THE GREAT HIMALAYAN ULTRA
THE GREAT HIMALAYAN ULTRA
The Great Himalayan Ultra Race is the World’s highest Ultracycle race. A 600km road race starting and finishing in Leh, Ladhak. Comprising solo and relay team categories, all racers in all categories must have a support vehicle and crew. Solo is a RAAM Qualifier for racers, finishing within the cut-off will qualify for The Race Across America. The Relay team category is RAAM style. The Races are also on the Ultramarathon Cycling (UMCA) calendar.
There is also a shorter distance Tour that will start and finish at Leh, Ladhak and is designed for riders to experience the best part of this fabulous route, and for racers who may want to attempt the Ultra in the following year. The terrain requires support and participants of this category will be provided a shared support/sweep vehicle. The tour is not a race.
Route Recce was conducted by Race Director Divya Tate, Local Logistics Support and Partner – Wasim Bari Zargar of Chasing Himalaya, Greeshma Soley of Rover’s Den a hostel in Leh which will be Race Headquarters, Deepak Save of Garage 7 Mumbai and Solo RAAM Finisher Amit Samarth.
Read his Blog Report – https://www.inspire-india.in/amit-samarths-great-himalayan-ride/
Inspire India brings you the world’s highest Ultracycle Race… With a start point elevation higher than any point on any Ultracycle Race in the world!
Being a High Altitude Race, all racers will be required (mandatory) to report in Leh between 8-10 days before race start. While this is for us to establish that racers get the bare minimum acclimatization, it is highly recommended that racers arrive 12-14 days in advance to ensure that they acclimatize satisfactorily. This is particularly necessary if racers are flying directly into Leh. Option is to reach Srinagar or Manali and drive to Leh, in order to have a slower transition to high altitude.
- Location – Leh
- Distance – 630 km Race & 444 Tour
- Start Date – 1st Sept 2018
- Elevation Gain – 10347 Mts
- Start Elevation – 3500 Mt above sea level
Detailed Event Schedule
- Wed 22nd-Fri 24th Aug – Mandatory Reporting for Racers for Acclimatization
- Tue 28th Aug – Mandatory Reporting for all Crew for Acclimatization
- Fri 31st Aug – Race Inspection
- Sat 1st Sept – Race Start
- Sun 2nd Sept – Mon 3rd Sept – Race Finish
600 KM Route Map – https://ridewithgps.com/
Route Details – From Leh to Thiksey (on the Manali Highway) turn, and head back up north-west to Dras (on NH1 to Srinagar) Leh is a well know destination in India and at a height of 3500Mts or 11500 ft will be a high altitude start point. Ladhak the region is a high altitude desert which almost shuts down for over 6 months of the year. The Road to Srinagar is a well maintained and incredibly scenic route, with an elevation gain of 10350 mts and a highest point of 4100 mts at Fotu La. Solo and Relay Team category Race, fully supported by crew and vehicles, time trial style ultra race, similar to The Deccan Cliffhanger by Inspire India
444 KM Route Map – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27845323
From Leh to Kargil and back on NH1, the Srinagar highway, the 444 KM Tour allows riders to enjoy the most scenic and challenging part of the route. With an elevation gain of 8300 mts and a highest point of 4100 mts at Fotu La. The terrain is remote and demanding, with very little supplies along the route, and must be supported by vehicle.
Format, Categories And Timings
Given the high Altitude of the race the format will be a little different from the usual non-stop time-trial format. There will be a mandatory 3 hour rest halt for all racers and teams at a designated location.
600 KM – SOLO RAAM Qualifier
SOLO is just that…. Solo! Solo racers ride the entire distance, while their crew provides them with full support. Categories and Timings are based on Racing Age and Gender. Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year). Solo Racers at The Great Himalayan Ultra Qualify for The Race Across America if they finish within the RQ timings.
Categories and Timings are based on Racing Age and Gender. Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year). The Ride option is for riders attempting to ride The Great Himalayan Ultra solo, who do not complete within RQ timings. All riders who complete the route within their time limit of 48hrs will receive the Finisher’s Award, but will not be qualified for RAAM.
|Solo 600 KM||Age||Time – Men||Time – Women|
|RQ – Race – 18-49 yrs||40 Hrs||42 Hrs|
|RQ – Race – over 50||42 Hrs||44 Hrs|
|Ride – Inspire India Finisher||48 Hrs|
*RQ – Is the RAAM Qualifier timing as listed above.
600 KM – RELAY TEAM
The team event is a relay, not a peloton of 2, 3 or 4 members. Team members take turns riding, while other/s rest in the support vehicle and move up the road. Teams have the freedom to decide how often you swap riders, how long each member rides and how much distance each covers.
If Rider A is cycling, the support vehicle will position the next rider B, with her/his cycle up the route. B will wait for the A to come right up to that point, and overlap cycles, before starting to ride. A will stop, put bike on car and vehicle will follow B and move up to the next exchange point.
Categories and Timings (Tentative) are based on Team Age and Gender. Team Age is the average racing age of all Team members (total number of years divided by 2,3 or 4 depending on team size). Racing Age is the age each Racer will turn during the calendar year of the race (year of race minus birth year).
- All Men
- Mixed – at least 1 member is Male and 1 Female.
- All women
|Relay Teams – 2. 3. 4 persons||Age||Time – All Men, Mixed||Time – All Women,|
|Race Cut off timings||18-34 yrs||38 Hrs||40 Hrs|
|35-49 yrs||39 Hrs||41 Hrs|
|over 50||40 Hrs||42 Hrs|
444 KM – 2 Day Tour
A Shorter distance tour called The Himalayan Experience, Leh-Kargil-Leh is designed for riders to experience the best part of this fabulous route, and for racers who may want to attempt the Ultra in the following year. The terrain requires support and participants of this category will be provided a shared support/sweep vehicle. The tour is not a race, but there will be a cut off to ensure safety and a night halt at Kargil. The first and second days’ ride will require all participants to have reached Kargil night halt or Leh by 9pm.
There is no relay team category. If racers want to form a group to share support, please drop us an email with details of the all racers.
- All Categories finish under 48 hours
- The Ride and Tour Events are non-competitive.
- All Participants will receive a Medal on completion of the route.
- There are no bicycle categories at this time. Special bikes will be considered and ruled upon by the Race Advisor.
Rules & Regulations
- Safety of all persons involved
- Running a Clean and Healthy race with a level playing field for all
- Creating a Race of International standards
- Protecting Race integrity and reputation
(The guiding principles will dictate decision making by the Race Committee on any issue not specifically covered in these rules)
All racers, crew and officials will have to be covered by Insurance. Details will be shared shortly.