September 6, 2013 (Mongolia) - Stage Six of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea is the longest stage of this edition at 170 kilometres. Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) and Maral-erdene Batmunkh (Genco Tour Team) jumped ahead of a large peloton of 30 riders (including the top 5 women in the GC Category) early in the race and were able to build their lead to thirteen minutes. At 120 kilometres in, Marcel Zamora (Buff-Niner), who lead a break from the main peloton, was able to overtake them and hold his lead to the finish-line. Wallace (Kona) and Sager (Jamis) lead a surge from the main peloton to gather up the rest of the riders and finish second and third on the day.
In the Women’s category, Catherine Williamson (Bizhub-Energas) came in a strong first followed by Sonya Looney (Topeak-Ergon) while Erin Wallace was able to fight off an early charge from Douglas, Schulz and Thompson to secure third place on the day.
In the Team of Three category Maral-erdene Batmunkh, Altansukh Altanzul and Munkhtulga Erdensuren were able to maintain their overall lead heading into tomorrow’s final stage.
September 5, 2013 (Mongolia) - The sun came out for Stage Five of the Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea. It was a 96 kilometre loop with 1400 metres of climbing from the Berkh Mountains along the Kherlen River. The stage began with a GPM at the 30 kilometre marker and another climb to follow soon after at the 52 kilometre marker. Soon after the second climb a course marking issue caused the lead riders to go off course. Times were recorded for the men’s leaders at this point. Wallace (Kona) came first followed by Frendo (Oyu Tolgoi) and Sager (Jamis). The top three in the GC remains Wallace, Ortiz then Frendo.
Catherine Williamson continued to dominate the women’s race, however the group behind her saw some new faces today with Bethany Thompson and Jennifer Shulz riding in the group with Sonya Looney, Jessica Douglas, and Erin Greene. The race concluded with Williamson, Looney and Greene taking first, second and third, respectively.
September 4, 2013 (Mongolia) - Stage Four of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea began from the camp at 2000 meters in the Khan Khentii Mountains and ended in the Berkh Mountain along the Kherlen River. The track conditions were dry and fast and a tail wind followed the racers most of the day. Welcome conditions from the wet, muddy condition of the Stage 3. The race organizers choose to abbreviate the stage from the original 175 kilometres to 95 kilometres due to the logistical challenges the athletes were required to endure during the transfer in the afternoon of Stage Three which was cancelled after the 40 kilometre mark due to high river levels.
The Men’s race continued to involve a number of strong athletes. The lead pack consisting of Wallace (Kona), Turner (Jamis), Sager (Jamis), Frendo (Oyu Tolgoi), Ortiz (Selle SMP) and the Mongolian rider, Altanzol Altansukh (Genco Tour Bureau). The top three places came down to a sprint with Sager taking the stage followed closely by Frendo and Turner.
The Men’s GC results after Stage Four have Wallace in the lead with Ortiz 6:43 minutes back and Frendo 9:57 back.
In the women’s race Williamson’s road racing pedigree proved valuable as she was able to stay in the peloton with the higher end of the men’s field and add to her lead over Looney, Greene and Douglas.
The Women’s GC remains Williamson(Bizhub-Energas), Looney (Topeak Ergon) and Greene (Endura NZ) respectively.