Shimla: Governor Acharya Devvrat flagging off Hero MTB Himalaya, Asia’s oldest mountain biking organized by Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) and Hero Cycles from Shimla on 28 Sep 2017
Governor Acharya Devvrat flagged off Hero MTB Himalaya, Asia’s oldest mountain biking organized by Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) and Hero Cycles from here today. The race comprises of an exciting and excruciating nine day journey ahead from Shimla to Dharamshala. As many as 91 riders from 17 countries are participating in the rally.
The Governor urged the riders from India to promote the Indian culture amongst their fellow international riders. He said, “Pollution is not just of the environment but also of thoughts, and I request all the Indian national riders who will be taking on this journey of MTB Himalaya to promote our culture amongst the international riders.” He thanked the international riders for promoting pollution-free transport as a means of travel and encouraging them to have pollution free and environment friendly trip.
President, HASTPA Shri Mohit Sood apprised about the participants and added that this year 13 women were participating in the event.
The Governor honoured national champions Akshit Gaur and Ashish Sherpa on the occasion.
Local MLA Shri Suresh Bhardwaj commended HASTPA and MTB Himalaya for promoting cycling as a sport to retrieve the environment of the state.
Deputy Mayor Shri Rakesh Sharma, Commissioner, MC Shimla Shri G.C. Negi and other prominent people of the town were also present on the occasion.