Dragon’s Fury

Dragon’s Fury race was inaugurated in the year 2015 to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty, the 4th Druk Gyalpo, and therefore the distance of the race is 60 kms. The race starts in Messina at an altitude of 1410 m (4625 ft), travels up to Dochula at 3150 m (10,330 ft), then is all downhill until the Changlingmethnag parking finish. 

Registration Fees

National Registration Fee        : Nu. 2,000/-
SAARC Registration Fee         : USD 35/-
Expat Registration Fee             : USD 35/-
International Registration Fee: USD 100/-

Registration Form

Participants Receive

  • Finisher’s medal for all finishers
  • Participation/Finisher’s e-certificate for all finishers
  • T-shirt for all participants
  • Registration confirmation and packet pick up
  • Special awards to top finishers
  • Awards celebration at Changlingmethang parking, Thimphu
  • Basic food supplies at all the water stations
  • Roving medical support
  • Roving technical support
  • Sweep vehicle for participants who must pull out of the event, or who do not make cut-off times.

Dragon’s Fury Race Guidelines

Tentative program itinerary

4th September, 2020

10:00 AM-2:00 PM Registration confirmation and race packet pick up at the Punakha Multi-Sports Hall, Kuruthang.

5th September, 2020

8:00 AM Report to start area, biking inspection and light breakfast for participants
9:00 AM – RACE START! (Flag off by Dasho Dzongdag)
12:00 PM Riders should cross Thinleygang
3:00 PM Riders should cross Dochula
7:00 PM Awards ceremony at Changlingmethang parking, Thimphu

Awards

All awards will be given at the awards ceremony on the 5th of September, 2020 at 7:00 PM.
Venue: Changlingmethang Parking, Thimphu
Dragon’s Fury prizes will be offered to participants as follows:

Age Categories:
Junior – 14-18 Years
Adult – 19+ Years

 Positions Junior Boys Adult Male 19+ Junior Girls Adult Female 19+
1st Nu. 15,000 Nu. 15,000 Nu. 15,000 Nu. 15,000
2nd Nu. 10,000 Nu. 10,000 Nu. 10,000 Nu. 10,000
3rd Nu. 5,000 Nu. 5,000 Nu. 5,000 Nu. 5,000

 

Course Information

Dragon’s Fury Race starts in Messina at an altitude of 1410 m (4625 ft). From Messina, the distance to Dochula at 3150 m (10,330 ft) is 38.3 km and the race is all uphill, with an average slope of 5%  and a few short sections of up to 10%. You will pass Thinleygang (11 kms), Lumitsawa (15 km), Lampiri (28 kms), and a memorial chorten for traffic accident victims (32 kms). Thinleygang is the only place recognizable as a village, having a couple of shops and a BHU (Basic Health Unit). Racing 1700 m (5575 ft) uphill is as breathtaking as the views.

After Dochula, it’s all downhill to Thimphu at 2330 m (7640 ft), with a small climb only at the end at Changlingmethang parking.

Course Details

Start Point Elevation (m) End Point Elevation (m) Highest Point (m) Distance (in km)
Messina 1200 Thimphu 2330 Dochula – 3150 60

Route Distance

Sl. No. Station Distance (in kms)  
From To
1. Messina (Punakha road junction) Thinleygang 10
2. Thinleygang Lumitsawa 4
3. Lumitsawa Lamperi 12
4. Lamperi Dochu La 11
5. Dochu La Semtokha (Mani Dungkhor) 17
6. Semtokha (Mani Dungkhor) Clock tower (via Olakha workshop road and expressway) 6
Total distance 60 km  

Aid Stations

Aid stations will feature water, fruit, and other  nutrition that will be announced prior to the race start. There will be mile markers at each aid station.

-Aid Station 1: Messina
-Aid Station 2: Thinleygang
-Aid Station 3: Menchuna

-Aid Station 4: Lamperi
-Aid Station 5: Dochu La

All riders are encouraged to carry a water bottle and any other necessary or needed personal food supplements between aid stations.

There will be six mobile aid cars roving along the route with food supplements, basic medical kit, and one technical personnel for minor bike repairs. You can get support at aid stations, but it is prudent not to count on the roving vehicles as it is impossible to know where they will be when you need them.

  • Course marshals at various checkpoints
  • Mobile ambulance for emergency medical back-ups
  • Traffic police & RSTA to monitor & control traffic
  • Mobile aid stations at the strategic areas with medical, technical support, and food.

Traffic

Traffic will be open to vehicles but will be monitored by local police and transportation officers. Most of this route is on the national highway in Bhutan, so vehicles will be on the roads.

Medical

Medical personnel will be available at the start and finish line as well as roving on the course. There will be an ambulance on standby.

Timing

There will be intermittent and undisclosed checkpoints along the course where you will check in with timing personnel. You will be given your finish time at the awards ceremony.

** Riders need to cross Dochula Pass by 1 pm. If not, the sweep team will pick you up. After the cut-off time, all resources such as volunteers, marshals, aid stations and officials will not be available to riders who insist on completing the race after the cut-off time.

SUPPORT OFF COURSE

    • Refreshments at the start (Messina) and finish line (Changlingmethang parking, Thimphu)
    • Medical support at the finish line in case of sustained injury

Day rooms will be provided at the end of the race for all the riders to wash up and refresh themselves before attending the awards ceremony.

Note: If you can not finish the event, you will be picked up by the sweep vehicle and transported to Thimphu.

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