The world's toughest bike race: 9200km across Siberia

New Russian ultramarathon cycling event redefines what an 'extreme' bike race is all about

Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme

(Image credit: Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme)

A new cycling stage race has been introduced for 2015 that makes the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana look positively puny in comparison. The Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme in Russia is a 9200-kilometre race featuring 15 stages and a total of 58 kilometres of climbing.

The inaugural event takes place over July 14-August 6, starting in Russian capital city Moscow and then broadly following the route of the famous Trans-Siberian railway finishing in Vladivostok, on the Pacific Ocean.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.