Motorcycling is in my family, and even though I and my brother was raised without them, we somehow both ended up with motorcycles being a major part of what defines us. My father used to ride dirt bikes (and race) in the army, and I have photos of my grandmother riding in WW2. Since I was 14 I knew the bike I wanted was a R1150GS Adv - big enoguh to travel long distances and adventurous to take me to places I have never heard of. I got my license at the earliest opportunity and have been riding daily since. I study maps during work hours (guilty) of places I wish to explore, spend hours figuring out how to mount my soft luggage, and day dream about seeing what nature, geology/geography, ecosystems/fauna the world has to offer. The motorcycling nature of RfR puts it in its own league of adventure travel.

Tom Medema developed a passion for national parks at a young age on family vacations throughout the American west. This passion turned into a career as a park ranger spanning nearly 30 years. Tom is equally passionate about national parks and public lands around the world and has worked with parks and monuments in South America and Europe as a subject matter expert in the field of interpretation and education. The opportunity to support the protection of natural and cultural heritage of parks and protected areas around the world is an opportunity he is excited and humbled to be a part of.
Tom is a sports and outdoor enthusiast, spending much of his free time enjoying two-wheeled travel by mountain bike, road bike, and motorbike. Over the past 20 years he has owned Harley-Davidson and BMW bikes and is currently riding an F800GS on the back roads and trails of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia in preparation for the next epic and compelling adventure protecting the worlds special places one motorcycle at a time.

Growing up in Reno, NV, Bryon grew up taking full advantage of the outdoors. Hiking, camping, fly fishing, and mountain biking filled Bryon’s childhood and it wasn’t until he moved to Berkeley, CA for college that he got his first taste of motorcycles. While at the University of California Berkeley, Bryon helped to build the world’s first autonomous motorcycle, Ghostrider. Working on that project got him hooked on motorcycles for life. One bike led to 2, then 3 and is currently at 9, although most don’t currently work (but will soon). In 2013 he completed an Iron Butt ride around NV and still looks for any opportunity to take on a new challenge or adventure on a motorcycle.
When not spending time working on motorcycles and cars, Bryon has a real job working at a company building agricultural robots.
After watching “The Long Way Round” Bryon put Mongolia on the top of his bucket list of places to travel. It was a quick decision to join Rally for Rangers after finding out he could ride motorcycles and do something valuable for the national parks of Mongolia.

Lance was born to be an adventurer. Early days in Minnesota with a pack of cousins on mini-bikes and fishing skiffs kindled a life-long love of the outdoors and passion for two-wheeled travel. Fishing led to climbing and after a stint in the Navy he became serious about alpinism. Climbing and skiing led to work as a guide in the US, Europe and Latin America. “I’ve been fortunate to spend time in so many wild places around the world. Preserving and protecting them for future generations is really important to me.” A 2004 trail ride down the Baja 1000 route cemented offroad enduro riding as his new passion.
“Some of my outdoorsy friends assumed that off-roading ran counter to conservation and stewardship of wild lands. My friend Kacey Smith, avid Baja rider and guidebook author calls herself a tree hugging dirt biker. That could be a tagline for Rally for Rangers!” Naturally, when Lance heard about the Rally for Rangers, he signed up immediately. Lance rode in the 2017 rally to Otgontenger and is excited to return to Mongolia in 2018. “Mongolia is one of those places that exists in our imaginations as the embodiment of wild and untamed. It’s worth saving.” Lance invites you to join this grass roots movement, where the simple gift of some little motorcycles pays such exponential dividends.

Anna’s first foray into the two-wheeled world had a less than auspicious start when she whiskey throttled her rental scooter onto a sidewalk during her college fall break in the Bahamas. Nevertheless, she persisted.  Upon moving to San Francisco at the age of 27, she purchased a used motorcycle and for weeks practiced riding around the empty streets at dawn.  Motorcycling quickly became a passion of hers and before she knew it was commuting daily on a motorcycle, spending her weekends riding the back roads of the Bay Area, and boring all her very patient non-rider friends with nonstop chatter about bikes.
Anna works in construction robotics and when she’s not exploring California on her much-loved Street Triple R and trusty WR250R enjoys cooking, SCUBA, snowboarding, camping, traveling, and hosting pig roasts. She also recently launched a wine label called “Countersteer” and is excited to be able to combine her interests in wine and motorcycling (although obviously not at the same time).
Anna knew she wanted to participate in Rally for Rangers the instant she heard about the program through friends.  Her first dual sport adventure, a 2,500-mile trip along the Carretera Austral to Ushuaia, was an unforgettable experience that opened her eyes to the joys of exploring the hidden corners of the earth on two wheels.  Given the positive impact motorcycles have had on her life, she is particularly inspired by the mission of Rally for Rangers —to better the lives of those who are working hard to protect Mongolia’s natural resources—and is honored to have been chosen to take part in this year’s Rally.

His family lived in the Altai for many generations and what is now parkland used to be their pastures. As result, he has seen how the park was initially set up and later how the Takhi horses reintroduction project unfolded. After working as a volunteer ranger between 2001-2003, since 2004 became a full-time ranger.

“Being a ranger in the Gobi is not easy. Salary is small and there is not much available in terms of technical support. However, this is my ancestors land and I take pride in contributing my share to protect it”.

He lives with his wife and two children.

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Son of former superintendent of Great Gobi B National Park, Dalaitseren spent his childhood traveling in the park with his dad, who was instrumental in the reintroduction of the Takhi, Przewalski’s horse. After his father’s untimely passing he decided to become a biologist. Went to the National University of Mongolia to become a biologist and in 2017 came back to Altai and joined the park administration.

Leads studies on Takhi, Black-Tailed Gazelle and Khulan, wild donkey.

Since his childhood, he rode racehorses and participated in competitions around the country including several international races. Loves photography and soccer.

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After serving in the Mongolian army for 20 years as a music squad leader Nisehkhuu was discharged right during the democratic revolution of 1989. Worked herding animals until 1994, when he applied for work at the newly formed Great Gobi B National Park administration and since then working as a ranger.

Lives in Altai with his wife. Loves breeding fast horses. He holds several medals from music competitions and proud of his younger son who is a locally-known wrestler.

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Native of Gobi-Altai province, Buyantogtokh spent his childhood by the Great Gobi B National Park. He moved to the city after serving in the military and worked in the private sector for almost 10 years. He recently moved back to his hometown in 2018 and started working as a ranger. He is an adept rider and a fast learner. Buyantogtokh is a single father of two beautiful daughters. His wife passed away in 6 years ago from a car accident.  

Buyantogtokh is the first ranger in Great Gobi B National Park whose job solely focuses on the protection of Przewalski’s horses – the only truly wild horses in existence. 

Native to the Altai region, Myagmarjav lived and worked here all his life. During 2005-2009 worked at the Environment Department of the local governor’s office. Since 2014 started working at the Great Gobi B National Park as a ranger.

In his younger years, he wrestled in local competitions, loves to sing, and plays volleyball. Married and has five children. His wife works as a kindergarten teacher.

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