|Starting the ride with prayer|
|At the starting gate.|
They changed the rules for the gold this year - instead of getting a gold based on your time for the whole trip, it's based only on the trip to the halfway point. Hopefully this will prevent riders from taking too much risks on the descents on the way back just to meet the time cutoff.
The good news is that most of the Mangers did get gold. Whereas last year, only 3 of them even rode the event, this year, September 7, saw record participation from Team Mang with 11 riders. Each one had his or her own story about which part of the course they struggled with the most. It wasn't exactly a walk in the park. But they all still managed to have fun and take lots of pictures along the way.
|Mangers, Alings and the support crew (1) at the top of the mountain - Harry V took the picture.|