The first cross-country mountain bike race a success
- Sonam Tshering (centre) with his Kona Fire Mountain cycle
Thimphu: Twenty-three-year-old Sonam Tshering was crowned the winner in the elite category in the first cross-country race held in the country on March 20.
“It is an exhilarating feeling and it paid off well given how much I prepared for the race,” said Sonam Tshering, who is leading a group of rehabilitating drug addicts on a bike trip to Paro today.
Besides, he is also training and taking the interested cyclists on practice and ride every Saturday.
He completed three laps of 6.2 km each in one hour, 18 minutes and 20 seconds. He was awarded Kona Fire Mountain cycle and cash prize of Nu 5,000.
Tandin Chophel and Kinga Wangchuk stood runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
Sangay Nidup clinched the junior category crown after completing two laps in one hour, two minutes and 10 seconds. Drakpa Lekdrup stood second leading second runner-up Jigme Tenzin by 20 seconds.
Yeshey Dema completed the race of two laps in one hour, 25 minutes and 38 seconds to win the women’s elite category.
A total of 35 cyclists participated in the race.
“It was a success. The event has alternative sport prospect for the younger generations and opportunity to represent the country in coming years at the international level,” said Karma Loday, the organizer.
“In addition, the selected potential bikers will be trained and made aware of the rules and disciplines of mountain biking which will then pave the way for Bhutan to organize similar races in future at Saarce and Asian level.”
Organised by Wheels for Hills in collaboration with BOC, the race was sponsored by Druk School, Bhutan Wilderness Travel, Zimdra and Yangphel.
Wheels for Hills plans to take the race in other dzongkhags in future.
|Elite (male) 1st||Sonam Tshering||1:18:20||Kona Fire Mountain Cycle and Nu.5000|
|2nd||Tandin Chophel||1:19:25||Kona Lanai cycle and Nu. 3000|
|3rd||Kinga Wangchuk||1:26:14||Nu. 16,200 worth cycle
accessories and Nu. 2000
|Junior (male)1st||Sangay Nidup||1:02:10||Nu. 15,200 and Nu. 5000|
|2nd||Drakpa Lekdrup||1:11:02||Nu. 12,200 and Nu. 3000|
|3rd||Jigme Tenzin||1:11:22||Nu. 11,200 and Nu. 2000|
|Elite (female)||Yeshey Dema||1:25:38||Nu. 15,200 and Nu. 5000|