Right before the Race – Yak Attack 2013

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Yak Attack is back and our riders have arrived. With a few returning ones, a few first timers, and with our very own Nepali riders, this event is the talk of the town. Excitement is in the air.

For those of you, who are not aware, Yak Attack is the highest and one of the toughest mountain bike races on the planet.

Each rider is thrilled and geared up for this exhilarating adventure. Some are also fixing up their Go Pro’s on the bikes.  For some, it is their first time in Nepal and they are excited to explore this country through Yak Attack, while the others are looking forward to having Dal Bhaat in the mountains.

For most foreign riders, Yak Attack is their way to discover the beautiful Annapurna Circuit.

While its still 3 more days to go, the foreign riders are making the most by exploring the valley, riding around the city.

One of them is Sonya Looney. This American rider is back for the second time at the Yak Attack. She is one of the only two female riders this year. With a few days on hand before the race begins, she has plans to ride to Bhaktapur and explore Boudha and Patan area as well.

Sonya Looney exploring Patan Durbar Square

Sonya Looney exploring Patan Durbar Square

Sonya has been riding for 9 years and has raced in 9 countries outside of the US, of which Nepal is her favourite destination for racing. She likes Nepal, for its culture and the adventure the trail brings along. For her Yak Attack is all about survival. “I love it because, it’s just not about being fast, it’s about survival.” Riding is her way of discovering a country. She races, because she likes to tell a story about her experience.

While everybody is excited, are they really prepared? Yes and no! The riders are ready to be amazed. “You don’t know what the race will throw back at you. You must expect the unexpected.” – said one of the riders.

Text and Images: Mithila Jariwala

mithila@nepalsutra.com

 

 

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