Silk Way Rally is one of the most large-scale competition in the world of cross-country rallies.
The first edition took place in 2009 and connected Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. At that time the rally was conducted at the initiative of the presidents of these three countries, who were also personally present on the award ceremony. The rally name “Silk Way” represents the Eurasian nature of the race and its meaning for the connection of all countries in the area of the ancient Silk Way. From 2010 to 2013 about one thousand racers on their cars and trucks represented 30 world countries on the rally.
In 2016, thanks to the support of rally general partner Gazprom, Silk Way Rally reached a new level: rally route for the first time in its history crossed Russia, Kazakhstan and China from Moscow to Beijing. Such decision was made to emphasize the active development of diplomatic, social and economic relations between Russia and China.
Since 2016, the rally has taken form of a transcontinental rally marathon, uniting the sportsmen from dozens of countries on the unique route along the ancient Silk Road.
In 2019 Silk Way Rally sets off from Irkutsk on July 6. After that the competitors will proceed to the world’s deepest lake, Baikal, and reach the first bivouac. While the racers are exploring new regions, TV audience gets an opportunity to follow them on their way across East Siberia, Russian taiga forests, Mongolian steppes, Chinese plains and the sands of Gobi desert. Finish ceremony will take place on July 16 in a picturesque town of Dunhuang right at the foot of the high dunes.
This year Silk Way Rally, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of its inception, reaches a completely new level by becoming one of the key rounds of FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. The July’s race will be the longest competition for motorcyclists in the framework of the Championship, providing racing teams and ambitious racers a valuable chance to gain points on a marathon route in the battle for the champion cup.
Rally Organizers continue to create new opportunities for the competitors: in 2019 Silk Way Rally will become a Candidate Rally for FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, which is the main racing series in the discipline. By changing the status of a traditional race, the rally reaches an entirely new level of organization, being from now on strictly supervised by FIA.
For the edition of 2019 Organizers have chosen the most challenging geographic areas with terrains, suitable for rallying, so this year the racing track will cover five climate zones! After the final route exploration, so-called ‘reconnaissance’, which is scheduled on April, organizers will announce the details of a new route, which is already being developed for more than a half-year.