MTB Himachal 2010

Sep 22, 2010 at 7:00
by Vineet Sharma  
Hercules MTB Himachal

HASTPA and Himachal Tourism proudly presents you the 6th edition of India’s premier international mountain bicycling challenge,the legendary Himalayan adventure event, the Hercules MTB Himachal 2010 (22nd October 2010).

Read on,

This season HASTPA has revamped the whole event with fresh new ideas. We have a whole new route, less hostile conditions and better management for an altogether new and improved experience.

Ride through uncharted interiors, hike through deep forests, soak in the sun and experience nature all around. Pedal your way through gut wrenching uphills, dangerous downhills, village back roads, beautiful meadows,thick vegetation, jeep tracks and taste real mountain biking as you live through 8 days of adventure racing covering 450 km/280m miles, 3250m above sea level and take on the Himalayan Challenge.

At Jalori Pass - One of the highest point during the race
At Jalori Pass - One of the highest point during the race

The adventure commences in Shimla as the race is flagged off on October 23 (and final registrations are done the day before). The next 8 days put you through obstacles, test your perseverance and strength, so gear up and prepare yourself because only the toughest minds will survive and finish the trail back to Shimla on October 30.

MTB Himachal has a unique status of being one of the most beautiful and rewarding experiences in the world. Once you gather the courage to start, the picturesque locations and beautiful surroundings keep you going through the extreme trails. At the end of the day you experience the sheer triumph and contentment of making it through the grueling slopes and crossing Himalayan passes, pedaling high. Here people come from all walks of life to share their passion for adventure, mountains and bikes.

Spectacular views while racing
Spectacular views while racing

MTB Himachal is the first and the only hardcore MTB endurance event of the Himalayas. It is by far the toughest, most action packed and extreme adventure event of India. 8 days of breathtaking speeds, treacherous downhill’s and punishing uphills will once again pump adrenaline this year.

One of those days when you may hate climbing
One of those days when you may hate climbing

Real test of endurance. Even the MTB teams from the Army and AirForce had to struggle.
Real test of endurance. Even the MTB teams from the Army and AirForce had to struggle.

The trail moves through the magnificent mountains of the Himachal. Exquisite vistas, gushing rivers and streams, rolling meadows, verdant forests and golden peaks lend the MTB Himachal the unique status of one of the world's most beautiful rides.

The adventure promises many surprises – the rustic survival course with brutal technical sections pushes each rider to the edge of his/her limit. It is a true test of courage, stamina, endurance, strength and determination for the riders. The sense of sheer triumph and contentment after one has conquered the trail is just amazing. And then there are the finish line battles at all levels of riding ability.

MTB Himachal is an initiative of HASTPA, & Himachal Tourism – bringing together the Himalayas, the finest & toughest riders and you. And, we have a new route this year – Shimla to Shimla – covering over 500 Km – reaching over altitudes of 3250m through multiple stages, time trials, hike & bike sections, and fast paced gravel roads.

Common scenery during MTB Himachal
Common scenery during MTB Himachal
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When I participated in MTB Himachal in 2007, It made me change my mind and soon after this race I resigned from my job in Information and Technology field, and now I'm dedicated to mountain bike industry full time and running Mega Mountain Bike Expeditions and proudly working for one of best mountain bike races in world, The MTB Himachal. It makes magic every time, every year!
-Vineet Sharma

For more information about the race and registration, visit

Come and experience this race and the Himalayan mountain biking experience.

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  • + 1
 heh, love it... you travel to most remote parts of Nepal, Pakistan, India and you find warning signs in English. Try that in nearly any non-english speaking country of EU Smile

You come to a sketchy looking bridge Somewhere in Europe and you can read:
Je se paux no atausion macht zu toten, orso tutto pericoloso, uwaga kielbaska, for sakerhets skull, reparato magnana...
  • + 1
 well, india/pakistan was a british colony for approx 150 years ending in 1947, some vestiges are to be expected.
  • + 2
 I saw pics from my Pakistanian friend from middle of nowhere in Karakorum and they had everything in English. Not only because it's some "heritage", just because this is a world's most common language.

He comes to Sweden where I live now and says: this is ridiculous! a country where 99% of society speaks english has nearly no information in English in Public places! Go to central station and make yourself comfortably lost... that's f**d up...

Sometimes I sit here and get annoyed by being called a f*** Euro, but sometimes we deserve it... Americans are still fat, deplete earth resources and ruin world's economy with their loans Big Grin
  • + 2
 sweet man! keep u the good work
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 haha got some weed
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 CRAZINESS in XC category

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