Wayanad: The fifth international mountain cycling event (MTB Kerala 2018) will be held at Priyadarshini tea estate in Mananthavady, Wayanad on December 8. It is being organized by Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society and DTPC Wayanad under the aegis of Kerala Tourism Department. The Cycling Federation of India is also cooperating with the programme.
Adventure cyclists from around ten countries will take part in the event, where International cross-country competition (Men), National cross-country competition (Men) and Cross-country competition (Women) will be held.
The event is expected to promote Kerala as an international adventure sports venue. Competitions will be held on a five-km circuit track of international standards. MTB Kerala is expected to give a boost to similar sports in Wayanad. The natural scenery and terrain of the place are ideal for holding such contests.
Thousands of spectators, including foreign tourists, are expected to turn up for the latest edition.
The first event, MTB Kerala- 2012, was held at Thenmala in Kollam district and Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram. The second and third editions were organized at Harrisons tea estate, Pozhuthana and Priyadarshini tea estate at Mananthavady respectively in Wayanad.
The fourth competition took place at Pankavu, Kottoor in Thiruvananthapuram district.
By hosting such events, the government hopes to inspire the new generation to take up adventure sports, apart from attracting international tourists. The government’s tourism policy also lays stress on adventure activities.