Dhumal flags off cycling marathon in Himachal Pradesh

September 27th, 2008 - 7:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Sep 27 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Saturday flagged off country’s toughest cycling marathon, the Hercules Mountain Biking Himachal 2008, from here.More than 80 riders, including 27 foreigners, will cover 680 km in 10 days.

The average riding altitude will be 2,000 metres, with the highest point at Jalori pass (3,223 m) and lowest at Pandoh (750 m).

“This time teams from the army, the air force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police are also participating in solo men, solo women, teams and masters category,” Mohit Sood, president of the Himalyan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association, told IANS.

The marathon will conclude at Manali Oct 6.

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