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Silk Road endurance cyclist: "If you manage to stick it out to the end, then you’re doing pretty well"

Pete McNeil brought his bike, still caked in Kyrgyzstan mud, into the ITV Calendar studio

The 1,700km Silk Road Mountain Race is so tough, only a third of its competitors make it to the end. Pete McNeil, from the Hope Valley in Derbyshire, is thought to be the first British finisher – after eleven-and-a-half days on his bike.

The gruelling challenge was made harder by variations in temperature. He told Calendar's Duncan Wood and Gaynor Barnes: “Some days you were sweating in 40º heat, some nights it was –10º.”