This weekend, 16th July 2016, I will be participating in the Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2016. This annual cycling event was started by socialtours in 2011 with the aim of raising money for various social causes. Since then, it has been growing in size, quality and has raised over Rs. 5 million.
So, how I got interested into registering for that? Firstly, it has been quite some time since I last had a REAL bicycle ride. Due to some personal and professional commitments, I have not been able to get on my bicycle as much as I’d like to. But, on fine day, I came across Kathmandu Kora’s Facebook page about the cycling challenge. I had heard about Kathmandu Kora before but never really heeded to what they are and their works. I went to their official website, did some reading and was very impressed by their initiatives. I came to know it was a ride for a good cause. Last year alone, they had close to 3000 rides and raised about Rs. 0.7 million which was used to build a health facility in Gorkha after the devastating Great Earthquake in 2015. And I am not among the ones to shy away from a challenge especially when it comes to pushing my physical limits. This encouraged me to even more.
There are three categories for the event: 50k, 75k and 100k. The funds from this year will be used for two causes: Medicare on Wheels (Ambulance for Gatlang, Rasuwa) and Help a Child Get Education (School in Sikharbesi, Nuwakot). Funds will be raised by pledges made to the cyclists for each kilometre they complete (at least Rs. 100 per km). Riders can choose which cause they want to donate to. I will be riding for “Help a Child Get Education” in the 75k event and hope to complete the course in no more than 5 hours. I plan to raise at least Rs. 12000 for the cause. Sunil Karmacharya will be joining me for this noble cause. Super stoked about it.
Come join me and the others for a fun ride with a good cause. Register here for Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge 2016. Registration ends on 15th July at 23:59. A waiver has been made for the ride which you can download here including a jersey template (if you wish a print a tee for the occasion). Go to their Facebook page for more details updates. And fellow cyclists, if you are on Strava, let’s follow on another. Click here for my profile on Strava.