The world’s toughest bike race? Watch cyclists riding 9200km across Siberia (video)

Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme

The Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme is the cycling stage race that makes the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana look positively puny in comparison.

For the fourth time, in 2018 a number of international athletes will compete in the toughest bicycle race on the roads of Russia for 25 days in 15 stages to reach their destination in Vladivostok on August 17.

Following the Trans-Siberian Railway, the race leaves from the Russian capital Moscow to finish on the Pacific coast and the riders cover 9,200 kilometres in 23 days. This year’s race was so gruelling that none of the riders in the ‘Solo’ category actually managed to cover the total racing distance.

The second edition of the event featured 14 stages ranging from 314 to 1,372 km in length. The riders stopped in the cities of Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Svobodny and Khabarovsk before finishing in Vladivostok.


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