Yak Attack on March 8

Kathmandu, March 6:

The second Berghaus Yak Attack-2008, an adventure sp-orts held in the Annapurna region, is slated for March 8-16.

Organised by Extreme World Challenges, the UK-based adventure Company, in association with Nepal Cycling Association (NCA) and Dawn Till Dusk Mountain Bike Trekking, the 240km

race begins from Beshi Sahar of Lamjung district and ends at Beni Bazaar of Myagdi District.

In all, 31 athletes have confirmed their participation in the event which is a blend of cycling and running. In all, 10 athletes — five men and five women — have registered as the runners while 21 cyclists, 20 men and a woman, will compete in bicycle.

“Half the course favours the runners while the other half favours the cyclists,”

said NCA president Chhimi Urgen Gurung at a press meet here today. Gurung said runners benifited at last years’ route which was largely the trekking course. Hari Bahadur Rokaya, as runner, had won the last year’s race.

The objective of the event is to promote sports tourism in Annapurna region, said Phil Evans, founder of Extreme World Challenges.

The winner will get £500 while next three best finishers will receive £150, £100 and £55 respectively. The organisers have also set aside £150 for a competitor to break the mark of 24hrs and 5mins set by Rokaya in 2007.