I passed an advertisement for this event just the other day while I was walking to the park and just had to find out more. I am not a massive rally fan, but I have been to events as a spectator before. What I found out about the Silk Way Rally 2016 really piqued my interest.
This massive rally event is on a scale to rival the greats like Dakar. In fact, the Silk Way rally was a part of ASO’s Dakar series in 2009 to 2011, but has since been dropped. It is early days for this annual event though and it may well be added back into the lineup in the future.
The competitors in the Silk Way Rally 2016 will compete from the 8th till the 24th of July. Their route passes through a total of four countries on the way from Moscow to Beijing. The Drivers will cross the often harsh and unforgiving and stunningly beautiful terrain of Central Asia. Notable stops include Kazan, Astana, Almaty and Urumqi. Most importantly, this route takes the teams through the Gobi Desert. This will really challenge them and push the vehicles to the limit.
Unless you have a lot of money, competing in this event is a bit of a pipe dream. However, you can enjoy it as a spectator. All along the route there will be spectator zones set up. There is even an option to gain access to the rally drivers bivouac and interact with the teams.
A summer holiday planned around the course of the rally could be a great way to see Central Asia! You can see off the drivers at the opening ceremony in Red Square on the 8th of July.
If you have been to any of the past Silk Way Rally events, it would be great to hear about your experience in the comments below.