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.

The 12th edition of Yak Attack, the highest altitude mountain bike competition, kicked off from Besi Sahar of Lamjung on Thursday. In all, 33 international riders--29 male and four female--from 12 countries are competing in the event, the starting point of which falls under one of the globally-acclaimed hiking destinations Annapurna circuit.

Yak Attack 2018, Nepal, Itinerary:

  • November 3rd– Race registration at International Guesthouse, Thamel
  • November 4th – Transfer by coach of riders, luggage and bikes to Besi Sahar (approx 6 hours)
  • November 5th to 11th – Yak Attack 2018 – Besi Sahar to Pokhara via Thorong La pass, approx 200km
  • November 12th – Private coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (approx 8 hours)


STAGE 1 : 
For 2018 were heading back to Taal, a beautiful settlement on the banks of the Marshyangdi river. This stage takes you from Besi Sahar to Taal. There are plenty of ups and just a few downs today. We’ll be climbing up to 1700m above sea level. The climbs can be steep on loose rock and there will be a number of water crossings. From around 20km to the finish the course becomes very tough, with long technical climbs.

STAGE 2 : After a very tough climb out of Taal and then another in about 20km’s time the trail starts to level a little. There’s a  likelihood the riders will encounter their first sections of snow during this stage and long sections of deep mud could be a possibility. The temperature starts to drop, the air gets thinner and the mountain scenery more spectacular as we draw ever closer to Manang.

STAGE 3 : “Into thin air” – The shortest stage, distance wise, at only 16km, but on average it takes the riders longer than the 64km stage 2 !! 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 4 : The Pass” – The stage everybody fears. A 5km hike a bike starting in the dark, through possible snow and freezing temperatures takes the riders to the highest point of the race, Thorong La at 5416m. Now Yak Attack is in November, the ride down from the pass should be mainly snow free and one of the best 20km descents of your life!!

STAGE 5 : “To the finish line” – As its the first Fast and Furious version for sometime, we’re throwing in a whole bunch of singletrack on the last day to spice things up a bit. We’re keeping these trails to ourselves until the last moment but be assured that you’re not going to want this final day to end!!

 

Yak Attack 2018, Participants List:

 

S.N  Rider Nationality
1 Cory Wallace Canada
2 Okesh Bajracharya Nepal
3 Roan Tamang Nepal
4 Andres Gamboa Costa Rica
5 Pierre Castagne Belgium
6 Anoj Parajuli Nepal
7 Harka Lama Nepal
8 Laxman Malla Nepal
9 Jose Teixeira Portugal
10 Jose Maria Ordejon Spain
11 Kiran Malla Nepal
12 Christian Burdess Uk
13 Karen Hill Australia
14 Ian Jones UK
15 Vincent Gouverneur Belgium
16 Tyler McMahon USA
17 Raj Kumar Shrestha Nepal
18 Alan Turner UK
19 Laxmi Magar Nepal
20 Serge Van Vuchelen Belgium
21 Glen Pendry UK
22 Greg McGoldrick Australia
23 Fabricio Quinones Colombia
24 Nienke Oostra Netherland
25 Carlos Torres Ecuador
26 Maximillian Stohr Italy
27 Franck Gardrat France
28 Brett Foss Sawziland
29 Tom How UK
30 Bikash Parajuli Nepal
31 Giampietro Marion Italy

Day 1: Registration and Race number handover ceremony at International Guest House, Thamel.

 

Day 2: Drive to Besisahar, from where the trail stage of Race begins on Nov. 5.

Stage 1: BESI SAHAR TO TAAL 

Stage 1 Result

Open male
1. Cory Wallace
2. Okesh Bajracharya
3. Roan Tamang

Open Female
1. Karen Hill
2. Laxmi Magar
3. Nienke Oostra

Stage 2: TAAL TO MANANG 

Stage 2 Result

Open male
1. Cory Wallace
2. Okesh Bajracharya
3. Roan Tamang

Open Female
1. Karen Hill
2. Laxmi Magar
3. Nienke Oostra

Stage 3: MANANG TO THORANG PHEDI

Stage 3 Result

Open male
1. Cory Wallace
2. Okesh Bajracharya
3. Roan Tamang

Open Female
1. Karen Hill
2. Laxmi Magar
3. Nienke Oostra

Stage 4: THORANG PHEDI TO KAGBENI 

Stage 4 Result

Open male
1. Cory Wallace
2. Roan Tamang 
3. Okesh Bajracharya 

Open Female
1. Karen Hill
2. Laxmi Magar
3. Nienke Oostra

Stage 5: KAGBENI TO KALAPANI 

Stage 5 Result

Open male
1. Cory Wallace
2. Okesh Bajracharya
3. Roan Tamang

Open Female
1. Karen Hill
2. Laxmi Magar
3. Nienke Oostra


Yak Attack 2018, Overall Standing

 

Position Rider Nationality
1 Cory Wallace Canada
2 Roan Taman Nepal
3 Okesh Bajracharya Nepal
4 Anoj Parajuli  Nepal
5 Harka Lama Nepal
6 Kiran Malla Nepal
7 Pierre Castagne Belgium
8 Kiran Malla Nepal
9 Karen Hill UK
10 Jose Teixeira Portugal
11 Jose Maria Ordejon Spain
12 Andres Gamboa Costa Rica
13 Tyler McMahon USA
14 Laxmi Magar Nepal
15 Ian Jones UK
16 Serge Van Vuchelen Belgium
17 Raj Kumar Shrestha Nepal
18 Vincent Gouverneur Belgium
19 Glen Pendry UK 
20 Carlos Torres Spain
21 Fabricio Quinones Colombia
22 Alan Turner UK
23 Tom How Australia
24 Greg McGoldrick Netherland
25 Brett Foss Swaziland
26 Nienke Oostra Netharland
27 Franck Gardrat France
28 Maximillian Stohr Italy
29 Bikash Parajuli Nepal
30 Christian Burdess UK
31 Giampietro Marion Italy

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