Riders race ‘blind’ on sections of breathtaking terrain - pine and birch forest singletrack, high-speed flow through alpine pastures, rocky switchbacks, steep ridgelines, and generations-old trails passing remote settlements and religious monuments. Participants wishing to challenge themselves and explore one of the most magical landscapes to ride a mountain bike in will be enthralled by the terrain the Yak Ru passes through.
Yak Ru’s enduro racing format allows riders of various abilities - from pros to amateurs – to mingle, swap stories, and take in the amazing scenery, while still allowing themselves to push their limits. Only certain sections of the race are timed: these mainly downhill stages have been selected as amongst the very best trails that the Manang region has to offer, and will be raced ‘blind’ - without prior practice. This area is also culturally rich and boasts diverse wildlife, affording riders an all-encompassing Nepali experience during their time here.
The special demands of racing in such thin air require all riders from lower altitudes to do an untimed group ‘acclimatization’ ride of 40 km to reach our main base camp, the village of Ngawal, the day before racing commences.
Over the 3 racing days, riders will be covering 40km of riding and challenged on 8-10 timed stages. Due to the steepness and remoteness of the course, riders can be expected to carry/walk with their bikes for some uphill parts of the untimed transfer stages. Riders will also receive limited assistance in the form of vehicle uplifts to reach some of the timed stages.
At the conclusion of racing, 2 days of untimed group ‘celebration’ rides will see us descending 80 km and drop 3000 meters (9800 ft) over 2 days, a fitting post-competition wrap-up this mountain bike experience of a lifetime.
To secure your place in the Yak Ru - enduro (YRE2019), please duly complete the following forms. Upon successful selection, we will notify you via email to provide us further information. Then you could proceed to place a deposit of US$ 490 to secure your place in the race. The balance amount can be sent to us by 25 May 2019 or pay in Kathmandu upon arrival.