The 7th stage of the 2019 Silk Road Rally has no special stage, and replaced it with a long connecting section. Since then, the rally left Mongolia and came to China. The transition is over, and the desert stage officially kicks off!
As we all know, for a long-distance cross-country rally, only the dune stage and the navigation in the middle of the dune are the important stages that determine success or failure. For the riders in the three groups of motorcycles, cars and trucks, the established standings are likely to face major changes with the start of the desert stage.
Before the start of the desert stage, let us review the wonderful moments in Russia and Mongolia.
After nearly a day’s hard trek, the large troops arrived at the camp in the evening. Let’s also enjoy the wonderful shots of the Houqi camp.
The eighth stage: Bayin Baolige – Alxa
Total length of road section: 785.11 km
Special stage: 326.60 km
30% dunes, 10% sand, 25% rocky, 35% gravel
After a day of “resting” from driving, Stage 8 was not only the longest, but also covered a variety of terrain. The first few dunes will present a slight challenge for less experienced riders, but if navigated correctly, the real challenge will emerge in the following stages: dunes, river beds, ditches, canyons and grassland. The closer to the finish line, the higher the speed requirement.