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Northquest Challenge - Ladakh XCM

Northquest Challenge - Ladakh XCM

Cycling | English | Age 12+

Leh Ladakh | 2360 Onwards

North Quest Challenge, established in 2016, is dedicated to promoting bicycling, with the emphasis on competitive cycling, at an altitude of 3700 Meters above sea level.

Conducted under the aegis of the Cycling Federation of India (CFI), NQC Ladakh (XCM) will not only host some of the best MTB riders from all over the country and the world, but will also see cycling enthusiasts, tourists & adventure seekers, compete at a height that people usually skydive from!

Scheduled for the last weekend of Sept 2019, the event is expected to see hardwired cycling enthusiasts, putting India on the global MTB map. Further, the platform also aims to spot, nurture & groom local talent, via the talent development program, instituted in collaboration with CFI.

NQC is dedicated to the development of competitive cyclists in an atmosphere of fun, safety, and camaraderie. In addition to its rider development and racing activities, NQC has experience in race promotion and organization, and its members serve as important resources for aspiring riders and visitors seeking information on cycling in India.

What are the race categories I can participate in?

Elite Series (National Level Athletes and top 5 Amateur finishers of 2018 edition) Timed, 2 Stage Race – 90 -100 kms

Extreme Series (Amateurs Non – Elite) Timed, 2 Stage Race – 70 - 90 kms

Trailblazers (Talent Hunt for the local school children from the region) – single stage 25 kms

Adventure Series (Open Category, Fun Ride) Non-Timed – single day, 10 - 15 kms

Who will pay for the 4 days of stay for the entire event?

We have special packages (including registration fees) for travel and stay to be selected. Participants are free to make their own arrangements.

The packages can be viewed on our website.

You, your friends and family will have a great stay in Leh as our dedicated volunteers and staff looks forward to having you in town and want to make your time memorable. Our Hospitality partners will ensure that your comfort needs are met after a grueling day out on the circuit.

How do I register for the Event?

You can register through our website www.northquest.in

How do I get my cycle?

If coming by flight, we suggest you ask the airline as to what the best possible way is to get the cycle on board. Usually, airlines ask the cycle to be dismantled and packed in a box of hard cardboard and wrap the same with plastic or use the dedicated cycle packing bags. However, extra baggage charges may be levied as applicable by the airline of your choice.

Is there a fun category?

There is a non-timed category of 10 - 15 Km called the Adventure Series 

Will you provide us with cycles? 

Limited number of cycles will be made available on first come first serve basis at a discounted rental cost. 

How is the weather? 

The average highest temperature in September ranges between 18°C& 24°C and the average lowest temperature in September ranges between 3°C & 8°C. So, it’s perfect climate to cycle. 

What is the best way to travel?

Depending on your budget you can either take a flight to Leh-Ladakh OR

A Train to Delhi and then a bus/rented car to Leh-Ladakh.

What am I getting when I register? 

Every registered participant will get a riding jersey, bib, saddle bag, event info handbook, finisher medal & gift vouchers

When should I reach to acclimatize? 

We recommend that one should reach Leh at least 2 days prior to the event.

Where do I get my cycles repaired? 

We will have mechanics here to assist you with maintenance issues of your cycle (additional costs for spares).

Medical assistance?

We will have a dedicated team of doctors on standby for the entire duration of your stay in Leh (Package entries) and with well-equipped Ambulances during the race days.

What are the criteria for taking part in the Elite Race?

Participation in the Elite Race is by invite only.

What if I have registered and cannot take part due to unforeseen circumstances? (For eg Bad Health, injury, bad weather, natural calamities etc.)

Registration amount will either be Non-refundable or Part-refundable. The Organizers will take a final call on this.

What type of terrains will we have to cycle on? 

This is an MTB XCM (Cross Country Marathon) event. The terrain would be a mix of rough, off-road, technical sections as well as paved terrain.

What gear & equipment should we take into consideration while travelling to Leh-Ladakh?

It is advisable to check the current weather conditions while packing for Leh, however evenings do get chilly, so do pack with ward winter clothing for evenings. Day temperatures are pleasant.


Are there cycle shops, accessory & equipment shops available in the region, if we need to buy any equipment?

Yes. We shall provide access to the same.

Do we need to carry any medical certificate with us? 

One must be in a sound medical condition. Our doctors would keep a check on your health condition starting a day before the stage 1. 

How many riders will be competing in each of the categories?

Elite – 30 top national/international cyclists.

Rest Based on registrations (Cut off of registrations is yet to be decided)

What are the safety measures taken into consideration while competing in the race?

To assist you to reconcile with climatic environment of Ladakh, a dedicated proficient team of medicos would be at your disposal.

Do we get to do a practice on the route?

Yes. The strava based race route would be shared with all participants. Also, the feeding ride would be done a day prior to the race. 

What if I decide during the race that I cannot continue?

Our marshals would provide assistance during the race to any participant who does not wish to continue.

How much is the prize money?

The prize money is to be decided, follow us on Instagram or log on to the website for further details.


  • The Participant shall declare that he/she will be 18 years or above while registering for this event. (Parents/Legal Guardian to fill this form on behalf of a minor below 18 years).
  • The Participant is deemed to be fully aware of the actual and potential risks in participation in this event
  • The Participant assumes all risks associated with participating in this event including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat/cold or humidity, traffic and the condition of the road, arson or terrorist threats and all other risks associated with a public event.
  • By registering the Participant agrees and acknowledges that long distance cycling is an extreme sport and can be injurious to body and health and that they have undertaken necessary training for the event.
  • The Participant agrees to abide by the instructions provided by the organizers from time to time in the best interests of your health and event safety.
  • The Participant hereby undertakes not to compete in the race unless he/she is medically fit on the day of the race and that, in any case, he/she would compete at his/her own risk.
  • The race referee/director has the absolute power to withdraw any competitor considered unfit to continue.
  • The Participant also agrees to stop cycling, even if there is no reason cited, if instructed by the Race director or the medical staff or by the aid station volunteers.
  • Cut off times at checkpoints will be strictly adhered to and any competitor reaching a checkpoint after the cut off time will be withdrawn from the event
  • I agree to follow the route as set out by the organizers and to obey the officials, marshals and race judges at all times
  • The Participant confirms that he/she has filled in correct details of his/her medical condition to the best of his/her knowledge and ability, as requested in order to assist them in case of an emergency.
  • The Participants will notify an official, marshal or race judge of my retirement at the first opportunity 
  • No pace making is allowed and no person is permitted to walk, run, cycle or drive in front of, alongside or behind me 
  • Any infringement of these conditions could lead to my immediate disqualification.
  • The Participant understands that confirmed registrations and merchandise orders are non-refundable, non-transferrable and cannot be modified. The organizers reserve the right to reject any application without providing reasons. Any amount collected from rejected applications alone will be refunded in full (excluding bank charges wherever applicable).
  • The organizers will contact the participants only by email or phone number. Any notice sent to the email address or phone number registered with the Organizers shall be deemed as received by the participant.
  • To the extent permitted by law, I accept that the organizers and sponsors of the race, or any of their agents, will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs or expenses, which may arise in consequence of my participation in the event.
  • I grant my permission to the organisers to use or authorize others to use my name, photographs, motion pictures, recordings, data or any other record of my participation in this event for any legitimate purpose without remuneration.
  • I have read and understand the above
  • Internet handling fee per ticket may be levied. Please check your total amount before payment.
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior at the venue to pick up your physical tickets.