EVENT TOUR OF THE DRAGON: If you’re the type of person who enjoys a hard challenge, this might just be the event for you! A one day, 268 km challenge for experienced and adventurous riders. It is an event that is gaining fast popularity mainly due to its unique characteristics. The Tour of the Dragon is not a road bike race or a mountain bike race, currently, it doesn’t fit into any of the categories defined by the International Cycling Union. Since the distance of the race is 200+ km, it is considered as an ultra-marathon mountain bike race on roads that happen to be extremely challenging and at high altitudes. It starts in Bumthang (2610 m) at 2:00 AM, and cyclists must complete 268 km over 4 mountain passes before finishing in the capital Thimphu town square. It is being heralded as one of the world’s hardest and craziest biking challenges. The tour is complete with medical support, water stations and traffic control. In addition, participants are granted a royal audience with HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck.
WHEN: 3-9 September 2019. Send us an email for more on this tour!
National Registration Fee : Nu. 7,000/-
SAARC Registration Fee : USD 165/- (citizens of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan)
Expat Registration Fee : USD 165/- (internationals based in Bhutan)
International Registration Fee: USD 250/- (tourist participants)
Start Point Elevation End Point Elevation Highest Point Distance
Jakar town 2610 m Gaytsha 2950 m Kiki La – 2870 m 27 km
Gaytsha 2950 m Trongsa 2150 m Yotong La – 3434 m 41 km
Trongsa 2150 m Chendebji 2430 m Near Chendebji – 2440 m 43 km
Chendebji 2430 m Wangdue Phodrang 1200 m Pele La – 3430 m 87 km
Wangdue Phodrang 1200 m Thimphu 2330 m Dochula – 3150 m 70 km
After Wangdue the next destination is Dochula at 3150 m (10,330 ft) is 38.3 km and the race is all uphill, with an average slope of 5% and a few short sections of up to 10%. You will pass Thinleygang (11 km), Lumitsawa (15km), Lampiri (28km), and a memorial chorten for traffic accident victims (32km). Thinleygang is the only place recognizable as a village, having a couple of shops and a BHU (Basic Health Unit). Racing 1700 m (5575 ft) uphill is as breathtaking as the views. After Dochula, it’s all downhill to Thimphu at 2330 m (7640 ft).