9,287 km, 14 stages, 24 days – these are the key facts of the world’s longest cycle race – the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme. On this second 28-day extreme cycling marathon, international athletes cycled along the route of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Each stage varied between 320km to 1,400km each. The routes have been slightly modified from last year because of changing road conditions. The team cycled through through Nizhniy Novgorod, Kazan, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita, Svobodny and Khabarovsk.

This is the longest bicycle race in the world, longer even that the Race Across America or the Tour de France, and starts a new chapter in the history of ultra-stage bicycle races. This redefines the meaning of the word ‘extreme.’

The race started early in the morning in Moscow on the 5th of July and ended in a triumphant celebration in Vladivostok on the 28th of July. An experienced support team providing medical, physio and mechanical services, as well as food, made sure that bikers reach their ultimate results with professional and high-quality care.

Last year four solo cyclists from Austria, Belgium, UK and Russia, and three duo teams from Germany, Italy and Russia, completed the premiere of the longest ultra-stage race in the world. The 2015 solo winner Kristof Allegaert from Belgium completed 15 stages in 318 hours and 57 minutes with an average speed of 28.6kph (17.7mph) and the Russian duo team, Olympic gold medalist Mikhail Ignatiev and scratch race world champion Ivan Kovalev, won the duo category in 282 hours and 16 minutes at an average speed of 32.6kph (20.2mph).

This year, six solo riders started the race in Moscow. Alexei Shchebelin (Russia), Andreas Fuchs and Eduard Fuchs (Austria), Pascal Pich (France), Marcelo Florentino Soares (Brazil) and Pwinn Rujikietkhomjron (Thailand). But three of them pulled out of the competition by the end of the fifth stage for different reasons.

The three remaining cyclists, Shchebelin, Eduard Fuchs and Florentino Soares, all withdrew at the 12th stage because of the adverse weather conditions. The 12th stage covers a whopping 1,372km, starting in Chita and finishing in the Russian Far East. Unlike last year, when two riders managed to complete the whole race, there was no outright winner this time out. But local hero Shchebelin did finish first in the time sheets.

Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme has already drawn the attention of a large number of cyclists from all over the world. Anyone who feels they have what it takes to overcome almost 10,000km on a bike can apply to participate. The race will accept only 20 cyclists in 2017, all chosen and evaluated by the race organisers. Registration is ongoing for both solo and duo categories.