“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 follows gravel, single and double track and old soviet roads that have long been forgotten and fallen into disrepair. There is very little tarmac. There is some walking, and at times there is great distances between resupply points.” – Silk Road Mountain Race
2018 marked the inaugural edition of this race, and was won by none other than Jay Peterary.
“I do not train,” Jay Petervary says. “I ride my bike a lot because I love to!” Jay first discovered cycling post-college, but was immediately prepping for a 500km multi-sport event. He’s logged many races in 18 years, everything from cross-country mountain bike to a cross-the-country time trial. Nowadays he rides for adventure, the longer the better. – SalsaCycles.com
This stunning set of photos was taken by Giovanni Maria Pizzato:
“I go in search of what is behind an image and at the same time substantiates it: the effort of a competing athlete, their tenacious strength, the euphoria of a goal reached, the sublime and disarming beauty of a landscape, the discreet charm of the details. The interest in travel and sport has led me to photograph competitive competitions all over the world, collaborating with various magazines and newspapers.” – Giovanni Maria Pizzato