MTB Himalaya cycle race starts on Sunday

Shimla, Sep 24 (IANS) The 12th edition of the Hero MTB Himalaya cycle race is all set to begin from Shimla on Sunday. It will conclude at Dharamshala on October 3 after covering 650 kms of Himalayan track in eight days.

The event is organised by the Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA).

The Hero Action Team which is sponsoring the Indian team was conceptualised by HASTPA and Hero Cycles in 2014 with an objective to provide a platform and ecosystem for budding biking talent in the country.

The race will be done in eight stages, and every day there will be a different base camp on the tricky track.

According to HASTPA spokesperson Ashish Sood: “This year, we are expecting 60 entries. Several world famous riders, including seven woman riders, have confirmed their participation.”

Pankaj Munjal, Chairman and MD Hero Cycles, said: “Mountain biking is a sport that requires a high degree of training, stamina and passion for biking in the high terrain. The sport has gained a encouraging following in recent years but we want to expand its reach to more youngsters in the country.”

–IANS

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