Nov 29, 2015
Go through The Hell Race
Otherwise known as the paragliding capital of India, The Hell Race will be the first of its kind MTB race organised in Bir, Himachal Pradesh.
The 55-km competition is on December 6.
With the rising number of people getting on bicycle saddles everyday in India, cycling events and races are adding up in the annual race calendar in new locations to cater to this community. The Hell Race, to be held in Bir, a very picturesque Tibetan settlement town in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, India, is the the newest race in that league. Bir is a world famous paragliding destination and recently hosted the first ever Paragliding World Cup in India
The race will see about 50 riders (including three international riders) push their limits on the challenging and unexplored terrain which will include steep up hills and bumpy down hills. It is a 3-day event from December 5-7 and the race will be on the second day. The riders can expect technical single-track with broken rocks, flowing water streams, hanging bridges, fallen trees and fast paced down hills. On few non-rideable patches on the route, they would have to carry the bikes on their shoulders.
The organizer of the race, Vishwas Sindhu told The Outdoor Journal, “I always felt the adventures, our lone rangers, are scattered all over and this race could be a humble attempt to bring them together & create lasting stories.” When asked why did he chose Bir for the race?, he said, “Bestowed with the serene landscapes, Bir is a hub of unexplored mountain biking tracks of all levels – easy, medium & difficult. It becomes easy to set stages for any race here and the unknown factor builds the curiosity”.
43-year-old, Gurleen Kaur a participant from India capital city New Delhi said, “The terrain seems to be cruel and designed to test the skills and will power of the rider. One can’t afford to be weak. I like to test my own physical and mental strength and this this is going to be a real opportunity for that.”
The route will be as below:
- Bir to Billing:
Distance: 18km | Uphill (1000m Elevation gain) | Tar Road
This is the starting phase of the race where participants would ride on the tar road, mostly uphill, for the initial 18kms. Riding in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, riders will experience the beauty of nature at its best.
- Billing to Chaina Pass:
Distance: 8km | Uphill (400m elevation gain) | Slushy-Muddy | Technical
This phase of the route is meant to test the best of riders in the worst! This phase gets riders to ride the muddy, slushy & bumpy paths of the narrowest trails. This will challenge them to the extreme and will try to falter their will power at every possible second.
- Chaina Pass to Baragram:
Distance: 13km | Downhill (470m Elevation loss)| Bumpy | Very Technical
This phase is the most beautiful of all in the Hell Race. In other worlds, riders will be gifted with a heaven of the nature right after grilling themselves. This part of the route gets them ride over the hanging bridge & crossing various streams. The welcoming Dhauladhar ranges alongside the route are the added charm. Some section of this part has narrow single-track as well as some non-rideable section where riders will have to carry the bike on their shoulders.
- Baragram to Barot:
Distance: 16km | Downhill (500m Elevation loss) | Tar Road
This phase is the easiest of all where riders can put their best to speed and cover up. This part of the route is mostly on tar road.
The cut-off time for men is 6.5 hours and for women is 8.5 hours. The participation fee is Rs. 6,500 for males and 20% off on females. Registration can be done here.
Images courtesy: The Hell Race