An American Won The Breath-Taking 268km Tour Of The Dragon Mountain Bike Race In Bhutan

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The 268 km race is considered as the toughest one-day mountain bike race in the world.

(Source: Tour of the dragon)

 

By Sonam Pem | BBS

Introducing the top three winners

Aaron Bayard, an American set an impressive record by completing the 9th Tour of The Dragon race in 11 hours, eleven minutes and 42 seconds on 1 Sept.

Norbu from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) came in second after completing the race in 12 hours and three minutes.

 

Source: Tour of the dragon

 

The third position went to Tashi Namgyal, again from RBA for completing the race in 12 hours and 15 minutes.

The race flagged off from Bumthang on 1 Sept at 2 am and ended in the evening at the clock tower in Thimphu.

More about the Tour of the Dragon Mountain Bike Race

The ‘Tour of the Dragon’ is neither a road bike race nor a classic mountain bike race. It is categorised as an ultra-marathon mountain bike race because of the very challenging roads and rough terrain which racers had to bike through.

 

Source: Tourism Council of Bhutan

 

The race starts in Bumthang and spans 268 km which will take the racers through four astounding mountain passes before finishing in the capital city of Thimphu.

Along the way, cyclists will have the privilege of passing through Bhutan’s most enchanting countryside, charming villages and pristine forests.

Participants who took part in the race this year

The 268 km race is considered as the toughest one-day mountain bike race in the world due to the distance, high elevation and varying climatic conditions which cyclists will have to endure.

 

Source: Tour of the dragon

 

However, this does not discourage the 48 bikers who participated in this year’s Tour of the Dragon race which includes 17 international participants.

Regarded as an experience of a lifetime, the Tour of the Dragon Mountain Bike Race was organised by the Bhutan Olympic Committee. Participants are each entitled to a finisher’s certificate and event t-shirt.

 

This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 


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