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Longest Ultra-Distance Cycling Race in the World Launches in Russia (PHOTO)

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The longest multiday ultramarathon cycling race, the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme, kicked off in Moscow in the early hours of July 5.

The race, held in both solo and duo categories, was officially launched at the Teatralnaya Square in Moscow, at 5:30 a.m. on July 5, 2016.

© Photo : dropmefiles.comRed Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme - Sputnik International
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme

The participants will have to spend approximately three weeks in the saddle, navigating 5 climatic and 7 time zones along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway.

© Photo : dropmefiles.comRed Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme - Sputnik International
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme

The 9,287 kilometer race itself is split into 14 stages, ranging from 319 to 1,372 kilometers. This layout makes the event even more spectacular for those who intend to follow it via the race’s official website.

© Photo : dropmefiles.comRed Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme - Sputnik International
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme

Despite the fact that this event mostly attracts professional ultramarathon athletes, a number of amateur cyclists have also applied to take part in this ultimate contest of speed and endurance.

© Photo : dropmefiles.comRed Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme - Sputnik International
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme

The racers are expected to cross the finish line in the city of Vladivostok on July 28.

© Photo : dropmefiles.comRed Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme - Sputnik International
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
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