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.
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.