1800 hours, 26-09-2019, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India: The 15th edition of the Hero MTB Himalaya kick starts from the ridge today with the riders flagged off by the honorable governor of the state Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya. Addressing the crowd the governor admired the efforts of HASTPA in context to their work done in uplifting the sport of mountain biking in the state and engaging the youth in the sport with the help of the Himachal Tourism, Hero Cycles and state Youth Services and Sports Department. As the riders departed from the start line in group of three at a time the eight day journey for these riders has begun.
The day would be a 25 Kms leisure ride from the ridge to Dak Bangla near Mashobra where the riders will camp for the night. The race will actually begin tomorrow from Dak Bangla with the stage ending at GadaKuffer where the riders will halt for the night. A total of 506 Kms will be covered in the next seven days starting tomorrow in six stages crossing four districts testing the mettle of the riders and eventually ending at Bir in the abode of the mighty Dhauladhar.
About 100 participants from 17 countries around the world have come to participate in one of the most difficult and intense MTB race in the world. It is said that this year has the most competitive line up of riders such as seven time world 24 hr champion Jason English, three time world 24 hr champion Cory Wallace, Spanish national champion Adria Nougera, Croatian national champion Milo Pilski among the top competitors for the title ‘King of the Himalaya 2019’.
While the riders enjoy their ride around the city today the coming days will see them riding through some of the most beautiful and remote mountain sides, experiencing the rich and varied traditions and culture of the people of the state. Stay tuned!