Blog 1 – Live the Adventure take the 1st British rider to attempt the most extreme 1 day mountain bike race in the world

Live The Adventure has an exciting  12 months ahead of training and travel itineraries, none more so than in The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Since his first visit under invitation in 2006, ‘Live The Adventure’ Director, Anthony, has been a regular visitor, exploring the country with unlimited access, working with the Bhutanese by developing new itineraries, guiding private groups throughout the country, and training the first guides in Bhutan.

Having returned from guiding there in May and following furthering the developments with the Bhutanese friends and operators he works with, Live the Adventure’s worldwide travel will be offering a range of new and exclusive and itineraries in 2015 including adventures offering combined trekking, rafting and biking programmes, to summer adventures in off peak times offering reduced fees, through to the ultimate adventure in the Autumn offering the opportunity to Bike across the heart of the country before rafting down into India finishing in the Manas National Park and world heritage site.

In addition to these exciting adventures, Anthony is currently working to supply an extensive range of Bikes, Rafts, Kayaks and equipment to Bhutan in time for the first Luxury Adventure Lodge being opened in 2015 by the colleagues and staff he has trained and worked with over the last few years.

Bhutan wants to actively develop controlled and sustainable adventure tourism making use of its stunning natural environment.

As a means of developing and promoting this country and the development of Adventure Travel Anthony heads back to Bhutan at the end of August – This time he will be taking the first UK rider to compete in the hardest 1 day mountain bike race in the world.

This video is the start of a series introducing the first British rider, James Griffiths, to attempt Bhutan’s extreme 1 day, 268 km, mountain bike race on 6 September 2014.

Growing up together, James and Anthony have been friends since childhood and for James a chance to visit the Himalayas whilst perusing his passion for cycling was a once in a lifetime opportunity. James will represent Live the Adventure by competing in this years ‘Tour of the Dragon’ Race on the 6th September with Anthony filming the event.

In doing so the aim is to tell a story of one persons first journey to this Himalayan Kingdom, highlighting the contrast from the riders British background, home preparation and training, to the journey of travel and training across the country contrasting the adventurous activity with the wealth of culture, tradition and natural beauty and of their personal challenge, culminating in the 268KM one day race. To help motivate himself further, James has set up a just giving page with the additional aim of raising money for Spinal Research.  If you would like to sponsor him he would be over the moon:

Following on from this previous work and development of adventure travel and training, Anthony is looking to promote mountain biking within Bhutan to a UK travel market and expand its existing links and itineraries within the country.

We will be posting regular film footage and reports about James’ progress for you to follow from the next few weeks training in the UK, out in Bhutan acclimatising and on race day! Why not follow us and share the adventure on our blog, Facebook, and twitter.

Tigers Nest, Bhutan

Tigers Nest, Bhutan


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