Sonya Looney talks about the Yak Attack in Nepal

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Sonya Looney on the Yak Attack

Learn more of Sonya's Adventure at Colorado Daily or at her blog

What is the Yak Attack?

Taken from Yak Attack Website
Taking place in the mighty Himalaya, comprising of 10 stages, covering 400km and with a total altitude gain of over 12000m this race throws every obstacle under the sun at the adventurous riders daring to take it on.

There's the altitude - the course peaks at 5416m, where oxygen levels are only 50% of those at sea level. There's the weather - upto 30c over the first 4 days and then rapidly decreasing to a frostbite inducing -15c (before wind chill) as the race crosses the Thorong La pass. Then there's the terrain, bike wreckingly rough descents, soft sand climbs, streams, suspension bridges, mud, landslides and invariably snow.

Receiving accolades from previous competitors such as "This is the most awesome riding I've ever done", to "This isn't racing, its torture", Yak Attack is not just a race, its a life experience. It will take you on a roller coaster, both literally and emotionally and will ultimately leave you battered and bruised but with unforgettable memories of a beautiful country inhabited by beautiful people.

Local cycling celebrity Sonya Loony, recently talked with the Colorado Daily about her adventure she had in Nepal doing the "Yak Attack"


The Yak Attack – an epic journey of the body and spirit. The adventure is over and yet it feels like it’s just begun. I honestly do not know where to start. How about the beginning? I can sit here and tell you how each stage happened, about the culture, about the journey of overcoming adversity, about the amazing people I met along the way, how fortunate we are in our lives, things I want to go back to Nepal to do, things I wish I could have done better, how my life is changed from visiting the beautiful, impoverished country. I could write paragraphs on the beauty of simplicity. I will tell you my post stage race blues are magnified this time around compared to other races I’ve done. I want to write something good, something memorable and inspiring, but the pressure I’m putting on myself makes it nearly impossible to write, so I’ll just start typing. There is so much to tell. I can save the eloquence for a magazine article and give you the full ride from start to finish, sparing no details.

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