MANANG – A very special alpine enduro adventure kicked off for Yak Ru riders as they scaled their firsts liaison stage above Gangapurna glacial lake. At an altitude of 3800m and starting from a high point between some old village ruins and a chorten, the ‘Warm-up Stage’ was specially picked to allow riders a chance to savour the magnificent Himalayan scenery surrounding them.
Loose, loamy conditions on the warm-up were just a precursor to the real test: Stage 1, the first timed stage. Dropping riders through tight, loose switchback turns before spitting them out along a high-speed ridge line traverse overlooking the glacial lake far below.
Next up, the riders got a chance to explore the alpine farmlands just above Manang for Stage 2. The Braken Gompa stage was a combination of rock gardens, flow sections, and loose-over-hardpack singletrack passing below the town’s prominent stupa, a popular day-hike spot.
The second stage ended literally a couple of minutes’ ride back to the event base – the Tilicho Hotel to wrap up a relatively easy day today for riders. The following day will see riders ascend and take on the much-talked-about Shiree Kharka alpine, on a race stage touted as the world’s highest enduro stage this year.
The Yak Ru Enduro takes place in the Manang district of the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal. The 3-day, multi-stage enduro race format allows a truly immersive big-mountain race experience – unlike any other mountain bike event – in a beautiful location amongst some of the highest mountains on Earth.
The event features race stages between 3300-4300m elevation on Himalayan alpine & forest singletrack – and includes a variety of steep, technical, flowy & loamy trails.
GoPro Footage : Harald Schmid, Tim Parsons / Video by Sunil C. Sharma with Panasonic LUMIX GH4 / Music : “Eye of The Storm” – Modern Pitch / Edits: Wilson Low.
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