You can ride along in life, feeling like you’re doing ok. Then out of the blue, your famously lazy best friend tells you that he’s going to cycle solo around the world - blindfolded. All of a sudden your once predictable routine has changed, and nothing will ever be quite the same again.
That’s how it is with ridiculous challenges, they are ridiculous. But deep down, in a place that, for 99% of the time is quite happy to let you binge-watch Netflix, something happens; a soft, insistent knock rises from the dark. Your inner adventurer awakes.
Newly-minted globe riders seeking untold dangers and the rewards of daring-do may well wish to cast their eyes over the Silk Road Mountain Race, a fixed route, 1700 kilometre unsupported bike ride that features over 26,000m of climbing through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
Once you’ve found it on the map (hint: it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east), and succumbed to the cinematic promotional video, settle in to read the website - this is hero stuff. With no prizes, no stopped clocks and no support, the Silk Road Mountain Race could well be the answering knock your inner adventurer has been waiting for.
Kicking off August 18th in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Quoc will be supporting one of our favourite London-based bike builders with a set of the forthcoming Gran Tourer All-Terrain Bike Shoes. This colourful bike brand will not only be riding the event but also has plans to prototype a new adventure road bike that they hope to offer as a standard model within their range after the race.
As a demonstration of the Gran Tourer’s comfort, durability and performance, we could not hope to find a better opportunity than the Silk Road Mountain Race. Look out for more news about this exciting partnership, including an interview with the builder, in the coming weeks.