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Himalayan Outdoor Festival 2014

Following the success of the first two events, the Himalayan Outdoor Festival took place for the third consecutive time from the 21st of March to the 23rd of March, 2014. The Hattiban Resort, located at an altitude of 1852m and 15km southwest of Kathmandu, has become a popular hub for such adrenaline fused events, and HOF had plenty of them. Various like-minded associations like the National Sports Council, Nepal Tourism Board, Hotel Association of Nepal, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Mountaineering Instructions Association, Nepal National Mountaineering Guide Association, Nepal Mountain Bike Association, Nepal Cannoning Association, Trail Run Nepal and Hash Run Group extended their support to this exciting festival.

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Like before, the event was a three day celebration cum competition of various muscle powered and adrenaline filled adventure sports. Numerous activities like the ice-axe Pull-Up, acrobatic paragliding, dyno competition, slack line competition, flying fox, zip lines, mud run, live DJ music, etc were included. On the cycling front, they had a number of events that pulled in a large number of cycling enthusiasts. This year, there were a few new event introductions as well. The first ever XC Eliminator race in Nepal helped showcase the speed and power of Nepal’s Top riders. Other firsts were the Amateur Male and Female XC (Cross Country) races, Junior XC Races and an Amateur Downhill.

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Year after year, the Himalayan Outdoor Festival has brought together almost every adventure enthusiast in the nation, including many foreign participants as well. This time around too, the organizers and supporters did not disappoint. It definitely looks like HOF is here to stay, and we’re pretty stoked about it.

NIGHT UPHILL RACE

This was the first event to kick off the mountain biking events in the festival that took place on the 21st of March. The race required riders to race on the uphill route from the main road towards the event site and it got more interesting when riders had to do it in the dark and navigate their way only with the help of their headlamps! Tara Thapa Magar deserves a special mention here as she was the only female participant to complete the race with a timing of 31 minutes 39 seconds.

WINNERS

1st: ROAN TAMANG | 11.07.52

2nd: LELISH MAHAJAN | 11.46.00

3rd: JEFF WEBSTER | 13.36

DOWN HILL RACE

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Downhill racing is one of the most thrilling, adrenaline filled aspects of cycling and with the abundance of hills surrounding Nepal, there is really no dearth for downhill racers in the country. Two options were offered during the festival, a challenging full tilt track for experienced riders and a gentle roll down for newbies. With riders pushing their limits and speeding down the technical course at breakneck speeds, the viewers were kept at the edge of their seats and the participants off theirs.

ELITE CATEGORY WINNERS

1st: PARMESHWOR POKHREL | 2:47:77

2nd: RAJESH MAGAR | 2:49:90

3rd: CHRIS KEELING | 2:50: 21

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OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS

1st: CALEB SPEARS | 1:55:34

2nd: DAWA SHERPA | 1:57:87

3rd: JEVI LIMBU | 2:02:09

CROSS COUNTRY

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Cross-Country cycling is the most common discipline of mountain biking. While less publicized than downhill cycling, this is the one that garners the highest levels of participation both recreationally and competitively. Unlike other disciplines of cycling, cross country racing emphasizes endurance above technical prowess and consistency is the key to finishing first. The Amateur race was perfect for first timers while the Eliminator race for the professional was a short course, one lap elimination race where riders went head to head.

AMATEUR MALE CATEGORY WINNERS

1ST: LELISH MAHARJAN

2ND: JEFF WEBSTER

3RD: DHARMA NAGARKOTI

AMATEUR FEMALE CATEGORY WINNERS

1st: TARA THAPA MAGAR

2nd: SARIA SATO

ELITE WINNERS

1st: Cory Wallace | 9mins 13 sec

2nd: Ajay Pandit Chettri | 9mins 44 sec

3rd: Raj Kumar Shrestha | 10mins 8 sec

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