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