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Uttarakhand to host intl Himalayan cycling race

ALMORA

Cyclists from across India and abroad will gather in Uttarakhand from May 6 to 14 for the Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge. The event is being organized by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and Cycling Federation of India.

Competitors will cover 576 km across eight districts. The race will be flagged off from Nainital and travel through Almora, Bageshwar, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Tehri before culminating in Dehradun. It will be conducted in six stages. Each stage will have prize money for both individuals and teams.

The registration process will begin in Nainital on May 6. Cyclists will ride 97 km via Mukteshwar, Kwarab, Sitla and halt for the night in Almora. They will start from Almora on May 7, riding 90 km Kosi, Someshwar, Kausani, Baijnath and stay in Gwaldam. The third leg spans over 105 km through Gauchar, Bagoli, Simli and Tharali with an overnight halt Rudraprayag. The next leg will be 115 km through Indranagar, Gorti, Chirbatiya, Bainoli with an overnight stay at Tehri Dam.

There will be a rest day on May 11 before the 78 km-long seventh leg from Tehri to Chinyalisur begins. This will be followed by a 79 km-long ride from Chinyalisur to Mussourie. The prize distribution ceremony will be held in Mussourie on May 14.

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