak, get nearly evac'd by helicopter with early stages of pneumonia, stand at 18,000 ft, and come home with the best experience of my life. Here are some highlight pics from the race, which follows the Annapurna trekking route.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6860914394/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/6860914394_bee691a005.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Singletrack at 15,000 ft!


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6854134760/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6240/6854134760_8f1f181e7f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Normally not covered in snow this time of year, our descent from 18,000 ft to 9,000 ft was spoiled due to ice and snow.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/7000234177/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6097/7000234177_20b02333b1.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    The AM prior to heading from 12,500 ft up to 15,400 ft.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/7000224497/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7132/7000224497_40d81f9bb0.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    A Nepali bus ride


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6854090172/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/6854090172_a8458c773d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Lodging for the event, tea houses on route. Very simple. Very cold.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6854045236/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6239/6854045236_60ae30de2c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Crossed lots of suspension bridges. No much room for error. Yes, they sway in the wind.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6854067392/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/6854067392_cd87d29c95.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Riding near 12,500 ft....while peaks to the upper left sit at or above 22,000 ft.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/7000184391/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6225/7000184391_d7092e6fcf.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    The good sh*t!


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6854045766/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6056/6854045766_0e016aea21.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Sick. Very sick. So sick, the event Dr made me abandon the event with early stages of what he called "walking pneumonia"


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/7000167419/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7184/7000167419_4f0e2693aa.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    No caption needed.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/6854020438/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6039/6854020438_0758a9e9db.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    The view from Thorong La Pass, just shy of 18,000 ft. To get here you must hike with your bike on your back for about 3 hrs.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffkerkove/7000132381/" title="2012 Yak-Attack by Jeff Kerkove, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/7000132381_50cae8eca1.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="2012 Yak-Attack"></a>
    Packing them in tight to try to stay warm at 13,000 ft. Sugar, sweets, and tea kind of helped.

    All the pics posted here on my Flickr account.

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    Thanks for posting up more pics/info Jeff. Sorry to hear about the sickness encountered. That pic of the suspension bridge looks crazy long!


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    When I saw the first pic I was going to ask if you you rode across that bridge. Now I know.
    Great shots! Thanks for sharing.

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    What a great adventure. Just wondering, how do you get funding to do these trips, must be expensive? You must have some sponsors to help out, or do you make enough money from races?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokefork View Post
    What a great adventure. Just wondering, how do you get funding to do these trips, must be expensive? You must have some sponsors to help out, or do you make enough money from races?
    This whole event happened by luck. I actually won the entry in a Facebook contest! Silly, right! Getting to the race (airline ticket) was paid for by my employer, Ergon International. Sonya or I are not paid to race our bikes. My day job is marketing and customer service for Ergon North America. This is what pays the bills, etc, etc. Sonya also works for Ergon North America handling sales, brand support, and some marketing. Being able to ride/race is a very fortunate perk of the job that I am thankful for every day!

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    Great pics, Jeff. Thanks for posting. Rest up for the next one!
    "Serves you right to suffer." -The Wife (after being 2 hours late)

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    Nice job you have there Jeff, maybe in my next life.

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    Thanks for posting up and sharing your experience. It looks amazing...

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