The Silk Road Mountain Race is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.


Date: August 18, 2018

Time: 8:00 am


Cost: £250 - £300

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TBC, BISHKEK Kyrgyzstan

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

Additional Info

Registration for the first edition opens on the 24th of November. In the meantime head over to for more information! Entry fee is £250 without tracker and £300 with. You can also get a feel of the terrain from our trip coverage through Kyrgyzstan in this route guide, it follows much of the same tracks. You can follow the race on this tracker:

And, don’t miss this film below:

  • Robert Rynard

    Your google map link comes up with a tuberculosis center. 🤔

  • That’s to show how breathtaking Kyrgyzstan is!

  • Zoltan Pall

    Is this race something for a mountain bike? Or is it possible to do it with a gravel or cyclocross bike?

  • David Chirnside

    According to Nelson, possible with Gravel, Cyclocross would be pretty uncomfortable though. A few Fargo’s and Open U.P.’s lined up already, plus 1 Cutthroat and Kinesis ATR V2.

  • Zoltan Pall

    Well, I have a Genesis Croix de Fer with 40 mm max tyre clearance. Don’t know if this would be enough for the road conditions there.

  • joe

    Zoltan, I took a Genesis Alfine Day 01 (Same frame) on 35 or 40mm Mondial tyres (can’t remember) and spent 3 weeks riding around Kyz in 2013. There were some brutal sections of washboard and “boulder” strewn dirt roads as well as some pretty rough tarmac, then again other tarmac roads were being rebuilt (by the Chinese?) and were super. I wasn’t racing and wasn’t super concerned about weight but if (hopefully when) I return i’ll take bigger volume tyres.
    If it helps your thinking I also rode that bike down the GDMBR and that was gentler.

  • Juckky F

    I have both a gravel and a 29er and I don’t get the fascination with using a drop bar bike on a race like this. I’d chose the 29er with 2.2 / 2.4 tyres and carbon forks any day over my niner RLT steel.

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