Race Preview | The HERO MTB Himalaya Stage Race
Mountain biking in Asia has seemingly developed leaps and bounds in the past few years, which, unbeknown to some, could be vastly attributed to by HASTPA (the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association).
Running the oldest, toughest and apparently most successful MTB stage race, the Hero MTB Himalaya, the innovative organisation are once again putting on another anticipated event; a nine day, 500km event, taking place from 26th September to 4th October. Riders are categorised into 4 levels of ability; Open Men Solo, Open Women Solo, Team of Two Open and Master Solo.
A statement released from Team HASTPA describes the event – “From tough uphills to spiralling downhills, from crossing streams to sleeping under the stars – the race gives a beautiful tour of the wonder that is the Himalayas.”
HASTPA have also created a mini version of this event, the UT MTB Shimla, which took place between 3rd and 5th April with a distance of 105km and 3024m of climbing.
For more info, visit: mtbhimalaya.com
Words: Andrew Richardson