Jesse Blough (Pronounced like: “blau,” he says), is an ultra-endurance cyclist, ultra runner, and creator of NW Competitive. Jesse recently announced he'll be directing a hardcore, self-supported mountain biking race called The Big Lonely. It will take you on a tour of the land of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs which many of you know as the land where Bend, OR is situated.
He shared his experience biking the world's toughest mountain race in Kyrgystan after breaking his leg in 3 places and having a rod nailed through the femur to hold it together in Episode 130 "Comebacks." Go there next and listen!
Jesse shared so many really interesting details about his trip and what it takes to pack a bike all the way to Kyrgystan, and we're sharing those with you below.
Interesting stuff that Jesse shared with us about his experience going to The Silk Road Mountain Race in Kyrgyzstan that we really wanted to share with you!
Jesse's trip Logistics:
30+ hours of planes. Jesse and his wife went PDX>NYC>Moscow>Bishkek.
Bike gets partially disassembled and packed tightly in a bike bag (evoc travel bag pro) with all gear.
It was nerve-wracking to hope that my bike would make it safely to the tiny airport in Kyrgyzstan, along with everything else you need to survive for the duration of the race (bivy, sleeping bag, clothing, food). I was so nervous that the luggage handlers would just throw my bike around — a bike that I spent thousands of dollars and most of a year building to be the best possible machine for the race - and break it. I remember watching out of the window of the plane in Istanbul to see if my bike made it from one plane to the other. Fortunately mine did, but a few participants in the race weren’t so lucky.
World Nomad Games
Jesse and his wife attended the World Nomad Games in Cholpon Ata — a nomadic peoples’ Olympics — after the race. There’s acrobatic archery, dozens of forms of wrestling, horse racing, falconry, and a variety of other sports. Kok-Boru was the highlight (according to Jesse), where teams on horseback play polo with a freshly slaughtered headless goat carcass. Blood everywhere. (eeeeewwwwwww!)
Tim and Angel
The goat in the picture lives in Silverton, CO, and tried to kill us. We survived to bring you this dirtbag wisdom for the ages.