Hero MTB Himalaya- Shimla Edition, more popularly known as Hero MTB Shimla is a two day MTB XC race that is held every year in the month of April. The race is set in a background that calls out to an adventure lover, a mountain biker, a nature lover, and asks them to get embodied in the serene Himalayas. Travelling through Wildlife Sanctuaries, Himalayan countryside, streams and rivulets, participants experience everything pure that the Himalayas have to offer. The participants get to meet the most amazing people, and get to stay in the most beautiful locations, eat authentic delicacies and ride through the best terrain in India. The riders pedal their way through gut wrenching uphill tracks, Speedy downhill tracks, village back roads, beautiful meadows, thick vegetation, jeep tracks and savor real mountain biking as they travel around 120 kilometers in 2 days with an elevation gain of 3500m and highest elevation of 2650m.
The 2017 Edition, held on 14-15 April 2017, saw the highest ever participation in the history of the event. 130 riders from over 7 nationalities (India, Nepal, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Czech Republic) and more than 20 cities raced across the Shivalik Hills. The event also saw the highest female participation across all mountain biking races in the country. 11 lady riders were contending for the Queen of Shivalik title. Professional cycling teams including Hero Action Team, Merida Cycling team, Team Lappierre and cycling groups including Gurgaon’s Pedalyatri, Jaipur’s Aravali Trail Hunters and Chandigarh’s Riders of Storm are participating in the race. Teams from defense forces- SSB and Indian Navy also participated in the race taking the total participation to 130. There was a new category that was introduced this season – TEAM OF TWO CATEGORY. The riders contended in teams of two. The other categories include open men solo, open women solo, student category and masters solo.
“With over 100 riders across 20 cities and 7 nationalities the Hero MTB Shimla Race is the perfect platform for a spectacular show of adventure, professional camaraderie and challenges which push riders from varied backgrounds to compete for glory. Hero’s commitment and passion to sponsor and promote this event has been a long standing one and will continue to be as we nurture talent and promote cycling as a sport across the country and globe.“ said Rohit Sharma, Chief Communication Officer, Hero Cycles.
“It has been an amazing experience organizing Hero MTB Shimla since the past 5 years. This season has grown even bigger with mass registration and large numbers of women participation. The race has set a platform for individuals to channelize their potential. The sport in India has not been popular due to it’s demanding requirements of physical and technical expertise, It is delightful to see sport making it to the general public and gather such large fan following!” said Mohit Sood President HASTPA (Organizing Body)
ROUTE DETAILS FOR 6TH HERO MTB SHIMLA 2017 15th April 2017 :- Woodville Palace – Bulia- AshwaniKhad – JanedGhat- Bandhli- Chail- Sadhupul 16th April 2017 :- Sadhupul- Chail – Koti- Chini bungalow – Dhalli – Shimla Highest Point – 2650m at ChiniBungalow. Distance – 120Km EVENT DETAILS Event Name Venue Date Time Press Conference Ashiana Regency, Shimla 13thApril 2017 3:30 PM
Hero Action Team continued to dominate this season also. With the support of Hero Cylces, HASTPA has been able to nurture talent as Akshit Gaur and Sarah Appelt in their UT Edge bikes (special segment bikes from Hero) won the students and women category respectively.
Overall top 3:
David (6:39:14) Rakesh Rana (6:42:28) Issac Rai (6:45:47)
Category wise results:
Student Akshit Gaur (6:54:14)
Open Women Solo Sarah Appelt
Open Men Solo David (6:39:14)
Open Masters Solo Steve Whitcombe (7:23:04)
Team of Two Atul Chauhan and Kunal( 7:52:04)