Hats off to fan-favorite endurance cyclist Sofiane Sehili (@sofianeshl) of France, the first rider across the finish line of the 2022 Silk Road Mountain Race (SRMR) in Kyrgyzstan. His impressive victory comes on the heels of his first-place finish at the 2022 Tour Divide earlier this summer and is his second SRMR win in a row. He battled it out with British rider James Hayden until the very end, arriving in Bishkek with an incredible finish time of just 7 days, 5 hours, and 6 minutes (07:05:06).
Despite some bouts of sickness and his body not cooperating early on in the race, Sofiane fought his way back and established his position at the front of the pack along the 1,895-kilometer route through the spectacular Tian Shan Mountains. In what will surely be remembered as the most challenging race route yet, Sofiane demonstrated unmatched composure, humility, and good nature, once again proving that he’s a one-of-a-kind athlete and personality in the world of ultra-endurance cycling.
This year, Sofiane was riding aboard a Vitus Rapide CRX with a RockShox Sid Ultimate 120mm fork, Hunt Trail Wide carbon wheels with a SON dynamo powering a Supernova M99 DY Pro front light and E3 tail light, Shimano XT M8100 12-speed groupset, RedShift ShockStop seatpost, Ritchey handlebars with Profile Design T3+ aero extensions, Ergon GS3 grips, a Fizik Terra Alpaca saddle, Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge tires, a Hammerhead Karoo 2 GPS, and bags my Miss Grape.
Stay tuned for more from the 2022 Silk Road Mountain Race, including finisher interviews and a feature story from one of this year’s riders. In the meantime, you can follow the event live on Instagram @silkroadmountainrace.
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