The annual Rally Mongolia 2014 is set to start on August 10 and continue for eight days. International racers will cross 4,000 kilometers through Govisumber, Uvurkhangai and Arkhangai provinces to complete the rally. The rally is for both automobiles and motorcycles.
The rally mostly crossed Gobi areas in previous years and since 1994, has only followed routes with wheel tracks on grasslands out of consideration for the environment. It starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar.
Male Mongolian drivers have been actively participating in the rally since the start and men have been crowned the rally’s champion ten times in the motorcycle category and eight times in the automobile category.
Female Mongolian drivers joined the rally for the first time last year. This year, five Mongolian women have already registered to vie for the title of champion. Racers Kh.Oyuntuya, Ch.Battsetseg and G.Battsetseg are members of the Mongolian Female Motorcyclists Group (MFMG), while the other two are drivers of Eco Motorsport travel club.
The MFMG was founded in July 2013 and aims to include women in official categories in Mongolian motorsport tournaments and rallies, train female racers, and increase the participation of female Mongolian racers in international motorcycle rallies.
Japan-based SSER Organization and the Mongolian Automobile Motorcycle Sports Federation are jointly organizing the rally and celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
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