The race, held in both solo and duo categories, started at the Teatralnaya Square in Moscow, July 5, 2016.
The contestants had to traverse a total of 9,117 kilometers, split into 14 stages ranging from 314 to 1,372 kilometers, across 5 climatic and 7 time zones of Russia along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway.
This year, none of the six athletes competing in the solo category managed to complete the entire track, as the 12th stage proved to be too much even to the three cyclists who managed to reach it — Russia's Alex Shchebelin, Austria's Eduard Fuchs and Marcelo Florentino Soares of Brazil – due to extreme weather conditions.
And while none of the solo cyclists could claim that he conquered the whole distance, Shchebelin ended up showing the best result among the soloists by the time they reached the finishing line.
The cycling duos fared better. Both teams that took part in the race – Germany’s Matthias Fisher and Martin Temmen and Russia’s Mikhail Manyakhin and Roman Markaryan – managed to complete all stages of the race, though in the end the German cyclists proved to be stronger than their Russian counterparts.
Be as it may, one thing is for certain – all of the cyclists who took part in the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme 2016 and managed to reach the finishing line have accomplished a feat that few people in the world are capable of.