Sonam regains his title
Sonam from Aman Kora regains his title of the Son of the Dragon who stood first in the 268 Km Tour of the Dragons from Bumthang to Thimphu. He covered the distance in 11 hours 55 minutes and 52 seconds. Mr. Raj Kumar Shestra from Nepal stood second by covering the distance in 12 hours 24 minutes and 35 seconds .Mr. Narayan Gopal Maharjan, also from Nepal, came in third. The tour of the dragon is the world’s toughest mountain bike race. This year, 40 cyclists from all over the world are taking part in the race. The race was created by His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel U. Wangchuck, President of the Bhutan Olympic Committee and an all around sportsman and keen biking enthusiast.
Considered one of the most challenging one-day events in the world, the race covers 268 kilometers of absolutely stunning Himalayan landscapes as it takes cyclists from central to western Bhutan. Bikers will traverse indomitable mountains, travel through pristine, virgin forests, over babbling streams and raging rivers of crystal clear water and across four high mountain passes.
Set amid the high mountains of Bhutan, the race covers elevations ranging from 1,200-3,340 meters. Much like the infamous Paris Roubix, the Tour of the Dragon is a trial that no self-respecting cyclist will want to pass up.
The race is held on the first Saturday of September every year. This is the perfect time for the race as the monsoons have just ended and the cool, crisp autumn weather is just starting to set in as the heat of summer fades. The event is being organized by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.