On September 9, 2023, the 9th Basumtso Lake-round International Mountain Cycling Race kicked off in Gongbo Gyamda County, Nyingchi City. The Race attracted 111 competitors from the Tibet Autonomous Region, inland provinces and municipalities, as well as the United States and Russia, who fiercely competed along the bank of the Basumtso Lake.
The 99-kilometer track of the Race is known to consist of 90% mountain cross-country racing tracks, including forest roads, mountain roads, gravel, and meadow pavements, and 10% highway tracks.
Tuersongjiang Bullick, a competitor from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the third-place winner in 2018, participated in the Race for the second time. He mentioned, "The track this year is narrower and more challenging for us competitors. However, we also noticed that many dirt roads have been converted into asphalt roads. This might make it slightly easier for us compared to before. I hope all competitors can achieve good results."
"It's my first time competing here. The track scenery is so stunning, and the route plan is truly unique. I definitely have to bring my friends here when I get the chance", said Patrick Hall of the United States, feeling excited as he arrived in the Tibet Autonomous Region for the first time.
Chen Du, a member of the Organizing Committee, said, "Previous races were held during the May Day holiday, but this year, the race commenced in September. The change in seasons has brought about a new environment and surrounding scenery on the race track. During this period, Basumtso received abundant rainfall, resulting in a long muddy section on the cross-country route, making it even more challenging. I hope all the competitors can achieve good results."
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