Since 2010, the Kingdom of Bhutan has been organising one-day mountain bike races through its challenging terrain. This year, there are two races scheduled for Sunday September 3, 2016. “Dragon’s Fury” is a 60km race that starts in Messina at an altitude of 4,625ft, goes up to Dochula at 10,330ft and then heads downhill to finish in Thimpu’s city square. “Tour of the Dragon” is a much longer (268km) and more strenuous race; the route begins in Bumthang and then goes over four mountain passes, ending in the same city square. At both races, the first three winners in the male and female categories will get cash prizes. Dragon’s Fury also awards cash prizes to the first three boys and girls (between the ages of 14 and 18) to finish. Take a look at this altitude-defying bike race through the video below, shot by Backpacker Films.
Updated on 22 August 2016.