The Silk Road Mountain Race is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race through the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. It will follow gravel, single and double track and old soviet roads that have long been forgotten and fallen into disrepair. There will be very little tarmac. There may be some walking and at times and there will be great distances between resupply points. The clock with not stop. There will be no prizes.
The race starts on the 17th of August 2019 with a ‘grand départ’ from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Riders will follow a 1670 kilometer fixed route that passes through three staffed control points. They will need to get a stamp in their brevet card at each, before finally heading to the finish line in Cholpon Ata, a beach resort on the north shore of lake Issyk-Kul, for a well deserved post-race beer or two. To earn a successful finish they will need to complete the course before the end of the after party on the 31st of August.
How tough it will be cannot be understated, but as Mike Hall once said, “Nothing that’s worth anything is ever easy.” This race will be a true demonstration of this sentiment.
Entries for the race are now open and will close on the 31st of December at midnight.
Make sure to check out our Q&A with the 2018 event winner, Jay Petervary. See that here.