6th Hero MTB Himalaya Shimla Edition,  2017


Hero MTB Himalaya Shimla Edition, more popularly known as Hero MTB Shimla is a 2 day MTB XC race that is held every year in the month of April.The host City, as suggested by the name is, Shimla. The race takes you through some of the most pristine parts of the Shivalik Mountains also known as the lesser Himalayas or the foothills of the Himalayas. The race is set in a background that calls out to an adventure lover, a mountain biker, a nature lover, and asks them to get embodied in the serene Himalayas. Travelling through Wildlife Sanctuaries, Himalayan countryside, streams and rivulets, you experience, everything pure, that the Himalayas have to offer. You meet the most amazing people, you stay in the most beautiful locations and you ride the best terrain in India. Pedal your way through gut wrenching uphills, Speedy downhills, village back roads, beautiful meadows, thick vegetation, jeep tracks and savor real mountain biking as you travel around 120 kilometres in 2 days. Please see that MTB Himalaya Shimla edition has only 65 open registration spots. Now in its 6th Edition , the race has definitely become India’s favourite MTB challenge!

Race Figures

Terrain Ratio

  • Off Road 90%
  • Trails 15%
  • Loose rock 35%
  • Loose gravel surface 45%
  • Downhill 60%
  • Uphill 40%

Despite the competitive theme of the event, the camaraderie among the the cyclists was heartening. The spirit of the participants , to finish all segments despite the level of difficulty, was inspiring , to say the least. Neither age, injury, component failure or plain exhaustion kept the riders from giving up. It helped that other riders also encouraged each other to keep going. Truly it was an event that encompassed the spirit of mountain biking.
Gautam Chima