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100 cyclists to participate in Hero MTB Himalaya

IANS  |  Shimla 

Over 100 cyclists will participate in the two-day Hero -- edition race that will be flagged off from here on Friday, event organisers said on Thursday.

For the first time, the race takes the riders through some of the most pristine parts of the or the foothills of the Himalayas.

The riders will pedal their way through uphill off-road tracks, meadows, thick vegetation and jeep tracks as they travel around 120 km in two days with an elevation gain of 3,500 metres. The highest elevation is of 2,350 metres across a new route.

The race route starting in takes the riders through Kufri, Mashobra, Craigneno, located at an altitude of 7,700 ft on the and will culminate in Shimla, Mohit Sood, of the and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA), told IANS.

The ride takes the participants through some age-old paths that date back to the British era, including the

This year the race will witness participation from 108 participants from seven countries -- India, Nepal, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and

Professional teams, including Hero Action Team, Steadfast Nutrition, Merida team, and riders from paramilitary force will be taking part.

boy David Kumar, the winner of the last edition of Hero Shimla, will be defending his of Shivalik title this year.

German Sarah Appelt, 28, who rides for Hero Action Team will be defending her of Shivaliks title to score a hattrick this season.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:40 IST