THEY MADE IT!!!
Yesterday, on November 18th 2007, the first Silk Route Bicycle Race/Expedition arrived in Beijing! Over 40 intrepid cyclists from countries around the world celebrated as they crossed the finish line. Having set off on their historic journey from Istanbul, Turkey on 4th August, the Silk Route cyclists have achieved their goal of being the first modern bicycle caravan to cycle from the Mediterranean Sea to Beijing – a distance of 11 000 kms in just 107 days.
“It’s been a magic expedition” said Expedition Leader and Torontonian Shanny Hill.
“Over the past three months, we have traveled through eight countries and while we’ve experienced radical extremes in temperature, elevation and road conditions, we’ve been rewarded with incredible adventure, hospitality and cultural and scenic diversity.”
Having followed in the footsteps of Marco Polo, General Zhang Qian and Genghis Khan, through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, the 2007 Silk Route Bike Race/Expedition has been an experience like none other.
If you would like to join the cyclists who have experienced this magical time, registration for the 2008 Silk Route is now open.