An epic one-day mountainbike race in The Himalayan kingdom that covers a daunting 268kms with over 4000m of ascent, and four high pass’s – Kiki La 2870m – Yotong La 3430m – Pele La 3430m – and Dochu La at 3150m.
The top three positions in the mens field were all scooped up by Yak Attack racers. That bodes well for an epic scrap come November when they will all be toeing the line for this years 10th anniversary edition in Nepal.
Canada’s National Champion – Cory Wallace – took the top honour in commanding style with a 37m 54s lead over nearest rival Rajkumar Shreshta (Nepal) followed by Roan Tamang (Nepal) a further 17m 25s back.
The racers were faced with appalling conditions for the first 150kms.
In Cory’s own words: “Unforgettable day racing in Bhutan today. Thick disgusting mud for the first 150km, monsoon rain, then some epic climbs with a destroyed bike to finish the day. Top 5 hardest rides of all time in my book”.
I think that says it all.
Results from TotD facebook page:
7th ToD winners- Men Category.
1st Cory Wallace (Canada)- 13 hrs 2 min 5 sec.
2nd Rajkumar Shrestha (Nepal)- 13 hrs 39 min 59 sec.
3rd Buddhi Bdr. Tamang (Nepal)- 13 hrs 57 min 34 sec.
All the women did not cross the the 4th pass (Dochula) before the cut off time.
|Riders preparing to start at 04.00am local time.
|Canada’s Cory Wallace crossing the finish line after an epic days racing.
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