Himachal’s 1st Mountain Biking event from June 23

Shimla: In order to promote the tourism activities and cycling culture in the State and to showcase the beautiful terrain of Himachal Pradesh to the world, the 1st Mountain Biking event is being organized from Shimla to Janjehli by Hastapa in association with Himachal Tourism.
Amit Kashyap, Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday said that the four-day mountain biking race will start from Shimla on June 23 and it will culminate at Janjehli on June 26.
He informed that Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will flag off the event in Shimla on June 23.
After the flag off, the cyclist will take a round of the main town of Shimla showcasing the rich tradition, heritage and culture. This will be followed by the main race from Mashobra from June 24 and will finish at Janjehli on June 26 after three competitive stages.
Stage-1 starts on June 24 from Mashobra with a night halt at Chindi. Stage-2 begins on June 25 from Chindi to Janjehli. The race will culminate at Janjehli on June 26 in the stage 3.
The closing ceremony will be held at Janjehli.
This race will be of 180 km and go to the maximum elevation around 2750 meters at the base of Shikari Mata temple and minimum elevation of 800 meters i.e. Tattapani over mighty Satluj river.
The race route of day one would be Shimla-Sanjauli-Dhalli-Mashobra-Daak Bangla. On day 2, route would be Daak Bangla-Sipur-Baldeyan-Naldehra-Basantpur-Chaba-Sunni-Tattapani-Alsindi-KotBank-Churag-Chindi. The third day route would be Chindi-Kot Karsog market-Sanarli Shankar Dehra-Raigarh-Bulah-Janjehli market.
On the final day day route would be Janjehli-Jarol-Baniyaad-Thunag-Jarol-Janjehli.
Kashyap stated that the objective of the event is to promote cycling tourism in Himachal Pradesh and specially the beautiful tracks and trails the State has to offer. The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation is supporting the initiative of Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) under Nayi Raahein Nai Manzilein to promote tourism. This MTB event is the first of its kind to promote the unexplored areas of the state. The bikers will also witness one of the most beautiful tracks.
The participants in the race came from six districts of the State i.e. Shimla, Solan, Bilaspur, Kangra, Mandi and Kullu and there are also participants from 8 different States including Uttarakhand, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, UP, Chandigarh and J&K etc. Besides, participants of Delhi Police, SSB, Army & Indian Military Academy.(UNI) 

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