The world saw its first organised bicycle race at Arc de Saint-Cloud, Paris on May 31, 1868. Expatriate Englishman, James Moore won the race on a wooden bicycle with iron tyres! Bicycling and cycle racing have come a long way since. Famous international racing events like Tour de France, Giro d\'\'Italia and Vuelta a Espana have led to a surge in the sport\'\'s popularity around the globe. Even as cycling catches up in India as a fitness sport and a preferred mode of commuting, stage racing events here are still few and far between.
After the successful Inaugural Edition in July 2014, Northern Escapes and Cycling 4 Change take great pleasure and pride in announcing the Second Edition of the Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship, scheduled from 25th July to 4th August, 2015.
The Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship aims to not only popularise cycling as a competitive sport but also create a world-class racing event that would put India firmly on the world\'\'s cycling circuit. The route has been chosen for its unparalleled beauty, unquestionable challenge, high adventure quotient and popularity with travellers across the world.
And yes! You will be riding on the World\'\'s Highest Highway!
EVENTSThe 2015 Edition of the Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship has a range of events, to suit every type of cyclist. So whether you are a racing aficionado or an adventure freak (or simply someone who loves cycling a lot!), the Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship has something unique to offer to each one of you!
- The 8-Day Stage Race:
If the challenge of long-distance cycle racing is what you are looking for... here\'\'s the ultimate adrenaline rush! Eight Days of racing... on a carefully charted route spanning different terrains of varying difficulty levels... with one Rest Day in between...
- The 2-Day Stage Race:
Not sure of going the whole distance? Well, this Mini Event provides aspiring racers to race on the first 2 days... wherein you get to race up Rohtang Pass and cross over to the other side... The rest of the days would be spent in cycling leisurely along the route... so you get the best of both worlds!
- The Ultimate Cycling Adventure Tour:
Racing not your thing? But you definitely want to ride this route? Embark on the Ultimate Cycling Adventure Tour... and have the Experience of a Lifetime! Enjoy the same route as the racing enthusiasts, but at your own leisurely pace... and you don\'\'t have to cycle the entire distance... our support vehicles are always there to transport you and your bike to the next stage!