Reimund Dietzen, the 56-year old retired road and cyclo-cross cyclist from Germany knows no boundaries when it comes to cycling. He is one of the participants at the 11th edition of Hero MTB Himalaya, considered one of the toughest races in the world. Set amidst the grand Himalayas, the race is not for the faint hearted. A 7 day stage race covering over 550 kms of dirt track, broken tarmac, and single trails that takes the rider through the pristine beauty of the untouched Himalayas.
With years of experience of professional cycling and wining many championships and races in his professional career, Reimund Dietzen is ready to conquer the majestic Himalayas. Having won 9 German championships and finishing podium twice at Vuelta de Espana, he admits that Hero MTB Himalaya will be a “very difficult” challenge.
Hero MTB Himalaya, a venture by HASTPA and Hero Cycles is now attracting top riders from across the world and Reimund, being a former Tour de France rider, is using this event to explore India while participating in the Master Solo category. When asked what he is expecting from his first trip to India, the cross-cyclist replied, “To get to know the people of India and learn more about the country”.
Ahead of the race, being conducted from 26 September to 04 October 2015, Reimund Dietzen admitted that although his favourite race has always been the Vuelta Espana, he is now looking forward to Hero MTB Himalaya. The race doesn’t get better than this when riders who’ve participated in world renowned races admit their enthusiasm to be part of Hero MTB Himalaya.
‘Participation of experienced and renowned professional riders like Reimund Dietzen just goes on to prove the global presence of Hero MTB Himalaya. It has been our endeavour to make Hero MTB Himalaya one of the most sought after races in the world. This year has been exciting for us as we have a lot of foreign professional riders taking part in the race this year,’ said Anil Saunlakha, Secretary Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA).