David Kumar wins 1st stage of 8th Hero MTB Shimla. Makes a step closer to his hat-trick win at the 2 day mountain biking event

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  • David Kumar hails from Shimla and has won the previous 2 seasons of the race in 2018 and 2017.
  • Atul Chauhan from Shimla and Rohit Thakur from Manali finish 2nd and 3rd
  • The stage totalled a distance of 67kms compromising of an all off road route traversing through Dakbangla, Bekhalti, Sarog, Kiartu

8th Edition of Hero MTB Shimla, India’s biggest Mountain Biking race, flagged off it’s 1st stage today. The route for Stage 1- Cedar Wreath of the race saw the riders ride through a perfect blend of single track section, gravel roads and forest off road paths. The route distance was 67kms and featured an elevation gain of 1775 metres. Cyclists travelled from Dakbangla, Bekhalti, Sarog, Kiartu and back to Dakbangla.

Out of registered 88 riders, 86 riders took the start line today. The route featured 2 single track sections of about 6kms near Dakbangla and Sarog. A 5km climb from Kiartu to Sarog was no mean feat for even the seasoned riders.

David Kumar maintained a strong and steady lead since the beginning of the race and finished in a total time of 3 hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds. Ashish Sherpa who was trailing David on 2nd spot until 30kms into the race lost his lead to Atul Chauhan on the Sarog Climb. Atul Chauhan finished 2nd with a total time of 4 hours and 1 minute.

Sunil Barongpa is leading the Master Solo category with a stage time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 27 seconds followed by Graham Maltby who finished in 5 hours and 35 seconds. Siddharth Thakur is leading the Student Solo category with a time of 5 hours, 11 minutes and 9 seconds.

At the time of going to press, Binita Rai from SSB (Shasastra Seema Bal) was leading the Women Solo category.

Results

Overall:

David Kumar
Open Men Solo
03:44:30
Atul Chauhan
Team of Two
04:01:00
Rohit Thakur
Open Men Solo
04:04:14
Ashish Sherpa
Open Men Solo
04:09:41
Akshit Gaur
Team of Two
04:26:46

Open Men Solo:

David Kumar
Open Men Solo
03:44:30
Rohit Thakur
Open Men Solo
04:04:14
Ashish Sherpa
Open Men Solo
04:09:41

Open Master Solo:

Sunil Barongpa
Open Masters Solo
04:27:27
Graham Maltby
Open Masters Solo
05:00:35

Team of Two:

Akshit Gaur & Akash Sherpa
Team of Two
04:27:27
Inus Ali & Prateek Thakur
Team of Two
04:37:56
Yogendra Singh & Bechan Kumar
Team of Two
04:51:36

Student Solo: