Following 2018’s tough inaugural endurance stage race, the Silk Road Mountain Race (SRMR), through Kyrgyzstan, performance cycling clothing brand PEdAL ED has unveiled the 2019 route. Event entries opened for next year’s event on 1st December.
PEdAL ED is supporting the SRMR in 2019 – an arduous, unsupported single-stage bike race through the wilderness of Kyrgyzstan. A modified route is now unveiled for next year’s race, and entries are open.
The clothing PEdAL ED supplies to its riders – from the new Tokaido Polartec and Hikari winter ranges – is targeted at comfort. The company notes that it apparel is tough enough to withstand the rigours of this brutal event, and keep the riders, including SRMR organiser Nelson Trees, in relative comfort through their extreme trial.
The first edition of the SRMR saw 94 starters take on 1,700km of unsupported riding, featuring some 26,000m of climbing through the remote and challenging landscapes of the Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It presents an array of testing riding and surfaces including gravel, singletrack, river crossings, military checkpoints and some steep gradients. There are 4,000m high mountain passes and 40ºC deserts. 30 of those 94 on the start line made it to the end this year.
An undeniably demanding 2018 route was compounded by unseasonably harsh August weather – making demands on riders, bikes and their equipment even more extreme.
Since its formation in 2007, PEdAL ED clothing has become well established in the road cycling arena for ‘combining the best Italian manufacturing tradition and Japanese design style’. It is also gaining recognition from endurance riders for comfort and durability during more exacting long-distance events. It was through its existing relationship with endurance cyclist Nelson Trees that PEdAL ED became heavily involved in the SRMR.
Sponsored riders wore items from PEdAL ED’s Tokaido Alpha collection. This includes a jacket, vest, neck warmer socks and gloves. Made using Polartec Alpha material, the apparel is designed to be lightweight yet insulating, thermo-regulating and breathable.
Jacopo Porreca, PEdAL ED Brand Manager said “Having worked with Nelson for the last two Transcontinental Races, we were delighted when he approached us to support the development of the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race. We are super-excited to have been involved right from the start and it was incredible to travel with the race through Kyrgyzstan, particularly as there had never been a race like this there before.”
SRMR organiser Nelson Trees said “It’s exciting to be able to announce the route for 2019’s race, entries for which open on 1st December! Based on this year’s event we are changing the entry process for next year’s event, focusing on riders’ experience and approach to surviving in a mountain environment, being prepared to cope with extreme weather conditions and difficult terrain. 500km of the route will be new next year.”
PEdAL ED recently unveiled a documentary movie charting the 2018 SRMR experience. It was premiered at a sold-out event at London’s Look Mum No Hands cycling venue.
“PEdAL ED’s film was a fantastic snapshot of the race,” said SRMR organiser Nelson Trees. “It captured the spirit of the event – what the riders went through, how tough the conditions were and what Kyrgystan is like. It was like being back in the mountains watching the conditions and terrain changing so rapidly and dramatically. Thanks to PEdAL ED for their support in the first event and ongoing with the SRMR.”
The 2018 SRMR documentary will be available online and through PEdAL ED’s social media channels soon.