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  1. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    07:44
    41.1 mi
    5.3 mph
    7,725 ft
    7,825 ft
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      From Kaindy, there is one final challenge before reaching the finish line on the north shore of Issyk-Kul, near the fishing town of Balyckhy. We have found a new final pass, its a little lower than last year's Kok-Ayrik, reaching around 3350m. It also includes its fair share of hike a bike but the good news is that the descent is entirely ride-able, a welcome change from the land-slide strewn ex-road that was the final stretch in 2019! the exact location for the finish line is not yet set but it will be at one of the resorts along the shore of the lake.

      • October 31, 2019

  2. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    08:07
    65.2 mi
    8.0 mph
    5,925 ft
    4,550 ft
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      This year, we again head towards the Chong Kemin valley in the home stretch of the race. However, with the additional kilometres and meters of climbing early on in the race, we've cut the bonus climbs. We doubt that they will be sorely missed. We did keep the lower portion of the valley down to the main road though, keeping riders off the highway as much as possible. We've also reduced the tarmac section in Chong Kemin valley, with riders crossing the river earlier on, and coming to the village of Kaindy from the other side.

      • October 31, 2019

  3. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    08:58
    65.5 mi
    7.3 mph
    5,325 ft
    9,925 ft
    Juliette and 🌀Dietrich🌀 like this.
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      After descending Tuz Pass, riders will head back towards the Karakol valley and up the south face of Kegeti pass. We may have removed the pass from the start of the race, but we preferred it over Shamsi pass at this stage of the race. The south face is much shorter, but also more difficult than the longer northern side of the pass, with extensive damage to the road towards the top. The descent down to the town of Kegeti will likely leave an ear to ear grin on most riders' faces. Its definitely one of the best in the country.

      • October 31, 2019

  4. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    05:33
    34.5 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,700 ft
    4,975 ft
    🌀Dietrich🌀 likes this.
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      The Silk Road yurt camp at Son-Kul will again host an SRMR Checkpoint, albeit the third rather than first in the race. It will provide the opportunity for some much needed rest and hot food. This year, riders will tackle the short sharp hills along the northern shore after leaving this island of warmth, rather than on their final push towards it. The descent down Tuz Ashuu will also likely be more enjoyable than the push up in previous races.

      • October 31, 2019

  5. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    08:09
    58.4 mi
    7.2 mph
    5,575 ft
    2,050 ft
    🌀Dietrich🌀 likes this.
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      Riders will climb up to Son-Kul and Checkpoint Three by what has been an iconic descent in previous editions: Moldo Pass. Its much less steep than Tuz Pass and should allow riders to stay on the bike for almost the entire climb. We'll again pass by Jangy Talap and possibly the best/only proper coffee in the entire area!

      • October 31, 2019

  6. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    07:27
    54.4 mi
    7.3 mph
    3,825 ft
    7,625 ft
    🌀Dietrich🌀 likes this.
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      Riders will head out of Tash Rabat valley and join up with familiar roads, on their way to Mels Pass and the stunning views down onto the canyons before Baetov. For those that haven't been here before its likely the most spectacular direction to visit this stretch of road with the canyons after the pass revealed in a single flourish. For returning veterans, having the vista out in front of them will likely still cast a fresh light on one of the most beautiful views in the country. In Baetov, riders will be able to refresh, resupply and even spend the night in the hotel that is quickly becoming a major stopping point for a lot of riders in the race.

      • October 31, 2019

  7. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    03:26
    24.2 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    2,850 ft
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    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      The route to reach Tash Rabat, a 15th Century Silk Road Caravanserai, will include some hike a bike up to the pass but also some really nice single track for at least part of the descent. Time-wise it should be similar to following the tarmac around, but it will definitely be more scenic and avoids doubling back up and down Tash Rabat valley. Tash Rabat passes itself reaches up to 3964m.

      • October 31, 2019

  8. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    06:15
    43.9 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,475 ft
    75 ft
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      Riders will then head along the familiarly eerie and foreboding border zone with China. This year though, they'll turn off before they reach the smooth tarmac of the Chinese Highway and head towards Chatyr Kul and an alternate route to Tash Rabat. This may or may not be a welcome change depending on their riding preferences.

      • October 31, 2019

  9. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    02:09
    13.9 mi
    6.5 mph
    1,575 ft
    2,325 ft
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      After the relative comfort and warmth of the yurt camp at Kel Suu, riders will have to tackle the seriously steep Old Soviet Road on their way out of the valley. It may only be a couple kilometres but it will take time and effort to make it up and out of the valley. Most, if not all riders, agree the view is generally worth the suffering! The single track down to the Ak-Say valley is also some of the best in the race.

      • October 31, 2019

  10. Silk Road Mountain Race planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 29, 2019

    12:10
    88.2 mi
    7.2 mph
    7,775 ft
    3,575 ft
    1. Silk Road Mountain Race

      After leaving Naryn, riders will head down familiar roads on their way to Checkpoint 2 which will again be hosted by a yurt camp in the village of Kok-Kiya near Kel Suu lake. The entrance to the valley is truly spectacular and a definite highlight in previous editions. Due to the change in direction there is another short loop here, to allow riders to enter the same way as last year and leave via the Old Soviet Road.

      • October 31, 2019

About Silk Road Mountain Race

The Silk Road Mountain Race is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The clock does not stop and there are no prizes. 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 there will be great distances between resupply points.

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