The team three steppes ahead was originally composed of three travellers who desperately wanted to cross the steppes separating Italy from Mongolia (see their descriptions to understand why). In a certain way, the team still comprises three mates: Francesco, Raffaele and a cardboard standup of a Mongolian-dressed Donald Trump, who will help our lads make Mongolia Great Again.
Francesco, here in an artistic self-portrait (a selfie to use the language in vogue) taken in the toilet of a high-end bar in Antwerp, is half-British and half-Italian and is passionate about travels and adventures. He has already visited Mongolia, but that was not enough! He now wants to abandon the comfort of a 4×4 vehicle and cross it with a ramshackle car!
Raffaele (at work in the picture) is a polyglot open-minded artist and traveller. At least that’s what he says about himself. His friends prefer to call him “douchebag”. He desperately wanted to embark on this endeavour. To obtain the 1 month leave from work, he pretended to be on honeymoon. To be more credible, he organised a fake wedding. However, when he found out that the wedding was anything but fake and that the (not exactly good-looking) bride was demanding that he complied with his marital duties, he found what he needed to make the final decision to run to Mongolia.