Kohima, November 23 (MExN): With a vision to turn Nagaland into a top eco-tourism and mountain biking adventure sporting destination, Kohima will witness one of the most exciting race during Hornbill Festival, the third edition of ‘Kohima Downhill MTB race’ which is scheduled to take place along the mountains of Phesama Village, below the Heritage Village on December 4.
After Bali in Indonesia, Bhutan and Nepal, Nagaland is on its way to become one of the top MTB (Mountain biking/Cycling) destinations in the region with one of the most exciting race in the Indian MTB calendar scheduled to be held in Kohima.
The mountain biking event which was started in 2014 by Nagaland based adventure sports and MTB start-up Native Station has now grown to make a mark in the Mountain Biking scene as the third edition of Kohima Downhill this year will have more than 40 participants from across India including professional teams and athletes from international companies such as: Taiwanese Cycling company ‘Giant’, Starkenn which is the largest cycle manufacturing company in the world, Gnarly biking team from Nepal, Shillong Downhill Racing Team, Team Freerider from Himachal Pradesh, Psynyde Bikes from Maharashtra and a host of individual participants even from UK.
According to a press release, the Hornbill MTB festival will be flagged off at Kisama Heritage Village on December 4 and the 2 kilometer downhill race will kick off from the highway at Phesama village racing down the landslide-hit mountain, across paddy fields and finish at the bottom near the river. Spectators can bring binoculars and take videos using drones and cameras to capture the action.
The Hornbill MTB Festival is brought to you by Native Station in association with Alaphra Group and supported by Tourism Department with Psynyde Bikes (Performance Bikes and Components) from Pune as the official biking partner.