Sonam re­gains his ti­tle in the 8th Tour of the Dragon

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Sonam 38, from Paro re­gains his ti­tle of the son of the dragon who stood first in 8th Tour of the Dragon race held yes­ter­day. He cov­ered the dis­tance of 268 kms from Bumthang to Thim­phu in 12 hrs 37 min­utes.

Raj Ku­mar Shrestha 26, from Nepal fin­ished the race in 13 hrs. 11 min­utes and stood sec­ond.

The tour of the dragon race was cre­ated by His Royal High­ness Prince Ji­gyel U. Wangchuck, Pres­i­dent of the Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee and is 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.

This year 35 par­tic­i­pants took part in the event which in­cludes 2 women and 33 men. Twenty Bhutanese in­clud­ing one women par­tic­i­pated in the event.

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