Rain Forest Challenge India partners with Goa Tourism

Team OD Updated: July 28, 2014, 12:34 PM IST

We already know that the India chapter of the Rain Forest Challenge will be held in Goa. And now, the state government has announced it's decision to lend support to India's first ever off-road motorsport event.

Rainforest Challenge 13Picture courtesy: Cougar Motorsport

The event, now called the Force Gurkha RFC India 2014, will be held from August 8-14, 2014 and is set to be a major boost for the off-roading community in the country. Since the challenge is an off-shoot of Malaysia's RFC, Goa was picked as the most suitable location owing to its similarity to Malaysia's environment. The undulating terrain, hill sides, mining sites, red mud and clay have been picked as perfect off-roading terrain. The RFC India will spread itself all over the state with special stages based in different parts, spanning nearly 250km around Goa, in all across 30 special stages.

Goa Tourism has decided to extend partnership towards the event in order to popularise the monsoon experience, encouraging tourists to visit the state in the rains. The extreme off-roading challenge, where over 40 participants will be combating and tackling stages through forests and rocky terrain, is a great way to showcase the other side to Goa, beyond the regular sun and sand that tourists come seeking.

Nikhil Desai, director-tourism, government of Goa said, "We are very excited to have the first edition of Force Gurkha RFC India in Goa. It has a synergy with our aim of promoting Goa as a destination for adventure tourists. I wish the organisers the very best for the upcoming motorsport challenge."

The event is being organised by Cougar Motorsport. To know more about it, read our detailed article on what RFC India 2014 is all about.

Adventure galore at the Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 with Goa Tourism as tourism partner

Giving a major boost and encouragement to the Indian off-road community which has been long seeking a credible national platform to showcase their talent, the Government of Goa has come forward to lend support to the launch edition of India's first ever international level off-road motorsport event. Goa Tourism has joined hands with the Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India 2014, which is set to take place from August 8-14, as the Tourism Partner. The upcoming motorsport extravaganza is an offshoot of Malaysia's Rainforest Challenge, which is one of the toughest and the most internationally represented motorsport events in the world. With seven editions held across different parts of the world, India is the eight country to join the international chapters of the RFC. Over 40 teams, both domestic and international, are expected to participate in the launch edition of Force Gurkha RFC India. Moreover, hundreds of off-road enthusiasts representing all major off-road clubs of the country as well as a large number of touring adventurers will be converging to Goa to witness this historic occasion when India takes its first step towards becoming an international sporting destination for the global off-road community. Over the years, Goa has hosted numerous international events including the Goa Fest and India Bike Week. However, the major influx of tourists is from October to September with monsoon being the lean season. Goa Tourism now plans to change all that and encourage adventure lovers to visit the state during the monsoons and experience the other 'wilder' side of Goa. With a separate participation category being set for touring adventurers at the Force Gurkha RFC India 2014, it fits perfectly with Goa Tourism's plans of promoting Goa as a destination for adventure tourism. As per Mr. Nikhil Desai, Director-Tourism, Government of Goa, "We are very excited to have the first edition of Force Gurkha RFC India in Goa. It has a synergy with our aim of promoting Goa as a destination for adventure tourists. I wish the organisers the very best for the upcoming motorsport challenge." Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 will see participants driving through unchartered territory while battling blinding rains, vicious insects and tough terrains. Staying true to RFC beliefs and a strong commitment to preserve Goa's flora and fauna, the course has been designed away from protected forest territory and wildlife sanctuaries, on a combination of private and government land. The event organisers have adopted an environment charter, the first of its kind for an event in India. In doing so, the organisers are doing their bit to nurture Goa's pristine beauty. To celebrate nature's bounty, an 'Environmental Award' will be given to the individual or team that shows the utmost care and attention towards the preservation of the environment. According to Mr. Ashish Gupta, Founder and Director, Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., the company responsible for bring the event to India, "We are delighted to have Goa Tourism as our tourism partner. It is a matter of great pride for India and the state of Goa in particular that an international event of this stature is going to be held here. Goa is such a beautiful place during the monsoons; the adventure sports scene is thriving during this season. During the planning stages of the event we contemplated about many locations, but due to the specificity of our needs such as the course terrain and connectivity, Goa was an obvious choice. The wild monsoons of Goa will be the perfect backdrop for the Force Gurkha RFC India, giving adventure lovers something to look forward to and also generate good revenue for the tourism industry in Goa. I pray the magical monsoons are kind and pour down on us really hard!

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