Dragons Fury Mountain Bike Race in one of the worlds most mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible countries. Its the shorter version of The Bhutan’s Tour of The Dragon Mountain Bike Race. Bhutan Dragons Fury Mountain Bike Race in one of the worlds most mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible countries. Its the shorter version of The Bhutan’s Tour of The Dragon Mountain Bike Race. The 3rd Bhutan Dragons Fury Mountain Bike Race in one of the worlds most mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible countries.

Dragon’s Fury Mountain Bike Race was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty, the 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Dragon’s Fury Mountain Bike 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 km), Lumitsawa (15 km), Lampiri (28 km), and a memorial chorten for traffic accident victims (32 km). 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 to the Thimphu city square.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a land of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmark against which all things are measured, and where the King rules by ‘Gross National Happiness’.

On your journey through the stunning rural countryside and villages, you’ll discover the geographical and cultural wonders of a country naturally designed to be a tantalizing destination for adventure and spiritual seekers.

Come for the event, and stay for the travel experience of a lifetime by participating in DRAGONS FURY MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE!


Tour Facts


Race Distance: 60 KMS

Race Date: 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

Race Duration: ONE DAY

Race Starting Point: MESSINA PUNAKHA


Race Fee: USD 100


All awards will be given at the awards ceremony on 3rd September, 2016 at 7:00 PM – Venue: Clock Tower Square, Thimphu

Dragon’s Fury prizes will be offered to participants as follows:

Sl No. Stations Distance in Kms District to District Distance in Kms
From To
1 Messina Thinleygang 10           60
2 Thinleygang Lumitsawa 4
3 Lumitsawa Lamperi 12
4 Lamperi Dochula Pass 11
5 Dochula Pass Simtokha Junction 17
6 Simtokha Junction Clock Tower via Express Way 6
  Total Distance   60


  1. Mountain Bike - Only Mountain Bike [26”, 27.5” & 29” wheel dimension and tire size not less than 1.75” (this is as per the recommendation of the route calibration team)] will be allowed to use on race day.
  2. Helmet - All participants must have a helmet with proper chinstrap. Wearing a rigid safety helmet shall be mandatory during course.
  3. Back-up Kit - All participants must carry the following back-up kit:
  • Spare tube or a repair kit.
  • Small portable pump A participant may also help another participant execute a repair of any sort. The organizing committee shall not be responsible for any loss of time due to technical problems.
  1. Cycling Clothing - The organizer recommends participants to wear an appropriate cycling outfit for their maximum performance during the course. The weather can be uncertain at the time of the race especially in the morning and downhill stretches. So hope for the best, prepare for the worst. that we are pleasantly surprised with good weather.]


Personal vehicle is not allowed to assist / ply during the course of the race.


Riders will need to arrange accommodation and food at Wangdue / Punakha on their own.


  • Aid stations

- Aid Station 1: Thinleygang

- Aid Station 2: Menchuna

- Aid Station 3: Lamperi

- Aid Station 4: Dochu La

  • Course Marshals at various check points
  • Mobile Ambulance: Emergency medical back-ups
  • Traffic Police & RSTA: Monitor & control traffic
  • Mobile aid stations at the strategic areas with medical, technical and food.


  • Refreshments at the start (Messina) & finish line (Clock Tower, Thimphu)
  • Medical Support at the finish line in case of sustained injury


All participants must report to the start point (Messina, Punakha) at 7:00a.m. sharp on the race day, Saturday the 2ndof September 2017. The race start - off at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

Starting position will be determined by the registration number.

No rider may be on course during the race if he/she has not registered for the race, unless approved by the organizing committee. No other person, without any official responsibility or without the approval of organizing committee may be on the course.


Participants will be tested for doping banned substances, and must compulsorily provide urine samples, when asked, at either or both the start or finish points. A participant whose test result is positive must promptly return any prizes and primes won in the event.

1.Conduct of Riders

Any misconduct on part of any rider, in breach of any of the guidelines given below, will result in disqualification of the individual from the race

as may be decided by the Organizing Committee. The decision of the Organizing Committee will be final and binding.

  • All riders must at all times respect the existing road traffic rules and regulations.
  • All riders must wear their helmets and fasten chinstrap during the race while they are riding their bicycles. The helmet must be fastened before the participant first mounts the bicycle, at all times when the participant is on the bicycle, and must not be unfastened until the rider has dismounted.
  • All participants shall demonstrate proper sporting spirit and shall, in whatever capacity, participate in the race in fair and sporting manner. They shall all endeavor to contribute fairly to the sporting success of the race.

1.4 Carrying and using glass containers are forbidden during the race.

1.5 All riders must respect the environment and must make sure that they do not pollute the course venue.

1.6 All riders may render each other such minor services as lending or exchanging food, drink, spanners or accessories. The lending or exchanging of bicycles is not acceptable.

1.7 All Riders shall ride with utmost caution. They shall be held responsible for any accidents that they may cause.

1.8 No rider including, but not limited to, race officials and marshals shall consume alcoholic beverages or any other intoxicants while the race is in progress and any such person who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicant shall be promptly relieved of responsibilities/disqualified.

  1. Punishable Offenses

The following offenses shall be punishable by disqualification in the current race and suspension from the next edition of the Dragon’s Fury, as may be decided by the organizing committee. The decision of the Organizing Committee will be final and binding:

2.1 The pushing of one rider by another or any sort of physical aggression toward another rider.

2.2 Intentionally making abrupt motion so as to interfere with the forward progress of another rider. All riders must permit any following or faster rider to overtake without obstructing such a rider.

2.3 No acts of unsportsmanlike conduct in conjunction with the event will be allowed.

2.4 Entering the competition under an assumed name or falsifying documentation at the time of registration.

2.5 Assaulting or committing a violent injury on other rider or official.

2.6 Pushing or pulling other riders. No rider may hold back or pull an opponent by any part of his/her clothing, equipment or body.

2.7 Behavior dangerous to the rider or other competitors.

2.8 Holding on to a motor vehicle.

2.9 Failing to ride the entire course, by taking a short cut, riding in a motor vehicle, or by other means.

2.10 Pulling or pushing another rider or another rider's equipment during a sprint.

2.11 Fraud or attempted fraud during the race;

Itinerary for the 3rd Dragon’s Fury, 2017

September 1st 2017

10:00 AM-2:00 PM Registration confirmation and race packet pick up in Wangdue.

September 2nd 2017Note: If you can not finish the event, you will be picked up by the sweep vehicle and transported to Thimphu.

6:00 AM Wake-up call

7:00 AM Report to start area, biking inspection and light breakfast for participants

8:00 AM – RACE START! (Flag off by Dasho Dzongda – District Governor)

10:00 AM Riders should cross Thinleygang

1:00 PM Riders should cross Dochula

7:00 PM Awards ceremony at Clock Tower Square, Thimphu

Age Categories:

Junior – 14-18 Years Adult – 19+ Years
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


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.

Dragon’s Fury Participants Receive

  • Finisher’s medal for all finishers
  • Finisher’s certificate for all finishers
  • Participation certificate for all participants
  • T-shirt for all participants
  • Registration confirmation and packet pick up
  • Special awards to top finishers
  • Awards celebration at Clock Tower Square, Thimphu
  • Aid stations (aid station supplies will be announced before the race)
  • 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.


At the end of the race, results will not be announced until all the checklists are crosschecked and verified by the technical official. All participants are requested to be present during the prize awarding ceremony.