Portuguese cyclist Luis Leao Pinto has become the overall winner of MTB Himalaya 2013’s 9th edition, which ended here in Shimla. The number 9 cyclist of the world won the winner trophy in the category of Open Men’s Solo with a clocking 17:33:2. On the other hand Purna Bahadur Pradhan with 21:27:17 and Surendra Singh with clocking 21:42:16 completed the race at second and third positions respectively.
Moreover, in the entire standings of this adventure sport, Luis Leao Pinto was the first one followed by Purna Bahadur Pradhan and Surendra Singh. Portuguese sensation clocked 25:46:02 for winning the masters solo category whereas Van Belle Michael Mclean and Luis Canto Moniz were the runners-up and second-runners-up respectively.
In the Open Women’s Solo Category of the MTB Himalaya Bicycle Rally adventure sport 2013, Laxmi Magar with clocking 32:06:25 came out as the winner, whereas Sowmya Urs with a timing of 42:59:33 and Shital Vitthal Chavan with clocking 45:37:28 conquered the second and third positions respectively.
Hercules MTB Himachal 2013, one of the toughest mountain biking rallies all across the world will also have the top rider of Portugal Ricardo Rodrigues Martins as one of its participants. This is the first time that Martins will be appearing in any Asian biking event. He has been the national champion thrice and has even ranked 16th throughout the world. Mohit Sood, the president of the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA), confirmed his participation in the contest to IANS.
As per Sood, the MTB Himachal 2013 will commence in Shimla from September 27 and more than 60 cycling enthusiasts belonging to eight different countries will compete with each other in this seven-day long event. Apart from international contestants, teams from the Indian Air Force and Indian Army wings are also a part of this competition.
Apart from Martin, Luis Canto Moniz, another Portuguese cycling ardent plus the Ferrari India general manager is also participating in the event. During the biking rally, all the contestants will pass through the scenic forest trails, metalled and unmetalled roads of remote villages. This time the length of the biking tack has been increased from 438 km to 500 km. The rally will cross Shimla, Kufri, Mashobra, Narkanda, Matiana, Hatu, Baghi, Tikkar, Khadrala and will finally return back to Shimla for culmination. Hatu peak, perched at an altitude of 3,300-metre will be the highest point of this biking rally and on an average; a biker will have to pedal around 70 km every day. The Hercules MTB is reckoned as the third-toughest mountain biking event all across the globe following the Trans-Alps Challen.
The growing craze of mountain biking in India can be seen from the fact that Zoe Beesley, a UK-based school teacher plus an avid traveler and cyclist is going to compete in the MTB Himalaya 2013 competition. Ashish Sood, one of the organizers of this event said that MTB Himalaya 2013 is working hard in the direction to take cycling India at new heights on the world’s map of mountain biking. He further added by saying that nothing is as inspiring as to see the topmost cycling enthusiasts throughout the world competing at the MTB 2013 competition.
While describing about Zoe’s talent and skills, Sood said that though she started cycling on a road bike while pursuing college education, need to go beyond the limits were felt. In order to adapt herself to the single track conditions, she switched to fatter MTB tyres and till then Zoe has never looked back. She has tasted victory of podium finish at Cross Country as well as endurance categories on several occasions including Scottish and Trans Nepal races. She is planning to shift to New Zealand by this year end.
When asked about MTB Himalaya 2013, Zoe answered, “why would you NOT want to race at the MTB Himalaya???!!!There is nothing like waking up with the Himalayas on your doorstep and getting to explore them on two wheels. Dusty trails, lung busting climbs, epic descents, panoramic mountain views, likeminded people and lots of curry!!!”
As she would be staying for cycling, India almost a month, she plans to share her so far experience and knowledge of mountain biking and environment conservation with the young children of local schools. The MTB Himalaya 2013 will be held from 27th Sept to 3rd Oct 2013, starting from Shimla in a track of 500 kms with a maximum altitude of 3120 meters.
If you are also bitten by the bug of adventure sports, mountain biking is definitely your cup of tea! Catching up trend in India, it is one of the exciting adventure activities offering great challenges to even the fittest of adventure junkies. Driving bicycle on the rugged and unbeaten tracks of high altitude mountains is completely an out-of-the-world experience! Though cycling on the hillocks and foothills is a thrilling experience, one should be really careful with the increasing level of altitudes.
Bestowed with numerous rugged trails, India is among the favorite destinations for adventure sports. Mountain biking in the regions of Himalayas is a dream and passion for cycling enthusiasts. Adventure, thrill and fun are guaranteed here! The rugged tracks along with the unadulterated natural surroundings and less trafficked roads would leave you with lifetime memories. Besides riding in the Himalayan regions, Himachal Pradesh is yet another fascinating destination to get indulged in mountain biking. This Indian state is widely acclaimed for offering scenic vistas of stunning natural beauty and picture-perfect locations. Cyclists can taste the real thrill of this adventure sport by covering the remote valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in the state. Nalagarh-Manali is one of the popular mountain biking routes in Himachal.
The northeastern part of India is a true haven for trekkers, campers, cyclists and hikers. Sikkim, the shining star of the northern region of the country is known for offering several challenging tracks to the mountain biking enthusiasts. It is among the popular adventure sports in Sikkim and adventurers from all across the world flock here for riding along the rugged terrains. Apart from north India, South India is also a paradise for adventure freaks! The mountainous terrains of Kerala offer enough of opportunities to enjoy this adventure sport. Riding over the unfamiliar paths while exploring the unspoiled beauty of nature is bliss for cycling lovers!