Tour-de-Kashmir to be 3-stage event next year: JKSDA

Srinagar, Nov 1: After the success of 11th J&K Bank Tour-de-Kashmir Cycle Race held from Srinagar to Gulmarg on Wednesday, J&K Sports Development Association (JKSDA) has decided to expand tour to three-stage event next year.
 During the last 10 editions, the tour was held from Srinagar to Pahalgam covering a total distance of 100-kilometres while the 11th edition saw change of race route from Srinagar to Gulmarg with a total distance of 60-kilometres.
 “The experiment with change of route from traditional Pahalgam to Gulmarg worked as it opened new venues for us. Initially we were hesitant to change the route but with the help of almighty everything worked smoothly and event turned as a great success,” said founder of the event and JKSDA Organising secretary Reyaz Wani.
 “We are delighted with the outcome and now we have decided to make it three-stage event next year. First day will see riders going from Srinagar to Pahalgam and back. Second day they will go to Gulmarg and back. For third stage, we are yet to choose any route but Sonamarg looks most probable option,” he said.
 He said that Tour-de-Kashmir has the potential to become State’s premier sporting event and major tourist attraction.
 “Tour-de-Kashmir is based on the concept of Tour-de-France which is known all over world and involves millions of dollars. Though we can’t compare our event with the 25-stage Tour-de-France mega event but Kashmir tour has got potential to lure cyclist from all over World. We have got similar terrains, natural beauty as that of France hence we can also achieve fair bit of success,” he added.
 Meanwhile on the occasion of flag off ceremony of 11th J&K Bank Tour-de-Kashmir at corporate headquarters JK Bank, JKSDA felicitated the deserved persons for their contribution in promoting sports in the State. They received felicitation trophy from JK Bank Executive President and Chairman Sports Board Taffazul Hussain. Those awarded were, Director Ridhi Sidhi (Adarsh Group) Zahoor Malik, Sr.Commander Air India, Capt. Kapil Raina, Chief Editor, J&K Bank Corporate Communications Sajad Bazaz.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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