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Welcome to the Silk Road Mountain Race Podcast, a 12 part podcast series which will take you inside SRMR No 1. In the build up to the race we’ll be bringing you insight about Kyrgyzstan and its culture as well as the race itself. We’ll also be talking with a few riders about the challenges they’ll face and what brought them to Kyrgyzstan. Once the race starts we’ll have fresh content from the field thanks to our control cars that will be catching up with riders as they make their way around the race route. The podcast will be the main source of information to complement our social media feeds and what dot watchers will be able to glean from the race map.
We’re delighted to have the support of Shand Cycles for the race podcast. Shand are a UK bike company that manufacture a range of sports touring and expedition bicycles, specialising in custom builds, whose support has been instrumental in bringing you this content.
EP1-Introduction to the Silk Road Mountain Race & Interview with Nelson Trees
Released 04 July 2018
In this first episode we will introduce you to Nelson Trees, the race director and discuss how this race came about, what challenges riders can expect, some useful tips, and the general philosophy behind the race. ENJOY
EP2-Wolves, wilderness and women on bikes.
Released 04 August 2018
In the second episode we talk to a champion female bike packer on a mission to get more people riding, an adventure cyclist and writer who knows Kyrgyzstan like the back of his hand and to round the world record holder, Mark Beaumont.
EP3-Final Tips & Tricks before the start.
Released 17 August 2018
In this episode we hear from Shand Cycles, a race sponsor and participant, Jeff Liu, Shanghai-based cyclist and co-founder of the race and from Jay Petervaray, veteran endurance rider from Idaho with a great attitude on how to approach a challenge.
EP4-Hipsters, heartbreak and hallucinations
Released 19 August 2018
An Action-packed episode including interviews with riders before the race, chats to those who haven’t made it to the start line, plus insights into local Kyrgyz culture. Saddle up!
EP5 – Kegety Pass: race to the summit
Released 21 August 2018
We chat to riders as they summit the first major climb of the race (3780m), get some tips from avid dot watchers and wave off the last of the riders to start.
EP6 – Check point 1, the heat, and some tough choices
Releases 23 August 2018
We chat to riders as they pass check point 1. We also talk to some rider that have scratched and the hard choices they had to make, and last but not least some further insight into Kyrgyzstan.
EP7 – Where the wild things are
Released 26 August 2018
As well as hearing more tales from the road and some top rider profiles , we have our own mini ‘pop idol’ session.
EP8 – The end in sight
Released 28 August 2018
While the lanterne rouge riders are in a race to get to the last checkpoint before it closes, Jay Petervary pedals in to victory – and beer.
EP9 – Hallucinations, hypothermia and hunger – just another day in the SRMR.
Released 30 August 2018
Riders have the finish line in sight, but not before battling marshland, washboard and sub-zero temperature.
Meanwhile, we talk with a Bishkek entrepreneur about his plans to increase tourism in the country.
EP10 – Reflections
Released 4 November 2018
We Hear from Lee & Alina about their first SRMR experience and what impressions it has left on them.
EP11 – Looking back, looking forward
Released 5 November 2018
Nelson reflects on the successes and challenges of the first Silk Road Mountain Race, and looks ahead to future editions.
EP12 – All things good
Released 8 November 2018
A collection of riders’ thoughts about the race plus Mike Sheldrake’s poetic tribute.