The race with an expected Elevation gain of 1,12,000 feet, is claimed to be the toughest race in the world. More than 100 cyclists from over 10 countries will try to outdo each other across the valleys and jungles enroute to lay their claims on the total prize money of Rupees 22.5 lakhs.
This year well known international cyclist like Ilda from Portugal, Celia from Canada, Sarah, Heidi and Lauri from USA, Andrew Seawald, Thomas Bush, Sarah, Frank and Holger from Germany, Catherine from UK, The Indian teams from Army, SSB, Navy, Hero Action Team, Nepal Army and APF Teams, Bhutan Royal Army Team etc. will participate.
The curtain raiser for the same was graced by Union Minister for State (Home) Kiren Rijiju in Mumbai on 27 September 2018. President MTB Arunachal & MLA, Arunachal Pradesh, Pasang Dorjee Sona and popular Bollywood star Salman Khan and Inspector General of Sashastra Seema Bal, S.S. Chaturvedi also graced the event.
Speaking on the occasion Rijiju said these days the city is recognised by the facilities it provides to its cyclists. He expressed that government wants to promote cycling as it is good exercise and is eco-friendly. He said Arunachal is unexplored territory and one should visit to enjoy the natural beauty. He assured all possible support to film industry in terms of concession and subsidies.
Rijiju also thanked Sashastra Seema Bal for making this event their own. He said all paramilitary forces like ITBP, CRPF, CISF,BSF are participating in the competition. He appealed everyone to make this international event a grand success.
Interacting with media Salman Khan narrated his long-standing relationship with cycling and association with Arunachal Pradesh. He said cycling is one of the safest mode of transport. He assured that he would be visiting Arunachal Pradesh during the event.
Mountain Biking is a sport where specially designed bicycles are used to ride off-road on rough terrain. The bikes are built to cope with the stresses and strains of the terrain, with sophisticated suspension front and rear, tyres that offer high levels of grip, gearing to allow for steep ascents to be conquered and powerful disk brakes for control when descending steep gradients.
India boasts of having one of the most amazing mountainous terrains in the world. With the advent of organizers like HASTPA and MTB Himalaya which have been organizing races and events in the Himachal Pradesh since the last 10 years, the sport has now reached a scale where people from all corners of the country now come and participate in week long races On the same lines, MTB Arunachal has raised the bar of this adventurous sport by going even bigger and diversifying it to one of the most remote place in the country.
The total prize money for the Competition is INR 22,50,000 and will be held in eight Categories namely Open Men Solo(INR 1,50,000), Open Women Solo(INR 1,50,000), Team of Two(INR 2,40,000), Student(INR 1,00,000), Master’s 40+( INR 1,50,000), Best Arunachal Rider (INR 1,00,000), Best Para Rider(INR 1,00,000), Promising Rider(INR 1,00,000).