International Mountain biking race concludes in Manali

November 14th, 2007 - 2:17 am ICT by admin  
The mega event saw participants from across the globe competing with vigour.

Ramesh Chand Joshi of Indian army bagged the first place and was awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000.

Joseph Cruz of the United States stood second and Naresh from Indian army third in the race.

While Cruz was given cash prize of Rs 50,000, Naresh was given Rs 25,000.

An overwhelmed Joshi said: “The race was a good competition, in which we have to encounter many difficulties. On the second and the third day of the race there was tough competition from Joseph Cruz, but later on he got weaker and I slightly better,” said Joshi.

Cruz said: “This is just brilliant racing. We have been racing in mountains in America but not this high, steep, and jagged.”

The race passed through some of the toughest terrains of Shilaru, Daranghati, Sarahan, Dalash, Jalari pass, Janjehli, Kullu and finally culminating at Naggar near Manali.

The organisers expressed satisfaction at the turn out of the event and have pledged to put Himachal Pradesh on the radar of world adventure tourism.

“The aim of organising this cycling race was to promote adventure sports tourism in the State. Our State is the most beautiful in the world. We want to show this to the world,” said Manish Sood, organiser of Mountain biking.

“The State’s cycle rally is the third best in the world, after the Trans-Alps in Europe and the Trans-Rocky in Canada,” Sood said.

The highest point in the race was the 3223 metre-high Jalleri pass in Manali District and the lowest was Pandeh at a height of 750 metres.

About 41 participants from 12 countries participated in the championship. This event witnessed the highest number of foreign participants.

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country due to its exotic valleys, glorious slopes and snow-capped mountains. (ANI)

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