Spotlight: The Silk Road Mountain Race
As I write this competitors in the 2019 edition of the Silk Road Mountain Race have been on the road or more precisely gravel trail for 5 days, covering up to 1,250kms of the 1,700km race.
(Update 24/08/19: Huge congratulations to Jakub Sliacan who has taken first place in 7 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes riding a total of 1,708kms, second place looks almost certain to go to Lael Wilcox, most likely before the end of Day 7)
Not completely dis-similar to the Tour Divide race we wrote about a while ago; The Silk Road Mountain Race is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race but this one takes riders through the remote plains & mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
As with the Tour Divide the clock does not stop and there are no prizes to be won. Racers follow gravel, single and double track and old soviet roads that have long been forgotten and fallen into disrepair. There is very little tarmac. There is some walking, and at times there are great distances between resupply points.
These long distance cycle races always make for good photos and the Silk Road Mountain Race is no exception, we’ve been living vicariously through the images posted on the official race blog, official instagram and the instagram of current race leader Lael Wilcox.
We grabbed a few shots to whet your appetite before you put your feet up for half an hour and watch ‘Wild Horses’ The Silk Road Mountain Race documentary from the good folks at PEdALED. Enjoy!