Join us this September 5th, 2015 for the Tour of the Dragon and Dragons Fury Mountain Bike Race in one of the world’s most mysterious, beautiful and inaccessible countries.

Both events finish in the capital city of Thimphu in the country of Bhutan.
The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a land of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmark against which all things are measured, and where the King rules by ‘Gross National Happiness’.
On your journey through the stunning rural countryside and villages, you’ll discover the geographical and cultural wonders of a country naturally designed to be a tantalizing destination for adventure and spiritual seekers.
Come for the event, and stay for the travel experience of a lifetime.

Tour of the Dragon Event Information

The Tour of the Dragon starts in Bumthang and travels 268km over 4 mountain passes before finishing in Thimphu town square. Billed as one of the toughest one day mountain bike races in the world.
Distance: 268km

Saturday, September 5, 2015. 2:00 AM, Bumthang, Bhutan.


National Registration Fee: Nu. 7000
SAARC Registration Fee: USD $ 163
ExPat Registration Fee: USD $ 163
International Registration Fee: USD$250

Participants Receive

  • Finishers Medal for all finishers
  • Finishers Certificate for all finishers
  • Participation Certificate for all participants
  • T-Shirt for all participants
  • Pre-race briefing in Bumthang
  • Bike and Participant Transportation from Thimphu to the start line in Bumthang (as needed)
  • Special Awards to top finishers
  • Awards Celebration at Clock Tower Square, Thimphu
  • Aid stations (aid station supplies will be announced before the race)
  • Roving medical support
  • Roving technical support
  • Sweep vehicle for participants who must pull out of the event, or who do not make cut off times.

Course Details

Start Point Elevation End Point Elevation Highest Point Distance
Jakar town 2610m Gaytsha 2950m Kiki la – 2870 27 km
Gaytsha 2950m Trongsa 2150m Yotong la – 3434m 41 km
Trongsa 2150m Chendebji 2430m Near Chendebji – 2440m 43 km
Chendebji 2430m Wangdue Phodrang 1200m Pele la – 3430m 87 km
Wangdue Phodrang 1200m Thimphu 2330m Dochula -3150m 70 km

Aid stations

Aid stations are located approximately 20Kms apart. Aid stations will feature water, fruit, and other  nutrition that will be announced prior to the race start. There will be mile markers at each aid station.

All riders are encouraged to carry a water bottle and any other necessary or needed personal food supplements between aid stations.

There will be six mobile aid cars roving along the route with food supplements basic medical kit and one technical personnel for minor bike repairs. You can get support at aid stations, but it is prudent to not count on the roving vehicles as it is impossible to know where they will be when you need them.


Traffic will be open to vehicles, but will be monitored by local police and transportation officers. Most of this route is on the national highway in Bhutan, so vehicles will be on the roads.


Medical personnel will be available at the start and finish line as well as roving on the course. There will be an ambulance on standby.


There will be intermittent and undisclosed checkpoints along the course where you will check in with timing personnel. You will be given your finish time at the Awards Ceremony.

** Riders need to cross Dochula Pass by 6 pm. If not, the sweep team will pick you up. After the cut off time all resources such as volunteers, marshals, aid stations and officials will not be available to riders who insist on completing the race the rider after the cut off time.

Tentative Itinerary for the 6th Tour of the Dragon, 2015

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015
7:00 AM

  • Participants gather at Changlimithang parking lot with their bikes and necessary gear (except for those who plan to take their own vehicle)
  • Load bikes onto trucks
  • Load participants in buses

8:00 AM Leave for Bumthang

10:30 AM Breakfast in Messina

11:00 AM Resume journey

2:00 PM Lunch at Longtey or Chagzam

8:00 PM Reach Bumthang

9:00 PM Dinner

Thursday, 3rd September 2015
7:30 AM

9:45-12:30 PM Optional excursion to Mebar Tsho and other nearby attractions

1:00 PM Lunch at respective hotel

3:00-5:00 PM Audience with His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

The rest of the evening of the 3rd is open.

Friday, 4th September 2015
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
 Registration and race packet pick up in Bumthang (venue to be confirmed)

Saturday, 5th September 2015

Note: If you do not make a designated cut off time, you will be picked up by the sweep vehicle and transported to Thimphu by Saturday evening.

1:00 AM Report to start area, biking inspection and light breakfast for participants


6:00 PM Final Cut Off time at Dochula Pass. If you make it to Dochula by 6:00 PM you are allowed to continue to the finish line.

7:00 PM Awards Ceremony at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu