“There’s also the possibility of going back to the Tour Divide to set a new fastest known time, because this year’s route had to be changed slightly.
“I have something I really want to do, but it’s not a race. It’s actually a record. I want to set a new fastest time for the crossing of the Eurasian supercontinent, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. Although I can’t do it now, I’ll keep this somewhere in the back of my mind, hoping for peace.”
The Tour Divide is a 4200km race along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in North America. It starts in Banff, Canada and finishes in Antelope Wells on the Mexico border. It traverses the Rocky Mountains and is the most revered off-road cycling race in the United States, possibly the world.
Sofiane won the 2022 race in an incredible time of 14 days, 16 hours and 36 minutes. Riding for such extended periods can be draining, not only on the body but also the mind. A fact Sofiane appreciates even more after completing the ride of a lifetime.