Company: NHK – Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Section: DOCUMENTARY – INDIVIDUAL SPORT
Director: Nobuhisa Ikehara
Editing: Yasuo Sato
Photo: Mitsuo Maekawa, Jun Hiraga, Ryo Aoki, Shigeru Fujita.
Voice Off: Eric Kelso
Producer: Nihon Denpa News Co., Ltd. For NHK Enterprises, Inc.
CoProducer: Nihon Denpa News Co., Ltd.
Time: 49 min
“Great Race” is a sports documentary series that follows extreme races which cover hundreds of kilometers and exceed the limits of body and spirit, races that athletes say change their lives. The stage for this episode is the great plain of Mongolia, in what is considered the most severe bicycle race in the world taking place here, where the temperature swings 30°C between day and night and strong winds course across the plain. The total distance is 900 km. The top riders in the world participate, reaching speeds of 80 km/h completing the course in 7 days.