The Toughest Mountain Biking Race of India – Hero MTB Shimla Flags Off Today

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Hero MTB Shimla 2016  kicks off today with over 100 Cyclists from around the World participating in this year’s edition of the race.

Hero MTB Shimla 2016

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Sweat it Out with Hero MTB Himalaya

A total of 100 cyclists will be competing in the fifth edition of the Hero MTB Himalaya Shimla edition. The riders will pedal their way through uphill tracks, speedy downhill tracks, village-back roads, meadows and jeep tracks as they travel around 120 kilometer in two days. The event, which will see participation from Germany, Belgium, Hungary etc. will be flagged off by Brigadier S.K. Lama, who heads the Army Training Command.

Champion City

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Renowed World Cyclists like Louis Pinto & Andi Seewald are part of the event

For the first time in the challenge it won’t just be riders that will be competing with each other but also the cities. HASTPA has introduced the “champion city” format for the first time. Riders will be representing their cities and will be collectively competing on behalf of their respective cities. there would be nine teams, comprising Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Noida, that will enter the city championship. For a city to qualify for the championship a minimum of three riders must be representing that city.

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Team SSB for this year’s race

There will be four categories at this year’s race. They are open men, open master solo, students and open women solo. Rider Devender Thakur, second runner-up in MTB national championship and winner of the last two editions of MTB Shimla, Shiven, under-19 national champion, and Johan Bentick from Holland, who has scored well in MTB races in India, are competing in this event.

It will also see youngsters like Akshit Gaur, Sanchit Sood, Adhiraj, Rohan, Gaurish Shyam as young as 14 to 17 years be a part of the event.

All About MTB Himalaya

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Hero MTB Himalaya takes you through awe inspiring views

Himachal’s unique position as a mountain bike destination comes from its outstanding natural environment and its overall availability of constructed and natural routes.The Blue Mountains, spectacular sunrises, lush greenery delicately balanced with human existence forming the most perfect embroidered image hand crafted by the creator of this universe. The scenery becomes the protagonist of the most telling tale of an extraordinary test of human endurance and passion. Mountain Biking Himalaya is not an event but an experience.

As the challenge pedals into its 12th year of survival through the toughest terrains, MTB Himalaya volunteers to ride further, higher up as MTB Himalaya.

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Renowed Portuguese Cyclist Sonia Lopes at Last year’s race

Yes, the challenge this year is to ride through and explore the depths and mysteries of the majestic Himalayas. The stunning scenery of Shimla, Rohru, Narkanda, Chanshal Valley along with the strenuous cycling expedition make MTB Himalaya an enduring experience.

MTB Himalaya is the ideal adventure for people who seek a getaway from the dusty city life, want to enjoy the cool weather and experience the Adrenalin rush that make the heart go thump thump thump.

The Face Behind MTB Himalaya

Ashish Sood is the Director for MTB Shimla and is responsible for formulating the race structure and brand strategy. Before making Mountain Biking a full time career, Ashish was managing a good corporate job. Yet he knew there had to be more.

Ashish Sood
Ashish Sood

Something popped up in his head about combining his love of mountain biking and training since no one else seemed to be doing a very good job of creating a good program for riders in India. Since that moment the man didn’t look back.

A Post Graduate in Operations Management from the State University of New York, Ashish Sood has had stints with Tata Consultancy Services, US Deptt. of Education and Hewlett Packard.

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  • Kedar

    Huge fan of MTB Himalaya. Could not take part this season/. Will train for October’s event now 🙂

    • Sahil

      Found out about the event recently. Me too great fan

    • All the best.

  • Kunal Patrawala

    Nobody promotes cycling in India. Glad that MTB Himalaya does

    • Sahil


  • Sahil

    Can somebody tell me how to take part in this event and how to train ?

  • Niyati

    Will be a part of this someday 🙂

  • Karan Sharma

    My one of favorite event. Will participate next year for sure 🙂 Thank you for the post mockbank.

    • All the best for next year 🙂

    • Sahil

      Me also