Last Wednesday night I flew out from London to Mongolia to be hosted by the Mongolian Cycling Federation to discuss a potential partnership for the future.
I met with Kris,from Kuai Sport Promotion in Beijing to travel together into Ulan Bator.For both of us was the first time travelling to Mongolia and the excitement was fuelling our feeling of joy.
Arrived in UB, Naran Zundui the general secretary picked us up to take us to the hotel & then to visit the beautiful Genghis Khan Square and the museum of the History of Mongolia.
Naran, prepared us an intense program for our 3 days visit in UB and the first evening we had the pleasure to meet up for with the President of the Mongolian Olympic Committee,a former Olympic silver medallist to discuss about cycling in Mongolia.
The following day we travelled around to various cycling sites in the capital to then finish off at the office of the Mongolian Cycling Federation situated at the Olympic Centre in UB.
I presented the MCF with the samples kit for the National Cycling Team to discuss the potential relationship of SD to be the Kit Supplier to be worn by the National Team at UCI world championships, UCI races & at the Olympic Games.
SD is pleased to announce that the Mongolian Cycling Team will be wearing SaddleDrunk clothing until the end of 2020.
To celebrate the great news for us, Naran & the president took us to dinner to an amazing Mongolian Restaurant.
The Mongolian cuisine is a rich diet consisted mainly in Mutton,Yak,Horse & beef products. The landscape is ideal for those animals . Green Grasslands with the freedom to move,free from pollution & clear blue sky, made those Mongolian delicacies on the top 3 on my list out of 56 countries I have visited so far in my life time.
On Easter Sunday we were whisked away from UB to the “TERELJ NATIONAL PARK” on a 4x4 vehicle , which made me that we were not going via normal roads but off-road. Infact I was not wrong ,I was just astonished by the sceneries of the landscape , the piece and calm of the surroundings ,the warmth of the people along the villages and the stunning Mongolian Ger Villages.
My conclusions from this short trip is that I will return to Mongolia to visit more of this beautiful country.I will certainly spend more time in this country which it is 5 times the size of France.
I would like to say thank you very much to Naran for the great hospitality and for looking after us 24/7. Thank you very also to everyone we met that made us welcomed.