Ugyen has been a government-certified cultural guide with Yangphel Travel for more than 15 years and is consistently rated as one of Bhutan's top tour guides. He is also a Tour of the Dragon champion and widely regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable cyclist in Bhutan. Ugyen trained as a bike mechanic at Wheelworks, the award winning bike shop in Massachusetts, while he lived with Bill’s family in 2001, and he returned to Bhutan to open the country’s first bike shop. Ugyen continues to manage the bike shop in Thimphu, where he lives with his wife and two young daughters.
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