Fascinated with mountain biking? Sikkim, renowned for being a hub of adventure sports, is all set to host a thrilling mountain bike race from 16th June, 2018. Sikkim is known for its incredible landscape and spellbinding beauty, and this race being held is the highest of its kind in the world.
What is the race all about?
The Sikkim mountain race, which is called the EPIC 17K, is the highest mountain biking race in the world. The mountain biking race promises to be a thrilling and challenging event as the riders battle the steep climbs and negotiate the sharp bends. The race, which is now in its second edition, is being organized to give it a worldwide popularity and put it on the mountain biking calendar worldwide. The themes of the race is “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” and “Secure Himalayas”.
When is the mountain biking race being organized?
The Sikkim mountain biking race is being held from 26th June, 2018.
Who will participate in the race?
The race, in its first edition, saw the participation of just local riders. This time though, the race will consist of participants from India, Nepal and Bhutan.
How much distance will the race cover?
The mountain biking race will consist of four stages while covering a distance of 330km. On the first day, riders will start from Mangan and ride all the way to Lachung town. The second day will see riders start the race from Lachung and continue to Yumesamdong before returning to Lachung. On the third day, the racers will ride from Lachung to Thangu along with the Lachen axis. On the final day, the riders will ride from Thangu to Gurudongmar Lake, which is also the final destination of the race. Obstacles throughout the race will increase with each stage. While the Indian Army will provide medical and logistical support throughout the race, the rescue team will be led by a renowned Everester, Kazi Sherpa.
Who is organizing the race?
The race is being organized by the Sikkim North District Administration in collaboration with a adventure Company.
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