Kyrgyzstan Aiming to Become Top Cycling Destination

Kyrgyzstan plans to become a premier holiday destination for cyclists through the development of a 300 mile cycling track around a picturesque lake once used to test torpedoes. 

Kyrgyzstan plans to become a premier holiday destination for cyclists through the development of a 300 mile cycling track around a picturesque lake once used to test torpedoes.

The glacial lake, known as Lake Issyk-Kul, is surrounded by rugged terrain that already attracts thrill seekers from across the globe, however the aim of the new path is to attract those that enjoy more gentle terrain, namely the Asian and European cyclists. 

“Cycling is very popular in Europe, the United States, Russia and China and this project will be good for tourists,” said Almaz Aiylchiev, director of the large-scale project.

Every detail of the project has cycling tourism in mind. Even the name, Bai Issyk-Kul has been given to it, as it sounds like ‘bicycle’ in English.

The aim of the project is to develop the path around the outside of the lake, away from the roads. Aiylchiev then hopes that hotels and cafes will be built to accommodate the tourists.

“There are a lot of benefits for both locals and tourists,” he told press.

The project is currently backed by central and regional government and is now looking for a partner to help raise funds.