DAY 1 - 27th Sep 2014
STAGE NAME : BALKHU'S EPIPHANY
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- Woodville Palace, Ridge, Sanjaulli, Dhalli, Mashobara, Bekhulti, Sarog, Kyaartoo, Kelvi, Gadakuffar.
: A day that will get you straight into the groove. The competitive section of the day is 66 km and only 7km of this is on tar road. The surface will mostly be gravel, lose rock and mud over jeep roads. There is a small 400m singletrack on the section which might test your technical skills. Feed zones are strategically located at places where riders are likely to exhaust the most.
Route Trivia : Dedicated to Baba Bhalku, a local monk who helped the British to make an all weather route that connected Mashobra to Bakelthi. This is a forest track that runs through deep pine forests and apple orchards. We have been using some sections of this route very regularly on the MTB Himalaya route. The day ends at a 'paradise like' meadow which will be our campsite for the night.
DAY 2 - 28th Sep 2014
STAGE NAME : BALKHU'S EPIPHANY
- GadakuffarMatiana, Shilaroo, Kyara, Jal, Narkanda, Kachinghatti, Faral, Kumarsein, Kingal, Luhri, Tipaldhar, Nagaan, Shwaad.
: One of the longer stages of the race, the day starts from GadaKuffer with a 11 km stretch till Matiana. This is a gradual climb from 2190 m to 2423 m to Matiana. From Matiana, we take the highway to Shilaru (appx 5 km). We exit the highway from Shilaru and from there take a turn towards Manan. Jimunala, Jal. There onwards its all off-road till we reach Narkanda. This is a steep uphill section from Jimunala to Tethys junction. We further take the forest path from Narkanda towards KacheenGhati and following to PatiJubbar and finally Kingal. We then climb to Tippladhar and eventually end the day in Chwad
: Named after the longest of the five rivers that flows through the historic crossroad region of Punjab in Northern India, the route will take you through some flowing downhill sections with views of a meandering Sutlej cutting through the rocks.
DAY 3 - 29th Sep, 2014
STAGE NAME - CONQUEST OF THE GARH/DURGH
- Shwaad, Paneo, Shush, Jalori, Jibbi, Gadagushaini.
-Raghupur Fort (Garh) is located in Jalori Pass at an elevation of 3050 m. Providing a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayas, Dhauladhar and the Kinnaur Ranges of the Greater Himalayas, this is one of the toughest section of the race. The riders will face a really steep climb of almost 15 degrees to reach the highest point – Jalori Pass. The climb to Jalori Pass on a mountain bike is a real test of endurance and will power with a 28 Km/17 Miles steep ascent taking you from an approximate elevation of 1300 m to 3100 m, a total of 1800 m elevation gain. The pain is temporary compared to the joy of overcoming one's limits to reach the top. Aptly named, Conquest of the Garh, the conquest is not merely of the garh but of the continuous battle of the mind vs muscle!
Day 4 - 30th Sep 2014
STAGE NAME : PEDALERS VILLAGE - REST DAY(GADAGUSHANI TO CHAPLANDI)
Dedicated to the memory of the late Mr. TarunDagar, Founder & CEO of PedalersVillage,Gurgaon.
The day begins with a non -competitive 25 km sprint ,fromGadagushani to Chaplandi where we camp for the day .
The race takes you through some of the lesser travelled and amazing interiors of the Himalayan mountains, but since most of the time the riders have their eyes glued to the track, they often miss the magnificent view around them. To make the race memorable for our riders, we have incorporated a rest day at a stunning, picturesque location so that they can breathe in and absorb all that the mighty, mystic mountains have to offer.“Himalaya” is a Sanskrit word, literally meaning, "abode of the snow". The race takes you through some of the lesser travelled and amazing interiors of the Himalayan mountains, but since most of the time the riders have their eyes glued to the track, they often miss the magnificent view around them. To make the race memorable for our riders, we have incorporated a rest day at a stunning, picturesque location so that they can take in and absorb all that that the mighty, mystic mountains have to offer.
DAY 5 - 1st Oct, 2014
STAGE NAME -THE HIMALAYAN RAGA
- Gadagushaini, Khaoli, Chatri, Shawaad, Nagaan, Tipaldhar, Luhri.
Set in the lap of the mystic Himalayas, this route has regular and periodic elevation ascents and descents, much like a musical note. The day will give you a snapshot of what this beautiful yet enduring race stands for. This route is characterized by thick Cedar, Pine and Birch forests and three streams. This is also the longest day of the race and a true depiction of the Himalayas!Crickets will sing and butterflies will dance along you as you ride. The road is mixed with fast downhills, ascents and descents.
We end the day at Luhri and camp by the Sutlej.
DAY 6 - 2nd Oct, 2014
STAGE NAME - ROYAL LAP
- Luhri, Kingal, Baragaon, Chamolikhad, Nag Jubbar, Matiana, Kelvi,
The Royal Lap gets its name from Himachal’s favorite fruit, the Royal Apple. This route is characterized by the flourishing Royal Apple orchards and in the past - the center of all commercial activity for this region, part of the royal kingdom of Kumarsain and the village named 'BadaGaon' (big village).
DAY 7 - 3rd Oct,2014
STAGE NAME - LEOPARD'S PROVINCE
Gadakuffar, Matiana, Kelvi, Dharampur, Kyartoo, Sarog, Bekulthi, Mashobra, Sanjauli, IGMC, Ridge, Chalet Day School, Woodwille Palace
The Snow Leopard is the state animal of Himachal Pradesh. Although, this cat is shy and rarely spotted, our recce team has had its rendezvous with this beautiful creature on this route. The dense forests are home to Bears and Leopards, so make sure the wheels keep turning fast!