The Meghalaya xBhp Sports & Adventure Club under the aegis of the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs (Govt. of Meghalaya) recently organized the 2nd Northeast CYCLOBHP Racing in Shillong. The two days event was flagged-off in 14th December 2013 by the Director of Sports & Youth Affairs, Shri F.M. Dopth, MCS, with a cycle rally in the city to promote cycling as a lifestyle and outdoor sports. This was followed the Super-D Racing for mountain bikes and the only BMX Downhill racing in Upper Shillong. Unlike the past, this season witnessed a specially constructed racing track featuring 5 berms and jumps in the 1km of downhill track. A dream come true for most of the amateur downhill riders, who for the first time, experienced riding through the wooden berms and jumps.
Altogether 30 riders from various states of the country took part to finish the race including Anissa Lamare, the only female rider from Shillong. Each rider had 3 laps to record their fastest time and the winners were selected based on their individual best of three time records. The fastest time record was clocked by Garry A. Umdor with 1min & 33sec followed by Abishek Saikia & Ian D. Kupar in the MTB category. Ismamul Howk with the time of 1min & 36sec took the lead in the BMX category followed by Meban Suiam & Dame Suiam.
Handcrafted wooden berms were used in NorthEast CycloBHP Racing.
Speaking to Gregory Nongrum, winner of the 1st CycloBhp racing quoted â€œThe organizing team has done a wonderful job especially with the introduction of the berms (first of its kind seen in the country), uplifting the race to a higher level. We look forward to more such downhill race tracks & event coming up in the future, hopefully and national level and even and international event in the coming yearsâ€?. Unfortunately for Gregory, he could not finish at the top due to his recent collar-bone injury during the recently concluded MTB Himalaya event. FR MTB MAG | 57
Issue # 19 - January 2014 SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION #2 Printed.