In 2019 start ceremony takes place in Siberia — Irkutsk welcomes the racers.On their way towards the finish point, the competitors will cross five climate zones, and Mongolia is expected to propose the greatest discoveries.Rally route ends in China.
The first stage will shake everybody up: 51 kilometers along the narrow roads in Siberian taiga. On the first kilometers the track is hard and stony, not easy to find an opportunity to overcome. Forest roads, river beds and dusty Siberian hills are the first steps into an amazing racing journey. All those that will meet all the challenges of the day will get some rest at an enjoyable rally bivouac, situated right on the Baikal lake shores.>
20% stony roads, 80% gravel
The second stage will go along stony roads – upwards through a mountain pass, then downwards, and… a real tire challenge: not to lose one’s wheels, pace and speed. That day all crews will get to enjoy diverse landscapes: mountains, taiga, various bridges across the rivers mixed with fast navigation and search of the correct direction among the Siberian hills. Find the path and rush at full speed towards the finish line across steppe plateaus!
95% gravel, 5% stony road
There is some tricky navigation among the hills on the way from Buryatia to Mongolia. Cars go up and down through the hills, following the steps of wild animals. This area has many dangerous ravines but is also rich with absolutely magnificent landscapes! It is a true challenge for navigators: dozens of path crossings and even more parallel tracks. The route then goes upwards – halfway to finish the altitude reaches 1,000 meters. You’ll have foothills, covered with forest, and picturesque rivers after the first 150 kilometers, but one shouldn’t get lost in contemplation – small river beds are able to bring a big danger. The track continues to go higher and offers you a breathtaking view from the altitude of 1,500 meters, a perfect spot for photo and video shooting. The rest of selective section is set on a plateau with many parallel tracks.
70% gravel; 20% sandy roads; 10% stony roads
It is a circle stage from Ulaanbaatar to Ulaanbaatar with start and finish points just two kilometers away from the bivouac. Accept the challenge of dry creek beds, low hills and endless steppe roads of Mongolia! Competitors will drive through stony plateaus, between picturesque rocks and salty lakes. Beware of wild animals: they are fond of racing too! The second half of the route offers some beautiful landscapes on a track across stony pyramids and rocks. This section may affect the day’s classification, so one should get ready to deal with hard navigation and high speed on steppe roads.
75% gravel; 25% stony roads
The fifth stage is set along Mongolia’s signature tracks: hills, steppes, off-road driving and many parallel paths, which may misdirect the inattentive ones. There are tourist zones, monuments and stony hollows on the route. Trying to escape from the heat, the track then leads the racers into the mountains, where they are required to seek for their speedy path across plateau at the altitude of 1,600 meters.
75% gravel; 25% stony roads
This is a section with fast and wide steppe roads. The main task of each competitor is to follow the road book. Constant changes of direction among picturesque nature will never let you get bored, and various waypoints will lead your way to the finish.
This day rally caravan crosses the border, enters China and reaches the first Chinese bivouac.
30% dunes; 10% sand; 25% stony road; 35% gravel
The eighth stage is not only the longest, after some rest during a “no race” day, but also the most challenging one, as it offers a full variety of surface. The first high dunes will set an initial challenge for those with little driving experience, and after catching the correct direction one will face a range of new obstacles – not just sands, but also dry river beds, ravines, canyons and steppes. The closer to finish, the faster one needs to move.
30% dunes; 10% sand; 60% gravel.
The ninth stage starts from the finish point of previous day. It will be a fast and beautiful route, mostly set along sandy roads. This is the moment when one gets to admire amazing fixed dunes of Gobi Desert. The next part on your way to finish is slower, as bumps and dunettes are mixed here with dry river beds, but the last kilometers will be very fast.
10% sands; 20% stony roads; 70% gravel
The last racing stage starts in the foothills and becomes harder and more technical with every next kilometer, going through the canyons, across plateaus, along twisting roads and dry river beds. After covering the half of section, racers will reach a valley. The last kilometers are set along a smooth and fast ground road, which will define the rally champion..
Rally route ends in China, where long-awaited dunes will set competitors a final challenge in their pursuit of Tiger Cup, the signature trophy of Silk Way Rally 2019.