The Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme ultra-stage bicycle race will set off from Moscow on July 18, 2017. For the third time a number of international athletes will compete in the toughest bicycle race on the roads of Russia for 25 days in 14 stages to reach their destination in Vladivostok on August 11.

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.

The cyclists spent more than three weeks in the saddle as they competed in two categories: Solo and Duo.

There were six Solo riders at the start 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 had 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 from the 12th stage because of the adverse weather conditions. 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.

In the Duo category, both teams completed the whole race with Germany’s Martin Temmen and Matthias Fischer outpacing Russian rivals Mikhail Manyakhin and Roman Markaryan.



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