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Mahajan brothers to take part in toughest mountain biking ‘death race’

The race known as ‘Tour of Dragon’, extends 268 km from Bumthang to Thimphu and includes four mountain passes, whose altitudes ranging from 1200 metres to 3400 metres. 

cities Updated: Jul 23, 2017 13:26 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
Mahajan brothers,Mahendra Mahajan,Hitendra Mahajan
(From left) Hitendra Mahajan, Pravin Patil, MD, Starkenn Sports and Mahendra Mahajan.(HT PHOTO)

After their novice attempt in 2012, the Mahajan brothers Mahendra and Hitendra are all set to conquer the world’s toughest one-day mountain biking race in Bhutan.

The race known as ‘Tour of Dragon’, extends 268 km from Bumthang to Thimphu and includes four mountain passes, whose altitudes ranging from 1200 metres to 3400 metres.

“The race will be flagged off at 2am and riders are required to finish the distance within 16 hours. The final cut-off is at the Dochula pass and if you pass through the check point before 6pm, you are allowed to finish the race. Due to the difficult terrain, low visibility, clouds and high altitude, this race is one of the most challenging races and it’s also called as the Death Race,” said Hitendra Mahajan.

“When we had participated in the Tour of Dragon for the first time, we were totally amateurs. We did not know the technicalities and we had rented the bikes from Thimphu. It wasn’t a good decision as the bikes troubled us a lot. But this time, we are much more prepared mentally after the experience of RAAM and Golden Quadrangle. With the brand new Giant bikes, we are sure that will perform better this time,” added Mahendra.

Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd. announced the appointment of cycling enthusiast duo Dr Hitendra Mahajan and Dr Mahendra Mahajan as its new brand ambassadors. As a part of this association, Starkenn has handed over Giant’s 2017 XTC Advanced 3 cycles to the Mahajan Brothers.

Speaking on the occasion Pravin Patil, MD and CEO, Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd said, “We have always extended our support to athletes and those who are committed to creating awareness about cycling as a sport. We are also committed to providing them with the best products.”

Mahajan Brothers are the first pair of Indians who had successfully completed and won the 4800km Race Across America (RAAM) in 2015. Last year, they also completed 6000 km on the Golden Quadrangle road in India.

When asked whether they have plans to participate in RAAM as solo riders, Mahendra said,“We don’t have that plan as of now. Our primary objective is to promote cycling and support the young cyclists to take the challenges across the globe. We are working on a big plan regarding this and will reveal the details soon.”

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 13:03 IST