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Silk Road Mountain Race

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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.

Distance travelled

1,372 mi

Time in motion

00:00 h

Recent Activity
  1. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    AMR 2024 // 10. Imsouane to Essaouira

    57.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,700 ft
    1. The finale of AMR 2024 will be a straight shot up the Atlantic Coast from Imsouane to Essaouira. There will be a mixture of tarmac and gravel but no major difficulties before reaching the finish line in Essaouira for a post-race beer or two.


      The exact location of the finish line still needs to be confirmed

      October 6, 2023
  2. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    135 mi
    7.6 mph
    13,475 ft
    15,175 ft
    1. This section of the route is a new addition in 2023 and will take riders from the Anti-Atlas, across the plain outside of Agadir and up to the Atlantic coast after winding their way through the Atlas.


      Final scouting of this section is soon to be completed so the exact route may change slightly. Crossing

      October 6, 2023
  3. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    71.9 mi
    7.8 mph
    7,375 ft
    8,800 ft
    1. After Tafraoute, riders will have some relatively long sections of tarmac that will speed things up, before being sent off on some pistes that have been paved with concrete. Again, the views are incredible and the roads you’ll follow themselves are as well.


      The landscape changes again and you’d be forgiven

      October 6, 2023
  4. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    78.7 mi
    7.8 mph
    7,350 ft
    7,875 ft
    1. After Issafen, riders head into another remote section, there is also very little resupply in this whole area. Do treat this section with caution and make sure you don’t get caught short with supplies. It will take longer than expected.


      When you do finally make it through, you’ll come out in the Ait Mansour

      October 6, 2023
  5. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    115 mi
    7.8 mph
    7,750 ft
    8,850 ft
    1. On their way out of Aguinane valley, riders will be treated to a short stretch of tarmac before heading off-road once more. The piste gets rough here and there will likely be some pushing required. Resupply is scarce, so be careful that you have enough to get through this section. Make sure you stock

      October 6, 2023
  6. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    47.3 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,350 ft
    1. Taznakht is one of the bigger towns on route, there are guest houses and restaurants and shops. It may not be the most picturesque town on route but it has everything you’ll need to refresh before heading back out onto the route.


      This year, the route from Tazenakht to Asseraragh is significantly shorter

      October 6, 2023
  7. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    83.6 mi
    7.2 mph
    6,025 ft
    4,400 ft
    1. Past Afra, the going gets a bit easier in terms of elevation, with the route finding its way through a network of disjointed tracks among the hills. It's sandy at times but generally rideable. Eventually, riders will reach the waterfall at Tizgui and its permanent resident, Omar. He’ll certainly invite

      October 6, 2023
  8. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    59.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    4,825 ft
    6,125 ft
    1. This next section is wild and remote, and stunningly beautiful. Think carefully about your resupply. There is even a river crossing at the beginning of this section. In 2022, this river was impassable for several hours due to flash flooding, temporarily halting the race. In 2023 there was no problem

      October 6, 2023
  9. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    81.4 mi
    7.8 mph
    5,675 ft
    7,325 ft
    1. After leaving CP1 behind, riders will head east on a short section of tarmac before going off road again as they make their way through red earth villages near Anmiter. The little singletrack through the village, albeit short, is one of my favourite details in the route.


      They’ll then head into the foothills

      October 6, 2023
  10. planned a mountain bike ride.

    October 6, 2023

    78.4 mi
    6.8 mph
    10,625 ft
    6,325 ft
    1. The race will again begin in Marrakech, at the Hotel Mogador Kasbah and Spa. This is the same location where registration will also take place. Located in the Southeast of the city, it will allow for a swift departure from Marrakech. We will have local police in place to calm traffic and escort riders

      October 6, 2023
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