Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Planned by Silk Road Mountain Race
The biggest single ascent of the entire race in elevation gain. It’s long and tough and will quickly let riders know what they’re getting themselves into. Last year it had a real impact on the overall field of riders, with some deciding to make their way over the pass on the first day and others preferring to wait until morning. The weather on the first day can also have a big influence on riders’ decision to push on or stay put, with a thunderstorm battering riders on their way to the summit. It should definitely not be underestimated. Keep your pace steady and work your way up and over the pass at your own rhythm. The beginning of the descent is a narrow track on steep, loose rock and should be approached with caution. After a couple of kilometres the surface becomes much better and the descent is really quite enjoyable. Be careful not to damage anything on the large rocks that are strewn across the otherwise relatively good road surface.