More than 100 cyclists from 40 teams, including 32 foreign teams, will compete in the first Vietnam Victory Challenge mountain bike stage race to be held in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

The event is scheduled to take place in the resort city of Da Lat from March 20 to March 22, according to the Vietnam Cycling Federation.

The competitors will race in five categories, pro/open men, men 39 & under, men 40 & over, pro/open women, and women 18 & over.

The tournament is in celebration of the 40 th anniversary of the Southern Vietnam Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30) and encourages people to get involved in mountain biking, said the federation.

It is also aimed at popularising Vietnamese images and improving public awareness of environmental protection, it added.-VNA