Nov 23, 2023: The ‘Enduro International Mountain Bike race has commenced today in Pokhara, featuring 55 riders from 11 countries, including Nepal. Taking place over three days at Arba Bijayadanda in Pokhara Metropolitan City-13, the competition, organized by Dawn Till Dusk, boasts five women participants and anticipates drawing global mountain biking enthusiasts.

Mayor Dhanraj Acharya inaugurated the event, presenting a number plate to a Singaporean racer. The competition, orchestrated by tournament director Sunil Chandra Sharma, encompasses seven categories such as elite men, junior (12-18 years), master’s ‘A’ (40-49 years), veteran’s ‘B’ (above 50 years), women’s open, and e-bike.

Starting at an elevation of 1,360 meters above sea level, the race offers five challenging routes. To encourage participants, the metropolis mayor highlighted the city’s commitment to fostering sports tourism and boosting Pokhara’s reputation as a hub for sporting events.

Prize money awaits the winners: Rs 50,000 for the elite men’s category, Rs 35,000 for the women’s category, with cash rewards for the first and second runners-up in each group. Mayor Acharya emphasized the city’s dedication to supporting sports competitions as part of the strategy to enhance tourism and elevate Pokhara as a sports tourism capital. The choice of Arba Hill as the event venue aligns with the city’s vision, considering its technical suitability for hosting mountain bike competitions.