Tour de Kashmir : A 5 day cycling event across the extravagantly beautiful Kashmir.
The Tour de Kashmir is an annual bicycle race primarily held in Kashmir, with the intent to showcase Kashmir as best Cycling tour destination across the Country. The race, inspired by the world famous cycling tour event Tour-de- France, was first organized in year 2000 with the aim to give some tough competitive event to State cyclists to showcase their finesse.
The race has been held annually since its first edition in 2000 except for 2008 and 2010 when it could not be held due to disturbances in the Valley.After 11 successful seasons, the organisers expanded it into a five stage event involving continuous five days of competitive racing covering most of the known tourist destinations of the Valley.
The 5-day National level cycling extravaganza was held from 22nd-26th of this month.The 350-kilometre cycling event was the first of its kind cycling event in the Country. Around 70 top riders, including 30 national riders participated.
The route followed was: Verinag-Pahalgam-Srinagar-Gulmarg-Sonamarg-Dal Lake-Old City. Umer Nabi lifted the Khyber 12th Tour de Kashmir cycling expedition third straight time.
The event was organized by J&K Sports Development Association (JKSDA) in collaboration with Tourism Department
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