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.
National Registration Fee : Nu. 2,000/-
SAARC Registration Fee : USD 35/-
Expat Registration Fee : USD 35/-
International Registration Fee: USD 100/-
- 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.
Tentative program itinerary
3rd September, 2021
10:00 AM-2:00 PM Registration confirmation and race packet pick up at the Punakha Multi-Sports Hall, Kuruthang.
4th September, 2021
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
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:
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|
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.
|Start Point||Elevation (m)||End Point||Elevation (m)||Highest Point (m)||Distance (in km)|
|Messina||1200||Thimphu||2330||Dochula – 3150||60|
|Sl. No.||Station||Distance (in kms)|
|1.||Messina (Punakha road junction)||Thinleygang||10|
|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 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.
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.