The Manali-Khardungla Cycling Championship, also known as MKCC will be held from 26th of July onwards. This is the second edition of the race and it will end on the 3rd of August. The first edition had taken place in the same month last year (2014). It has been organized by Northern Escapes and Cycling 4 Change. The enticing infrastructure of the area has made it an apt location for the one of its kind race in India. It’s something to be felt proud of as the infrastructure beats most of the cycling routes on a global level. There are two options to choose from for the contenders if we talk about the difficulty level of the game. Over sixty people have registered so far and it is believed that around fifty of them will be forming a part of the nine day stage race that is an exclusive long distance race. The remaining ten contestants will be taking part in the Ultimate Cycling Adventure Tour.
Khardungla is said to be the world’s highest cycling route with a height of 18,380 ft. The race will begin from Manali that is a charming hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The riders will come across paths that are higher than 15,000 ft. The last destination of the race will be Khardungla.
The race includes participants from many areas. Some are civilians; some belong to the armed forces. Three international cyclists will also be part of the race including three times women’s mountain biking national champion of Nepal Laxmi Nagar.
The race will continue for 9 days and the riders will get a lot of exposure as they will hit the narrow paths of Manali. Manali is also known for its tourist significance. It’s a cold hilly region that attracts tourists from all over the world including India. Travel enthusiasts keep visiting the place throughout the year.
The championship that took place last year was quite a successful one. And with a number of international cycling events taking place one after another, the craze for cycling among people has just increased. People are beginning to understand the importance of cycling in making the environment pollution free and also as an effective exercise. The sponsors of the event have arranged this race with a view to uplift the status of India and also make it a cycling friendly nation.
The race will not just encourage the youth to take up cycling in everyday life but it will also attract more number of tourists to Manali. It’s a very good way of promoting two things at a time that is cycling as a sport in India and the amazing tourist destination of India. The image of cycling has changed since the past few years and festivals that play a huge role in doing so include Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Even though it’s just the second year of the Manali-Khardungla cycling championship, the event organizers have sponsored and arranged a lot of cycling events in the past.