Dharamshala: For that rush of adrenaline, mountain biking as a sport has come to established a regular feature here in the Himalayas and for the first time 3 boys from Himachal Pradesh would be taking to the tracks in the Alps in Europe by competing at the Bike Trans Alp race this year.
Mohit Sood, founder member of MTB Himalaya disclosed that Hero Cycles as the sponsor would be sending two teams for this race which attracts the best in the sport from around the world.
The three Himachal boys headed for this race are Devender Thakur, one of the best mountain bikers in India, who would be teaming up with Shiven and second team would consist of HASPTA member Ashish Sood with Heinrich Fuchs, a veteran German rider.
“Bike Trans Alp was our inspiration when we started Hero MTB Himalaya in 2005. 11 years later we are thrilled to partner with them to promote the sport further in India,” says Mohit Sood, President, Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Promotion Association (HASPTA).
“Bike Trans Alps happens to be one of the world’s most prestigious and toughest amateur cross country mountain bike races. We are sure that our young riders will come back rich in experience and go a long way in popularising the sport in India,” said Pankaj Munjal, Managing Director of Hero Cycles.
Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience.
He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI.
In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.