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Yak Attack 2016 Stage Wise Result

Yak Attack was born out of pure passion of adventure and love of Nepal and Himalayas to develop a mountain biking race that would test the mettle of most adventures athlete. The event has attracted a wide array of world-class athletes, world ranking mountain bikers, ex Tour de France and Olympics cyclists to professional explorers, all seeking to be pushed to their limits in one of the spectacular Himalaya landscape on Earth, Nepal.

Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race on Earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level. 10 stages, approx 500km, 15000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -20c, tests the most hardened of riders.

For its 10 year anniversary edition, Yak Attack has raised the bar even higher. After crossing the formidable Thorong La, the race will head into the moon like landscape of the “Forbidden Kingdom” of Upper Mustang, which at an average elevation of 4000m is one of the remotest and untouched areas on planet Earth. This year the event starts from Besi Sahar and the closing ceremony will take place at Jomsom (4 -15 Novermber 2016) and the event title is sponsored by The North Face . Watch the video highlights from the last year's event .

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Yak Attack 2016, Nepal, Itinerary:

 

Stage 1:

NOVEMBER 5th: BESI SAHAR LOOP – 33KM, 1190M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1616m)
Yak Attack 2016 kicks off with a 33km time trial around the hills of Besi Sahar. The course will take you straight up to 1616m and give you a small taste of what is to come in the ensuing stages, before a 15km descent brings riders back into Besi Sahar.

Stage 2:

NOVEMBER 6th: BESI SAHAR TO CHAME – DISTANCE: 71KM, 2900M ASCENT (Max Elevation 2700m)
“Into the mountains” – Possibly the toughest stage of all time; 66km with 2900m of climbing on super tough terrain. Very few downs and lots of up, finishing at 2700m above sea level. This stage will definitely suit the climbers.

Stage 3:

NOVEMBER 7th: CHAME TO MANANG – DISTANCE: 30KM, 1249M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3540m)
“Snow and mud” – Theres a distinct likelyhood the riders will encounter their first sections of snow during this stage and long sections of deep mud are almost guaranteed. The temperature starts to drop, the air gets thinner and the mountain scenery more spectacular.

Stage 4:

NOVEMBER 9th: MANANG TO THORONG PHEDI – , DISTANCE: 16KM, 1238M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4450m)
“Into thin air” – The shortest stage, distance wise, at only 17km, but on average it takes the riders longer than the 60km stage 3 !! Altitude is the biggest obstacle today with riders finishing at 4450m above sea level. Snow and severe cold are also distinct possibilities during this stage.

Stage 5:

NOVEMBER 10th: THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH – DISTANCE: 11KM, 1036M ASCENT (Max Elevation 5416m)
“The Pass” – The stage everybody fears. A 5km hike a bike starting in the dark, through snow and freezing temperatures takes the riders to the highest point of the race, Thorong La at 5416m. It’s no easy passage from here however as invariably deep snow makes the 6km descent from the top treacherous and slow going.

Stage 6:

NOVEMBER 11th: MUKTINATH to GHILING – DISTANCE: 46KM, 2050M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4080m)
“Into the Fobidden Kingdom” – Today the races enters the Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang. A 7km hike and bike ascent straight out of Muktinath takes riders up to the first pass of the day, Gyu La at 4080m. A crossing of the Kali Gandaki river and 5 more passes all above 3600m brings riders to the nights destination of Ghiling.

Stage 7:

NOVEMBER 12th: GHILING to LO MANTHANG – DISTANCE: 38KM, 1400M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3979m)
“The Kingdom of Lo” – Today the races finishes at Lo Manthang, the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo. After climbing Nyi La at 4010m riders must negotiate a further 2 passes on their way to Lo Manthang.

Stage 8:

NOVEMBER 13th: LO MANTHANG to LO MANTHANG – DISTANCE: 21KM, 450M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4072m)
“Towards China” – A relatively easy day by Yak Attack standards. A 21km time trial loop, starting and finishing in Lo Manthang will take riders towards the Chinese border with a 13km climb. A rapid 8km descent brings riders back to the walled capital, leaving plenty of time to explore the area, or to recover for the final 2 days of racing.

Stage 9:

NOVEMBER 14th: LO MANTHANG to SAMAR – DISTANCE: 46KM, 2150M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4288m)
“Heading south” – Today we leave the Kingdom of Lo and start the journey south tpwards the finish line. This doesn’t mean its getting easier though, as riders have to cross the highest pass in Upper Mustang, Chogo La (4288m) and then another 5 passes on the way to Samar. Along the way, sections of rocky singletrack descents will test the skills of even the best riders.

Stage 10:

NOVEMBER 15th: SAMAR to JOMSOM – DISTANCE: 40KM, 1250M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3751m)
“Down town” – One last mountain pass, Dajori La to cross before the route descends out of Upper Mustang and down towards the Kali Gandaki river, the finish line in Jomsom and some well earned post race celebrations. There’s still 1250m of climbing today but there’s also close to 2000m of descent, a fine way to finish an epic race and adventure.

Yak Attack 2016, Participants List:

 

S.N  Rider Nationality
1 Pedro Bento Portugal
2 Julian Paphitis Uk
3 Liam Organ Uk
4 Matt Rousu Australia
5 Leigh Ann Gnyla Australia
6 Sabrina Filzmoser Austria
7 Udo Paschinger Austria
8 Wendy Lyall USA
9 Julia Hobson UK
10 Mike Hancock UK
11 Ajay Pandit Chhetri Nepal
12 Paul Cooper Uk
13 Mireille Montminy Canada
14 Sebastian Arnstedt Denmark
15 Chris Maund UK
16 Zoltan Keller Hungary
17 Zbigniew Wizner Poland
18 Glenn Hedges New Zealand
19 Thinus Redelinghuys South Africa
20 Tetsuo Shimoda USA
21 Roan Tamang Nepal
22 Ching Soo Loh Malaysia
23 Peter Butt Australia
24 Anoj Parajuli Nepal
25 Alin Maharjan Nepal
26 RajKumar Shrestha Nepal
27 Cory Wallace Canada
28 Tania Tryhorn Australia
29 Laxmi Magar Nepal
30 Yuki Ikeda Japan
31 Aayman Tamang Nepal
32 Narayan Gopal Marhajan Nepal
33 Rachael Walker Australia
34 Tito Tomasi France
35 Craig Forsyth UK

 

Day 1. November 3, 2016

Registration and Race number handover ceremony at International Guest House, Thamel.

 


 
 

Day 2. November 4, 2016

Drive to Besisahar, from where the trail stage of Race begins on Nov. 5.

   

 
 

Day 3. November 5, 2016 

Stage 1: BESI SAHAR LOOP – 33KM, 1190M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1616m) 

 

Stage 1 Result

Men's Category 
1st  :  Ajay Pandit (Nepal)
2nd :  Peter Butt (Australia)
3rd :  Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa) 

Women's Category 
1st  :  Mireille Montminy (Canada)
2nd :  Wendy Lyall  (USA)
3rd :  Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria) 

Note : During the 1st stage, Nepali rider Aayman Tamang had an accident. After thorough chek-up by the medical staff, he was diagnoised with ribs bone fracture and was advised to rest  and withdraw from the race. He will be assisted to return to Kathmandu on ambulance and was advised to go for further medical examination. 



Day 4. November 6, 2016 

Stage 2. BESI SAHAR TO CHAME – DISTANCE: 71KM, 2900M ASCENT (Max Elevation 2700m) 

 

 

Stage 2 Result

Men's Category

1st: Cory Wallace (Canada)

2nd: Ajay Pandit (Nepal)

3rd: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa)

4th: Peter Butt (Australia)

5th: Yuki Ikeda (Japan)


Women's Category:

1st: Wendy Lyall (USA)

2nd: Mireille Mintimy (Canada)

3rd: Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria)

4th: Laxmi Maharjan (Nepal)

5th: Julia Hobson (UK)


Day 5. November 7, 2016 

Stage 3. CHAME TO MANANG – DISTANCE: 30KM, 1249M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3540m) 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 


Stage 3 Result

Men's Category

1st: Cory Wallace (Canada)

2nd:  Peter Butt (Australia)

3rd: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa)

4th:Ajay Pandit (Nepal)

5th: Yuki Ikeda (Japan)

 

Women's Category:

1st: Wendy Lyall (USA)

2nd: Mireille Mintimy (Canada)

3rd: Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria)

4th: Laxmi Magar (Nepal)

5th: Rachel Walker (Australia)

Day 6. November 8, 2016 

Acclimatization/Rest Day MANANG 

 

  
 

 

Day 7. November 9, 2016 

MANANG TO THORONG PHEDI – , DISTANCE: 16KM, 1238M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4450m)

 

  

Stage 4 Result

Men's Category

1st: Cory Wallace (Canada)

2nd: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa)

3rd: Peter Butt (Australia)

4th: Raj Kumar Shrestha (Nepal)

5th: Narayan Gopal Maharjan (Nepal)

 

Women's Category:

1st: Laxmi Magar (Nepal) 

2nd: Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria)

3rd: Julia Hobson (Austria)

4th: Rachel Walker (Australia)

 

 

Day 8. November 10, 2016 

THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH – DISTANCE: 11KM, 1036M ASCENT (Max Elevation 5416m) 

 

 

 

Stage 5 Result

Men's Category

1st: Cory Wallace (Canada)

2nd:  Tito Tomasi (France)

3rd: Roan Tamang (Nepal)

4th: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa)

5th: Narayan Gopal Maharjan (Nepal)

 

Women's Category:

1st: Laxmi Magar (Nepal) 

2nd: Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria)

3rd: Julia Hobson (Austria)

4th: Rachel Walker (Australia)

 

Day 9. November 11, 2016 

MUKTINATH to GHILING – DISTANCE: 46KM, 2050M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4080m) 

 

Stage 6 Result

Men's Category

1st: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa) 

2nd: Cory Wallace (Canada) 

3rd: Yuki Ikeda (Japan)

 

 

Women's Category:

1st: Wendy Lyall (USA)

2nd:Mireille Mintimy (Canada)

3rd:Laxmi Magar (Nepal)  

 

Day 10. November 12, 2016 

GHILING to LO MANTHANG – DISTANCE: 38KM, 1400M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3979m)

 

Stage 7 Result

Men's Category

1st: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa) 

2nd: Cory Wallace (Canada) 

3rd: Peter Butt (Australia)

 

 

Women's Category:

1st: Rachel Walker (Australia)

2nd: Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria)

3rd:Laxmi Magar (Nepal) 

 

 

Day 11. November 13, 2016 

LO MANTHANG to LO MANTHANG – DISTANCE: 21KM, 450M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4072m) 

 

Stage 8 Result

Men's Category

1st: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa) 

2nd: Cory Wallace (Canada) 

3rd: Ajay Pandit (Nepal)

 

 

Women's Category:

1st: Sabrina Filzmoser (Austria)

2nd: Laxmi Magar (Nepal)

3rd: Julia Hobson (Austria)

Day 12. November 14, 2016 

LO MANTHANG to SAMAR – DISTANCE: 46KM, 2150M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4288m) 

 

Stage 9 Result

Men's Category

1st: Ajay Pandit (Nepal)

2nd: Cory Wallace (Canada) 

3rd: Thinus Redelinghus (South Africa) 

 

 

Women's Category:

1st: Julia Hobson (Austria)

2nd: Rachel Walker (Australia)

3rd:Laxmi Magar (Nepal) 

 

Race Closing Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Cory Wallace of Canada wins one of the world’s most arduous mountain bike race, The Yak Attack 2016 with an overall time of 21:03:03. South African Thinus Redelinghuys grabbed the second place with an overall time of 21:16:06. With an overall time of 22:43:22,Peter Butt of Australia came in Third whereas the local favorite Ajay Pandit Chhetri settled for the fourth position.

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