Tour of the Dragon

  • Departs: 09/06/2014

An extremely challenging mountain bike race that takes participants through central and western Bhutan

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.

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September 6, 2014

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An extremely challenging mountain bike race that takes participants through central and western Bhutan

 

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 Bhutan Olympic Committee presents the one day Mountain bikerace, The Tour of the Dragon.

The race is aptly named the Tour of the Dragon, not only because it is being held in Bhutan, which is also called the Land of the Thunder Dragon, but also because of its difficulty.

As difficult as it is to conquer a dragon, so is it difficult to complete the race! This race is one of the most grueling bike races, if not the most, in the world.

The race not only is the most challenging one day event in the world but also one of the most beautiful – taking one by pristine natural surroundings including some of the last virgin forest in the world. It is definitely the most scenic, taking one through different but uninterrupted ecosystem and high mountain passes that open up to view of some of the highest peaks in the world – stretched across the horizon.

Any self respecting cyclist would know about Paris Roubaix which is often called the Hell of the North or A Sunday in Hell – considered the most challenging one day race in the world and the Tour of the Dragon is just 3 km longer. The tar road of the Tour of the Dragon (from Bumthang, Central Bhutan to Thimphu, West Bhutan) would feel almost as cobbled as the route of the Paris Roubaix. But on the road of the Hell of the North, the elevation does not cross 685m while on the Tour of the Dragon, the starting elevation is 2700m and climbs up to 3340m. In total, during the race, one gains 3790m and loses 3950m.

Canadian XC Mountain Biking Community: One champion rider is going to the Kingdom of Bhutan to ride in the 2013 Tour of the Dragon – http://www.qenergydrink.com/pages/tour-of-the-dragon.html

Source : http://www.tourofthedragon.com/