On arrival in Pokhara I noticed posters for the Cassanga Challenge, a multi sport adventure race.
I signed up for the 7.5 km cycling section followed by a 6 km road run ($10).
I rented a decent mountain bike for the day ($15).
As I did not attend orientation, I had no idea the entire 13.5km would be uphill towards the highest mountains in the world! 😕
I managed to ride past transition. Before switching to the run. Uphill.
I was one of the last — of those who finished. Here at the bridge.
Some expats decided to run back the 6km to transition. So I joined them. It was much easier downhill.
For paddling you needed to be experienced Class IV. Not me.
However, the put-in for paddling / transition was a lovely spot.
For my $10 entry fee I got the race, t-shirt and as much dal bhat and goat as I could eat.
Winners of the Men’s division Bike/Run:
1st Laxman Malla (Nepal)
2nd Himal Tamata (Nepal)
3rd Kamal Oli (Nepal)