In a first-ever international cycling event to be held in India, UT Ladakh Police, in conjunction with the Cycling Federation of Indiais all set to host the first-ever UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup.
The event will be held in Leh on September 4, 2022. The event was announced on Wednesday in the presence of Ladakh Police Officers and Kristof Bruyneel, Managing Director/Founder, City Mountain Bike, the official host of the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup and the UCI MTB Eliminator World Championships. The official event shirt was also launched during the press conference.
“The concept is to take Leh to the level where it is recognized around the world as an ultimate cycling destination. The goal of the UT board is to raise Ladakh to an international level, such as the Tour de France. It will take a lot of hard work and planning, but I believe this is the first step we are taking in that direction,” SS Khandare, ADGP, Ladakh Police Department, said at a media briefing on Wednesday.
Kristof Bruyneel from City Mountain Bike, who was also present at the briefing, said: “As the World Cup eliminator organizer, we are very pleased and we are sure that we will open a new chapter in India as it is the first World Cup that are kept in the soil of India.”
“We will make a big show of the race on September 4 here in the center of Leh with a lot of international riders and Indian riders. More importantly, we will show the world the local culture and that’s why it’s super important to hold the race in Leh,” Bruyneel added.
Registration to participate will open next week and will be available at www.citymountainbike.com.
Amateur riders wishing to participate in the event will need to be licensed to compete through the Cycling Federation of India (CFI).
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