The first edition of The Mustang Madness – a cross country mountain bike stage race is being held in Upper and Lower Mustang starting from Thursday. The event is held in 7 stages covering a total distance of 220Km. The event is being organised by Adventure Sports Nepal in association with Nepal tourism board and is supported by Himalayan Expeditions and Gnarly Biking.
Yesterday’s race began from Kagbeni located at 2800m and ended at Muktinath 3850m. Raj Kumar Shrestha took the lead in first stage with a timing of 57min and 50 seconds, followed by Mr. Buddhi Bahudur Tamang at 1hr2min44seconds. Mr. Man Bahadur Thapa Magar from Nepal Army came in third after completing the stage in 1hr 2min 56 seconds.
12 participants including 5 international and 5 woman mountain bikers have participated in this event. 2 international participants couldn’t continue the race due to some reason. The winner after the completion of all the stages of the race will be awarded cash prizes worth Rs, 125,000 for the winner followed by Rs. 75,000 for second and Rs, 50,000 for third.
Courtesy: The Kathmandu Post