March 3, 2010
Having completed the Arrowhead 135, Genesis-sponsored rider Paul Errington is ready for Yak Attack.
The spare room bed is again covered in gear waiting to be packed into the bag… jerseys are folded, energy bars have been organised and spares have been accounted for. I’m now 2 days away from leaving for the next challenge.. the highest race in the world.. Yak Attack, organised by Phil Evans of Extreme World Challenges.
I’m getting pretty good at this packing lark now… well I hope I am… I’m finding it hard as always to get excited about what lies ahead and I know I won’t relax until me, my bike and my luggage are safely in Kathmandu.
But every now and then between the constant organising I get a chance to look forward to the riding ahead… this is the roof of the world.. riding unlike anything I have done to date.. not only will I have to battle the competition, the climbs, pushing the single gear I am going to have to get involved with a totally new problem… altitude… can I literally breathe thin air?? 2 weeks from now I guess I’ll have an answer.
This will be the first outing in anger for the TiO titanium singlespeed I’ve been nurturing in my garage for months… its very light and fast so at least I have no bike worries… and with DT providing some suspension forks for the trip it’s going to be sheer luxury.