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HERO MTB HIMALAYA RIDER REGISTRATION FOR THE 12TH EDITION OF ASIA’S PREMIER MOUNTAIN BIKING RACE STARTS ON 5 NOVEMBER

pppShimla 03-11-2015: The 12th edition of the race will be conducted from *24 September – 03
October 2016.* The riders will cover 650 kms in 8 days across the
Himalayas. The registrations for the 12th edition will start from *05
November 2015. *A special early bird offer entails a *discount of 25% on
the registration fee for the first 25 entries. The early bird registrations
will close on 01 Dec 2015.
Touted as one of the toughest mountain biking adventure race in the world,
the Hero MTB Himalaya successfully concluded its 11th edition on 04 October
2015 with Luis Leao Pinto taking away the crown of ‘King of the Himalayas’
as the winner in the Overall Category. The 11th edition of the race was a
huge success with 68 riders participating from over 14 countries. The 7
stage XC race was held from 27 September – 04 October 2015 in Shimla.

Internationally renowned and UCI ranked riders have participated in the
race like Luis Leao Pinto (seeded world #9), Cory Wallace (#18), Pau Zamora
(Buff Pro team member), Reimund Dietzen (German champion & Tour de France
rider), Andi Seewald (UCI ranked #16), Ilda Periera (UCI ranked #13),
Catherine Williamson (Cape Epic Winner), Sonia Lopes (the first and only
female to win non-stop 500ml Portugal Bike Race), among others.

Hero MTB Himalaya has gained a lot of popularity among international riders
and has become a go-to race on most riding calendars. By no means is it an
easy race; It is as challenging and hard as it can be. The race not only
tests the mettle of each rider but also demands a strong power of will and
mental he riders ride 620 kms through the mountains on unchartered
territories, unforeseen conditions and never-before-experienced nature. It
is a feat to cover this distance in 7 days with a net elevation gain of
50,000 ft. Even the most seasoned and professional riders found it to be a
difficult race.
The altitude and the topography is what make this race one of a kind. It is
a pure adventure race that pushes every rider to give in his best and
conquer the Himalayas. With the 12th edition in preparation, HASTPA – the
parent body, is all set to take the riders to a different level of
exhilaration and mountain biking.
An additional category has been introduced this year for the riders *– The
Grand Masters*. This category has been added for riders between the age of
51 to 60 years. The *different categories* under which the riders can
participate are:
·         Open Men Solo

·         Open Women Solo

·         Masters (40-50 years)

·         Grand Masters (51-60 years)

·         Team of Two
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