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Bike thrill awaits Sikkim

Gangtok, March 18: Cyclists are getting ready for nine days of thrill with the second edition of the Kanchenjungha International Mountain Biking Expedition set to be flagged off on Friday.

True to the sobriquet “an expedition to conquer the Himalayas”, the event will see the bikers criss-cross the length and breadth of different climatic zones — ranging from tropical in South and East districts to Alpine in North and West districts — of the hill state in rough terrain and steep inclines.

Three new places have been added to the biking circuit and they are Yangang in South Sikkim, Uttarey and Rinchepong in West Sikkim. On Day 1, the cyclists will traverse the Gangtok-Ranka-Rumtek-Sang route in East Sikkim and then enter South district before heading to other districts.

The participants will cover a distance of 499.1km in the expedition that will be flagged off from Gangtok. So far, 16 cyclists from Indian Amateur Mountain Biking Expedition, 25 from the Indian Army, 8 from the India Air Force, 20 from Nepal, six from the USA, two from Singapore and one each from Vietnam and Sri Lanka have confirmed their participation.

The expedition is organised by the state tourism department.

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