Dantak to organize “Challenge 60- sixty “race
Project Dantak will be organizing The 5th Open Mountain Bike Race to commemorate its 54th Raising Day in Bhutan. The race this year holds is of special significance as it coincides with the 60th Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck and has been aptly named as the “Challenge 60- Sixty ”. The race has been planned for 19th April, (Sunday) to enable maximum participation including that of school children. The journey has been planned along the picturesque Thimphu – Chuzom - Paro- Drugyel – Paro - Thimphu road covering 120 km.
Mountain biking being a growing sport in the country, Dantak is organizing the race in collaboration with the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) for professional conduct of the event and also to ensure maximum participation from all cycling enthusiasts. To encourage maximum participation, the race has been widely promoted by Project Dantak & BOC by way of advertisements on BOC website, Face book page, SMS campaign, BBS, FM Radio Channel and bill boards displayed at prominent places.
As in the past there is no registration fee for participation and attractive cash prizes are planned for open and women categories. The first prize in both categories will be awarded Nu 65,000 and similarly the second, third, fourth & fifth prize has been fixed at Nu 45,000, Nu. 25, 000, Nu. 15,000 and Nu 10,000 respectively. In order to motivate youth, this year a special category for children under 16 has been introduced with cash prizes for the winner and runners up. This category will be awarded Nu 15,000/ & Nu 10,000/respectively.
The flagging off of the race will be at 8 AM from Changlimithang stadium and the closing ceremony has been planned at the Thimphu Clock Tower. To add to the festivities, a Dantak Fete will also be set up, comprising of stalls with attractive items and Indian food from the Dantak Wet Canteen, Takti Canteen and local Bhutanese cuisine. The celebration at Clock Tower will also witness a performance from SIFAR, a rock band from India, sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, the DANTAK Jazz Band and young dancers and performers from the M Studio Group.