Continuing with our mission to champion the niche sports in the country, Sportskeeda has joined hands with Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Association (HASTPA) to promote the Hero MTB Himalaya, India’s premier mountain biking event.
The Hero MTB Himalaya is the oldest MTB event in the country; it is now in the 11th year of its existence. The seven-day race, covering a distance of 600 km in the picturesque Himalayan terrain, is a unique thrill-a-minute challenge that regularly attracts some of the best international riders from across the globe.
The participants have to pedal their way through gut-wrenching uphills, dangerous downhills, village back roads, beautiful meadows, thick vegetation and jeep tracks, while savoring the joys of real mountain biking. The riders live through seven days of pure adrenaline that only an adventure sport can give you, as they race through treacherous paths 3,250 metres above sea level.
The Hero MTB Himalaya has seen about 1,200 people take part through its first 10 editions. Riders from USA, Austria, Germany, Nepal and Bhutan have taken up this challenge, including the likes of Cory Wallace, Andreas Hartman, Sonia Lopes, Wolfgang Krenn, Luis Lea Pinto, Wolfgang Renner and Manuel Wesseinbacher.
The 2015 race will be flagged off on 26th September in Shimla, and after cycling through the Himalayas, will end back in Shimla on 4th October. This edition has already received confirmation from a number of high-profile international riders, and it is expected to be one of the most hard-fought MTB races in the world.
As part of our association with the event, we at Sportskeeda will be doing everything that we can to promote this high-octane race among our readers. By extensively covering the build-up to the race on our website as well as social media channels, we hope to make the unique thrills of this event accessible to India’s sports fans.
During the race Sportskeeda will be proving real-time updates, daily reports and pictures of the action taking place in the Himalayas, as well as sound bytes from the participants and organizers.
The 2015 Hero MTB Himalaya promises to be a magnificent spectacle, and Sportskeeda will make sure that adventure sports enthusiasts everywhere know all about it.