SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Mountain and Biking Association (JKMBA) in collaboration with J&K Tourism department on Sunday organised Cyclothon at the newly developed trails of the Shankracharya Hill in which around 100 riders from different districts of the Valley participated.
The Cyclothon was organised as part of the Valley Weekend programme of the department of tourism and also to celebrate International Mountain Day (IMD).
According to an official handout, the riders assembled at Zabarwan Park at 8:30 am from where they paddled to Shankracharya Hill taking the route of Advanced Mountain trail which was recently developed by the department of forests.
Later, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah distributed prizes and certificates at a ceremony held on the hill.
Speaking on the occasion, director tourism said Kashmir is blessed not only with natural beauty but with an unlimited potential for adventure sports.
He said, “The department is promoting adventure sports among the local youth so that they can guide adventure travellers across the globe in such activities in Valley.”
The Cyclothon also coincided with the International Mountain Day being celebrated on December 11 every year.
The director assured full support to the association in promoting mountain biking.
He said they have prepared the map of the trails on Shankracharya Hill which the riders could use for mountain biking on the hill.
Director of the Film Festival at Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Maninder Kohli was also present at the certificate distribution ceremony. He hailed JKMBA for making mountain biking popular in the Valley.
On the occasion, Best Rider of the Year award was given to Shajar Lateef, Zahid Iqbal and Yasir Makhdoomi. The event was also sponsored by Dhamna Adventures, Amir Jo and Sons (Hero Dealer), Travel Impression, Hotel Jhelum and Legend School of Education.