Rob Burnett has been racing bikes for the past eight years, mostly on the road, and races for an elite amateur team in Denver, CO. When Rob isn't racing, he loves to travel, particularly to Nepal. Thor Loechell has been an avid amateur cyclist for the past 13 years, with experience on both the road and dirt.
The Yak Attack covers approximately 250 miles, over ten days, through the Himalayas. The race starts in Kathmandu and climbs northwest into the Annapurnas, a popular trekking destination, finishing in Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside town nestled in the shadows of 20,000+ ft. peaks. Stage 9, the queen stage of the race, tops out at almost 17,800 ft. above sea level, where there is half the amount of oxygen available as there is at sea level. The race is the ultimate test of skill and endurance on the mountain bike and will push riders and their equipment to the absolute limit.
Burnett and Loechell will be sharing updates and pictures throughout the race, which runs March 1 to 15.