Shimla: Mountain biker from Nepal, Ajay Pandit was declared the winner of the 8 day cross country cycling event that had 76 riders competing for the top honours on the 472 Km arduous track.
His feat of completing the 22 Km uphill route from Shamshar to Jalori Pass in 1 hour 49 minutes and 11 second was a record timing not seen in any race before at the Hercules MTB mountain biking events before.
The best uphill and downhill ride of the event went again to Mr Ajay Pandit from Nepal. In second place was Ramesh Chandra from Indian Army and in third place was Narayan Gopal Mahajan of Nepal.
In the women category it was Nepalese cyclist Nirjala Tamrakar who was declared winner and Monika was runners up.Only 45 riders were able to complete the 8 day endurance race.
In the team category, it was team army which secured all the top three positions. Dileep Kumar and Kalyan Singh, army team B were winners, while Diben and Naresh Barman of Team A were runners up and Ashish K and Vinay
Kumar of Team D were third in the category.
In the masters category the Andre Deplechin was winner, Datta Patil second and Peter Anthony Dillane was third.
The winners were given Rs 50,000 cash awards, the runners up Rs 25,000 and those who came third took home and cash award of Rs 15,000. In all the even had an overall prize money of Rs 6 lakhs.
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