Monduro (The only Enduro Race in India)
Presented by Tawang Cycling Association (TCA)
Tawang Cycling Association was formed by a group of like minded MTB enthusiasts. The core members of the group had been riding long before the menace of Covid took at large. The Association has been inspiring the youth of the district to take up cycling and to take care of health and not to indulge into drugs etc. The organization plans on making Tawang a paradise for Mountain Biking and adventure tourism hotspot of the country. Further the organization also plans to throw some light on the possibility of a whole new form of Tourism i.e Mountain biking Tourism and it would open up a whole new range of opportunities for the Locals of the district and state as a whole. It would be a great step ahead in opening up a sustainable and environmental friendly way of tourism in Arunachal Pradesh. The organization aims at making Tawang the new hotspot for MTB.
Monduro Mon stands for Monpa (a major tribe of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India) and Duro is the last part of Enduro, so Monduro is a Enduro race in the land of the Monpas. Enduro in its most basic definition is a type of Mountain Biking racing where the downhill are timed and the uphills are mandatory but not timed. Riders are timed in stages in that are primarily downhill with neutral “Transfer ”stages in between.
Tawang is perched at an altitude of 10000ft in the Himalayan range sharing its border with Tibet to its north and Bhutan to its west. It is one of the tourist hotspots in the beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh, with perfect weather and terrain for mountain biking. The place also has a rich history with cultural background and is blessed with so many trails all around the district which was used in the days before the proper roads were constructed. It is really fascinating to know that almost every route and trail has a story behind it, and we have been obsessed with exploring more of them and to develop them so that we can relive the history of these trails on our bikes. We are sure that the world would definitely want to take a ride on these historical trails. The trail also includes the very particular trail that was used by the 6th Dalai Lama to go to Tibet in the 17th Century. Tawang has one of the best network of Trails in the whole country. The trail stretches for many miles and it is an epic mixture of Gnarly rock section and technical sections. These trails present a great challenge to the riders as the altitude of these trails ranges from 14000ft to 8000ft.
The first edition of the race was conducted last year from 11th to 14th November 2021. The race was mainly conducted under two MTB disciplines namely Cross Country (XC) and Enduro. The race witnessed the participation of 36 Riders from across the country and also from Nepal. The star riders were:
- Ismamul Howk (3times National Downhill Champion)
- Adonis Tangpu (current National XC Champion)
- Rajesh Magar (4 times Nepal Downhill Champion, National Geographic adventurer of the year 2018)
The win has been claimed by one of the best riders from Nepal Mr Rajesh Magar, that even the Asian Enduro Series could also be conducted here and that these trails are worthy of Enduro World Series (EWS), when he participated in the first edition of Monduro.
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