4 day mountain bike stage race based entirely around the lakeside enclave of Pokhara

FEBRUARY 11th – 16th 2018

INTO THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS ON TRAILS RARELY RIDDEN

Pokhara IV is a 4 day mountain bike stage race based entirely around the lakeside city of Pokhara. Each stage will take riders on a different loop out into the Himalayan foothills on trails rarely ridden, all of which give outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

After completing each stage riders return to the same hotel and can enjoy all the luxuries on offer in the tourist enclave of Lakeside Pokhara.

  •  6 days / 5 nights
  •  February 11th to 16th 2018
  •  4 stages of approx 50km per stage
  •  5 nights accommodation in Pokhara
  •  Full race support, including water stations and route marking
  •  Coach transfer Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

MOUNTAIN BIKING WORLDWIDE AND OUR PARTNERS

ITINERARY & ENTRY DETAILS

FEBRUARY 11th TO 16th 2018

February 11th – Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara for riders and bikes. Stop at river side lodge en route for lunch. Transfer time approx 8 hours.

February 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th – “Pokhara IV” – See stage details below

February 16th – Coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for riders and bikes. Stop at a river side lodge en route for lunch.
Transfer time approx 8 hours

Rider Entry Fee: $395

RACE STAGES

FOUR STAGES

February 12th 2018 – Fewa Lake Loop – 43km. 1500m ascent

Stage 1 of Pokhara IV takes riders to the east of Pokhara around Fewa Lake and the landmark of Santi Stupa.

The day will start with a 7km group ride out to the start (and finish) gate for the day.

Todays course climbs and criss crosses the mountains surrounding the prominent Stupa before descending on some awesome singletrack back down to the lakeside and a cool down 7km ride back to the hotel.

February 13th 2018 – Kristi Hill Loop – 55km, 1750m ascent

Stage 2 of the Pokhara IV starts with a 5km group ride to the start and finish line.

The trail is 2 loops with the second loop being much tougher than the first, with some really steep climbs rewarded with awesome views across to snowcapped mountains.

February 14th 2018 – Begnas Lake loop – 56km, 1880m ascent

Stage 3 of Pokara IV is the longest of all 4 with a total distance of nearly 100km including the 15km ride to the start line.

Todays course starts from beautiful Begnas lake and climbs up to Kalika top before descending via a different route back down to Begnas and a loop around Rupa lake on undulating trails.

There’s plenty of time for the legs to recover after the race with an easy 15km spin on flat road back to the hotel.

February 15th 2018 – Bat Cave Loop – 45km, 1550m ascent

For the final stage of Pokara IV 2018 we will be starting and finishing from the south side of Pokhara , approx 10km from our hotel, at the famous Mahindra Cave. Todays course also consists of 2 loops which takes riders through some rarely visited rural villages.

There should be time to explore the caves before embarking on the 10km return ride to the hotel where post race celebrations will commence once everybody has returned.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

AND WHAT ISN’T

Included in entry fee

  • Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Pokahara – February 10th
  • Accommodation in a 3*+ hotel in Pokhara (Feb 10-14 inclusive)
  • Physical and GPS route marking
  • Aid stations during race with liquid and nutritional support
  • Mechanical services (to be paid for)
  • Massage services (to be paid for)
  • Finishers T-shirts and medals
  • Winners Trophies
  • Post race party
  • Coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu – February 15th (airport transfers, Kathmandu accommodation etc can be arranged at an extra cost)

Not included in entry fee

  • International flights
  • Equipment- including bike, helmet, clothing etc
  • Any food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance
  • Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee
  • Entry visas or immigration services
  • Accommodation on or before February 10th, or on or after February 14th

APPLICATION FORM

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

WHAT THE FAQ?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a visa for Nepal?
Yes, nearly all nationalities need a visa to visit Nepal. A 15 day visa is US$25, a 30 day visa is US$40, or a 90 day visa is US$100 (this has to be paid for in foreign currency, US$, AUS$, Euro, GBP etc) can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, for which you will need 1 passport sized photograph and a pen (On a busy day it can take well over an hour to pass through passport control, especially if you do not have a pen to complete the forms) The necessary documents will be given to you either on your flight or are obtainable in the airport. Visas can also be arranged in advance at your nearest Nepali embassy.
How do I get to Nepal?
Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. There are a number of airlines that fly there including Emirates, Qatar, Jet, India, Turkish. Most flights either go via the middle east or India.
How do I get from the airport to Kathmandu?

Depending on traffic, it is an approx 30 minute ride into Thamel (Kathmadu’s tourist district). A taxi will cost around $5 and can be booked at the taxi counter inside the airport.

If you have a reservation, most hotels in Thamel will collect you from the airport if you ask in advance.

Can you recommend a hotel in Thamel?

The International Guesthouse in Thamel is the official hotel for all MTB-Worldwide events and tours

Riders booking in advance will receive a  discount on the room rates and free airport pickup on arrival (please request at time of booking).

To reserve a room please contact the hotel directly and mention that you will be taking part in PokharaIV.

How do we get to the race start?
There will be a coach transfer from the International GuestHouse for both riders and bikes to the race hotel in Pokhara at 8am on February 11th. The journey will take approx. 8 hours and we will stop for lunch on the way (not included in entry fee)
What is the accommodation like during the race?
All riders will be accommodated at the Butterfly Lodge (.http://www.butterfly-lodge.org/), which is conveniently located within a 5 minute walk of the lakeside, also having its own restaurant, bar, spa facilities and beautiful gardens.
On what basis is the room sharing?
The entry fee includes 5 nights at the Butterfly Lodge on a twin sharing basis. Single room supplement is available at an extra $100 per person.
What will the weather be like?
Food is not included in the entry fee. Pokhara has the best selection of restaurants in Nepal, ranging from local eateries serving Nepali food to Korean cuisine and everything in between so there will be something to suit everybody’s tastes. There are also a plethora of places serving fresh coffee, ice cream, pastries, many in beautiful lakeside settings.
What kind of bike is best for PokharaIV?
Whatever bike you are most comfortable with back home. The terrain during the race is very varied so will suit both hardtails and full suspension.
Am I fit enough to compete in PokharaIV.
PokharaIV is probably one of the best races to take on if you are unsure about stage racing. The course has been designed so that they can be cut short in the event of fatigue and you can even sit out a stage if the going is too hard.
Will there be bike washing facilities?
Yes, we will have a designated area at the Butterfly Lodge whether either yourself or the race mechanic (services to be paid for) can wash your bike.
Will there be a bike mechanic?
Yes, there will be a bike mechanic based at the hotel. A bike clean and lubricate can be booked in advance at a cost of $120 for the 4 sessions via the application form. This will also entitle the rider to a reduced fee of $30 per hour for additional repairs that may need to be carried out. A bike clean and lubricate can be booked on the day at a cost of $40, with additional repairs at $40 per hour, but priority will be given to pre-booked clients.
Will there be back up and a doctor available?
There will be a fully qualified doctor based at the hotel / teahouse and a first aid team will (wherever possible) be sweeping each stage in case there are any injuries during the race. Please complete the medical section on the application form as comprehensively as possible so that our doctors are armed with all the correct information relating to your medical history.
Is it possible to take a non-riding companion?
Of course!! We would like nothing more than for you to have your family or friends along to support you. Companions enjoy the exact same services as included in the racers package, and the cost is the same.
What time does the riding start each day and how long should we expect to be out for?
As the mornings can be quite cold, the race will generally not start until 9 am, unless conditions dictate otherwise. On average we expect the faster riders to be riding for around 2 to 3 hours per day and the slowest ones to be twice that time, some days will be shorter and 1 or 2 maybe longer!
Will there be race briefings each day and are these mandatory?
Yes. The departure times from the hotel for each days stage start will be posted on a prominent notice board. Riders will need to strictly adhere to theses times, or find their own way to the start line. A daily pre stage briefing will be conducted at the start line.
How do we get to and from the start line?
Each start line will be in a different location, with the furthest being approx. 15km from the hotel. All riders will receive a GPX file of the route between the hotel and the start line and there will be a group leader to guide the riders on the way out. Riders will be expected to find their own way back to the hotel once they have completed the stage.
Are there any vaccination requirements for Nepal

The following vaccinations are recommended for people visiting Nepal but it is advisable to check with your GP as to what you may require:

  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A.
How is the race route marked?
Each rider will be sent .gpx files to the exact course at least one week before the race commences. All riders are expected to upload these to their GPS device and use this information to navigate the course. In addition to this, the route will be physically marked with prominent markers at regular intervals and any ambiguous junctions etc.
What language will the race briefing be conducted in?
The race briefings will be conducted in English, and it is very important that all riders are able to understand instructions given during the briefing.
It looks like the race is going to be hard on the body. Can I get a sports massage during the race.

Yes. You can prebook a3 x 30 minute session package for $120 via the application form.

It may be possible to book a massage on the day at a cost of $50 per 30 minutes but this will be subject to availability after all prebooked sessions have been completed

Do I need insurance to enter PokharaIV

Yes. In the event of an emergency, helicopter evacuation maybe necessary. This is a very expensive procedure so it is essential that all competitors have insurance that will cover this and any medical treatment that may be required.

Proof of insurance will be required by January 10th  2018. Any riders without adequate insurance will not be allowed to race.

Can you recommend an insurance company
Yes. We have partnered with World Nomads insurance who can provide insurance for residents of over 150 countries. Please use the panel below to receive a quotation
Do the race hotels have WIFI?
Yes, the Butterfly Lodge has wifi in all the rooms and restaurant and most restaurants around lakeside will also have free wifi
How do I apply to enter the race?
All potential riders need to complete to application form which is available from the homepage, dropdown menu or  here – Application Form. Once we have received your completed application we will contact you with details on  procedures of how to secure  your place in the race. Please fill in details on the application form as thoroughly as possible as this will help us to make a speedy decision on your application.
How do I secure my place in the race?
Once we have received your application and it has been accepted then a deposit of $100 will ensure your place in the 2018 race is secure (full details will be emailed at the time of acceptance). Please note, this is a NON REFUNDABLE deposit and is a statement of intent that you are definitely wish to take part in the race. We will make preliminary bookings based on this, which will incur costs. The deposit CANNOT be refunded at a later date if you change your mind!
What payment methods do you accept for the deposit or balance in full?
At the moment , we can accept bank transfer or Paypal payments. Full details will be included in the application acceptance letter
What happens to my bike when the race is finished?
The bikes will be transported back to Kathmandu from the race hotel along with the riders on the 16th February.
How do the riders return from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

A private luxury coach will transport riders back to Kathmandu. The journey is 200km and will take approx 8 hours. There will be a lunch stop which but this  isn’t  included in the entry fee.

All riders, bikes and luggage will be dropped off at the International Guesthouse in Thamel.

Will the mechanic have a range of spare parts?
Yes, the race mechanic will have a range of spare parts for sale at local prices (which due to import costs are higher than UK, European and USA prices). However, it is advisable to bring and specialist spares and at least 1 spare tyre with you.
Is there a recommended medical kit list to take to the event?

Although PokharaIV is centred in an area with modern medical facilities it is always prudent to bring your own medical supplies in the eventuality that somethings are not available on location or are needed in an emergency.

Plasters (including blister plasters)
Bandages
Antiseptic spray and/or wash
Hand sanitiser and/or hand wash
Pain killers i.e. paracetamol, ibuprofen etc.
Any prescribed medication (in original containers, clearly labelled: check with your airline whether they should be packed in checked in or hand luggage) – including inhalers / epi-pens
Diarrhoea and vomiting tablets
Constipation tablets
Anti-allergy tablets
Throat tablets
Water filters and/or purifiers for areas of non adequate drinking water
Strong factor of suncream
High factor lip salve
Cat 4 sunglasses

We would also advise that all riders and companions see their local doctor or GP regarding getting advice and/or medications for the following:

Antibiotics or medications for gastroenteritis
Antibiotics for wound infections (if these differ)
Discussing whether or not they may need altitude sickness tablets (i.e. Diamox)
Pain relief
Any currently prescribed medication that you are taking

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