Phil Evans- Race director and original founder of Yak Attack
Phil is from Shropshire, UK and has been involved with mountain bikes ever since the late 80’s, when he worked as a cycle mechanic on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. Also an intrepid traveller, he has visited numerous countries over the years and has accomplished such feats as cycling the Alaska Highway unsupported, cycling across the West Australia desert to Ayers Rock and a 3 day traverse of the Annapurna circuit, and has now crossed the Thorong La pass in Nepal an incredible 10 times !!
Apart from overseeing the current series of races, Phil is responsible for discovering new and exciting locations to ensure the Yak Attack brand continues to push the boundaries for mountain bike adventure racing.
Richard Williams – Director of brand development and overseeing the expansion of the Yak Attack Foundation
Richard is originally from Pembrokeshire, Wales, but is currently living in Switzerland. After travelling extensively, including an Annapurna Circuit trek in 1998 and cycling the Leh-Manali highway in 2005, Richard moved to Switzerland in 2005 to work for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria; a UN agency.
In 2009, Richard decided to change direction from international development, and founded Holy Cow, a fast food gourmet burger outlet, and opened 5 restaurants over the next 4 years. In 2012, he started the Burger Love Foundation, which supported local health and social associations for young people in the French speaking part of Switzerland. After taking part in the 2013 Yak Attack, Richard went onto to develop the Ravenswell Foundation, which provides small grants for young people or groups in developing countries striving to succeed in entrepreneurship or sport.
More recently, Richard has developed small brands focused on coffee roasting and cider making. Richard is now a member of the Yak Attack team, taking care of brand development as well as developing the Yak Attack Foundation’s performance-based funding model. When he is not sat behind his laptop, Richard can be found roasting coffee in Lausanne or making cider up in the Jura hills!
Ajay Pandit Chhetri – The YakAttack series race consultant
Ajay is the current Nepal National mountain bike champion and 4 times Yak Attack winner. He has also raced in many of the worlds higher profile mountain bike races, including the Cape Epic and La Ruta. His wealth of experience on the racing scene makes him an invaluable member of the YakAttack team during the developmental stage of each race and, as the series expands, Ajay will be overseeing all of our Asia races.
As well as playing a key role in the expansion of the Yak Attack series, Ajay will also be leading the Yak Attack Adventure holidays (to be launched shortly), as well as conducting his own “high performance” tours through this fledgling company, MTB-Nepal.
Not one to sit on his laurels, Ajay will shortly be embarking on a training course to become a TorqFitness accredited coach with a view to passing on his expertise to up and coming Nepali riders. It looks like Ajay is going to have a busy future !!