Sonam re­gains his ti­tle

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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.

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