The sleepy village of Lamatar, located at Latitude 27.628586 and longitude 85.394272 is going to be rumbled by more than 120 cross country MTB racers on 26th April 2014. Looking at the number of registered participants so far, this is probably going to be the most participated cross country race held in the Kathmandu valley. Lamatar cross country race is the brainchild of some of the young Nepalese MTB riders. The race course starts at Shuvatara School ground and traverses through the Lamatar village and climbs onto the foothills through forested single-track, it then descends down to the section on Jeep track and terraced paddy fields before gaining gradients to complete the loop. The race track consists of 60% single-track and 40% Jeep track.
Organizer, Switchback together with its band of volunteer riders has been working relentlessly to organize a one day cross country style MTB race on 26th April. For the MTB racers, this is a bonanza as they have plenty of categories to choose from. All in all, 6 categories are available for the race. Grandmaster category will see racers above 50 years old compete for the title. This race will also see increased number of women participants as we observe 8 to 10 female riders have been routinely training on this track. Asha Kumari Singh, Mount Everest summiteers is among them. A separate course totaling 1.5km has been designated for the women's category. They will have to go 5 laps to complete the race. The most contested category will be undoubtedly the Elite category where 40% of the registered racers fall into. Elites will have to go 5 laps on the 4.1km course to complete the race. Closely following behind will be the juniors (16 years and below) who will go for 2-3 laps on the same course as Elites to complete the race.
For more information on the race, visit organiser's page at
Photo & Story : Sunil C. Sharma