Shimla: The Department of Youth Services and Sports, H.P and The Himalayan Motorsports Association, Shimla are co-organising the 18th Raid De Himalaya Rally from 7th to 15th October, 2016. A meeting was held to review the arrangements for holding the event here on Wednesday. Rakesh Sharma Director, Youth Services & Sports presided over the meeting.
The adventurous event will start from Manali and the participants will cover Lahaul, Spiti and Ladakh areas during the nine days long event which will conclude with prize distribution ceremony at Manali. The department of Tourism, Jammu & Kashmir is also supporting the event in Ladakh.
Participants will cover Manali- Gramphoo-Losar-Kaza on 9th October, Kaza-Komic-Dhankar-Kaza on 10th October, Kaza-Sarchu Camp on 11th October, Sarchu Camp-Leh on 12th October, Leh-Sarchu Camp on 13th October, Sarchu Camp-Shingo La- Manali on 14th October and prize distribution ceremony would be held on 15th October, 2016.
Vijay Parmar, President, Himalayan Motorsports Association detailed about the event. He said that 80 bikers including six lady bikers were expected to participate in the event.
About the Raid de Himalaya
The Raid de Himalaya, the only Indian motorsport event listed on the off-road rallies calendar of Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme (FIM), Geneva, Switzerland, has been organized by the Himalayan Motorsport Association and Maruti-Suzuki since 1999, making it one of India’s oldest international motorsport events.
Breaking with tradition at the time, the Raid de Himalaya was a trail blazer, running a marathon format with special stages sometimes longer than 100 kilometers. Another critical difference between the Raid and its counterparts was that the event had both cars and bikes in the fray.’
Over the years, the Raid de Himalaya has taken on an iconic status and a reputation for being the toughest motorsport event in India. From 16 participants in 1999, the rally has grown to include over 200 teams in 2013. The organizers have also had to contend with blizzards, earthquakes and snow storms, over the last 15 Raids. As a result, Safety and Evacuation systems have been refined for the fastest response to mitigate potentially fatal situations. The Raid organizers have also worked consistently to reduce the event’s carbon footprint (carbon di-oxide emission and noise pollution) to make the event as carbon neutral as possible.
The Raid de Himalaya’s route – through some of the world’s highest and toughest motorable roads and passes such as the Jalori Pass, Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La, Baralacha La, Tanglang La andKhardung La – is an extreme test of mental endurance and physical fitness. For one long week, men and machines contend with hostile terrain and inclement weather to achieve the almost impossible goal set before them.
For car and bike enthusiasts in India and across the world, the Raid de Himalaya is a much anticipated date on their annual calendar. It is open to professionals as well as to amateur motorsport lovers. The rally runs in two separate categories: X-Treme and Adventure Trial.
Some interesting Raid de Himalaya facts:
- The rally runs at the highest altitudes in the world: at 6,000 meters above sea level at some points!
- Lowest temperatures encountered by the rally participants: minus 20 degrees!
- Average distance covered by participants each day: 300 kilometers!
- Directly or indirectly, approximately 1,100 people are involved in the making of a single Raid de Himalaya.
- Fastest ascent in the history of the Raid – from Manali (5,200 ft) to Pang over the Lachulung la (16,600 ft) in just under 9 hours, in 2002!
- 320 people were rescued in a blizzard from on top of Baralacha La in 2005 – without a single injury.
- 65 official vehicles ensure that oncoming traffic is stopped before a Raid stage is flagged off!
- The Raid has its own mobile workshop, generators, camp facilities for over 200 people, 25 mechanics, 6 ambulances.
The Raid de Himalaya 2016
This year, the 18th edition of the Raid de Himalaya will take place from October 7 to 15.The entries for the Raid opened on April 15, 2016.
The Himalayan Motorsport Association was formed in 1999 with the aim of conducting motorsporting events in the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
The association is registered as a society under the Registrar of Societies Act 1814 at Shimla where the association has its registered office.
HMA is a non – profit society that donates its surplus income for worthy causes. In 2012, Himalayan Motorsport donated Rs. 10 lakhs to the Deputy Commissioner Leh towards relief work conducted for the victims of the cloudburst that struck Ladakh. HMA also supports Umang, a society in Jaipur that is involved with educating children with special needs. As part of its social responsibility program, HMA organizes rallies for ‘blind navigators’ in Delhi and Rajasthan.
All members of HMA have been associated with motorsport for the last 20 to 30 years as rally drivers or organizers, across the country. Many are qualified Scrutineers and Stewards who have current Scrutineer and Steward licenses from the FMSCI.
The Himalayan Motorsport Association is a Council Member Club of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI), Chennai. About 500 clubs are members of the Federation of which eight are appointed as Council Members.
HMA is the first Indian Club (in 2001) to have its event – the Raid de Himalaya – inscribed on the International Off Road Rallies Calendar with the FIA (Paris) and the FIM (Geneva). There are 12 such events worldwide and the Raid de Himalaya is one of them.
Internationally reputed to be the “highest motorsport event in the world”, the Raid de Himalaya was created by HMA and has been organized and conducted by the club for the past 15 years consecutively.
Maruti Suzuki has been actively involved with motorsport in the country for over a decade now. To popularize action sport, the Maruti Suzuki motorsport calendar is packed with exciting motoring events. The company has been associated with the Himalayan Motorsport Association through the latter’s flagship rally – the Raid de Himalaya – since 2000.
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has been the title sponsor since 2001, which has made their support of the Rally Raid de Himalaya the longest continuous handshake in Indian motorsport.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan. Maruti Suzuki has been the leader of the Indian car market for over two and a half decades. The company produces over a 1.5 million vehicles annually and offers 14 brands and over 150 variants of vehicles.
Registrations for the Raid de Himalaya 2016
The entries for the Raid de Himalaya, the world’s highest rally and India’s most anticipated motorsport event will close on September 30, 2016.
The Raid de Himalaya, now in its 18th edition, is the only Indian motorsport event listed on the off-road rallies calendar of Federation InternationaleMotorcyclisme (FIM), Geneva, Switzerland. Its – through some of the world’s highest and toughest motorable roads and passes such as the Jalori Pass, Rohtang Pass, Kunzum La, Baralacha La, Tanglang La and Khardung La – is an extreme test of mental endurance and physical tolerance. For a week, men and machines contend with 18,000 kilometers of hostile terrain and inclement weather to achieve the almost impossible goal set before them.
For car and bike enthusiasts in India and across the world, the Raid de Himalaya is a much anticipated date on their annual calendar. The event’s growing popularity over the years has seen participation levels exceed 200 teams in car and bike categories.
The Raid de Himalaya is open to professional as well as amateur motorsport lovers. The rally runs in three separate categories: X-Treme, Moto+Quad and Adventure Trial.