Horseback riding is one of the world’s most dangerous sports, and Mongolia might be one of the more dangerous places to do it. For those reasons alone, the Mongol Derby could be one of the craziest adventures voluntarily undertaken in the world.
This isn’t your average horse race. (Photo: The Adventurists)
And yet, people pay more than $13,340 for the privilege to do it.
Billed as the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby recreates Genghis Khan’s legendary 1,000 km postal system, with riders changing horses every 40 km and living with herders or camping under the stars.
It sure isn’t easy to follow in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan. (Photo: The Adventurists)
To stand a chance of finishing, riders must balance survival skills and horsemanship.
The race ends on Friday August 15. All riders are expected to finish the race in 10 days or to quit the race altogether. This year’s winner, Sam Jones, is a mining operative from Australia and finished in just eight days.
The winning lady, Sam Jones. (Photo: The Adventurists)
Jones, 40, rode alone for most of the race. She is the sixth derby winner, only the second female champion, and the first from Australia
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At the end of the day this is a race against yourself. (Photo: The Adventurists)