If you've been wondering how to shed those kgs gained over Dasain and Tihar, wonder no longer. The annual Kathmandu Mountain Bike Race is here on 20 November.
Organised by Kathmandu Mountain Bikes Company, a part of Himalayan Expeditions Nepal, the event promises plenty of pedalling action along the valley rim.
Some 100 participants, international and Nepalis, are expected. Of the 72 participants in last year's races, nine of the top 10 finalists were Nepalis. Our guys are getting more serious considering the sport only took root a few years back and was dominated by international racers.
The race this year will start from Panauti, pass through Lakuri Bhanjyang, Sisneri, climb up Kot Dara, and end in the foothills of Pulchoki at Godavari covering a total of 30 km. The prize money till date is Rs 10,000, Rs 7,000, and Rs 5,000 but could go up depending on the number of participants. As usual there are four categories: Open, Seniors, Below-40, and Women. One reason the prize money might not sound as attractive is that there are no foreign sponsors. Says Sharad Pradhan of KMB, "We would like to conduct the race with or without outside help." So get your gears, crank up your spirits and prepare to race.
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For more information, www.kmbnepal.com or call Sharad Pradhan 9851077385.