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Travel back in Time Where
Relentless Adventures Await
No Quarter for Quitters.
Smt. Anandiben Patel

Message from Smt. Anandiben Patel - Hon'ble Chief Minister, Gujarat State

Our Gujarat state exudes the essence of a vibrant heritage. The Polo Forest has long been one of Gujarat's most picturesque places and perhaps one of the most valuable assets of the state. Its revered temples, majestic ruins, and awe-inspiring natural beauty are second to none. With such a rich and glorious history, an event like The Impossible Race, to be organized from 17th to 20th March, 2016 at the Polo Forest, combines the pleasure of cycling with the view of Gujarat's cultural heritage.

Gujarat is on the threshold of promoting sporting events not only to boost sports tourism, but also with the vision to foster regional development. Organizing such events at such historic sites is vital for promoting the rich legacy of the state.

The Impossible Race has shown tremendous promise in its inaugural edition in 2015 and I commend the job that Tourism Department and the event organizers have done in putting together this one-of-a-kind event in Gujarat. I strongly support and look forward to 17th to 20th March, 2016 to be even more promising. I hope more such events will help promote our state in the coming years.

Shri Saurabhbhai Patel

Message from Shri Saurabhbhai Patel - Hon'ble Minister

Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals, Mines Minerals, Cottage Industries, Salt Industries, Printing and Stationery, Planning, Tourism, Civil Aviation

Polo Forest has long been one of Gujarat's most sacred and picturesque places. It gives me immense pleasure to know that it has been brought to the attention of the world by The Impossible Race, a unique event that combines the pleasure of cycling with a view of Gujarat's cultural heritage.

I am also pleased to see tremendous participation of national and international cyclists in the first edition of this event in 2015. It is my strong belief that events like The Impossible Race are not only ideal to boost the state's eco tourism, but are a strong tool for fostering regional development and thereby bettering the lives of the local demographics.

I strongly support such events that give the state a unique personality in the realm of endurance sports and encourage the organizers to make the Impossible Race, just as excellent in 2016 as well.

Shri Jayesh Radadiya

Message from Shri Jayesh Radadiya - Hon'ble Minister of State

Tourism & Water Supply

Polo Forest is one of Gujarat's most revered historic sites. Its beauty coupled with the remains of temples and settlements has intrigued tourists and historians for many years.

In such a scenario, The Impossible Race, perhaps one of Gujarat's toughest bicycle races, comes as a confluence of Gujarat's historic, natural and challenging nature to culminate in one grand event. In its inaugural year, the event brought forth a strong message that the state can host world class events with perfection and also achieved the Tourism Corporation's goal of uniquely promoting Gujarat's legacy through adventure sports.

In the coming years, I expect to see more participation from national and international athletes, and with it see the state ascending in the arena of Sports Tourism.

An ancient city established in the 10th century AD and curiously abandoned by the 15th century AD, Polo gets its name from pol (Rajasthani for ‘gate’), being a literal gateway between the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Shrouded in nearly a millennium of mystery, Polo is fabled to have been an ideal refuge for kings and crooks alike. Numerous cryptic temple ruins lie scattered all over the woods, making Polo a hotbed of intrigue and a fountain of adrenalin.