Lachung, 28th June 2018(IPR): Today the third stage of the EPIC 17K MTB Race, the toughest stage covering a total distance of 83 kilometers from Lachung to Thangu was flagged off earlier today from Lachung by the District Collector, North Shri Karma R Bonpo IAS.It has been titled the King of the Mountain and the winner of this stage will get a separate cash prize of Rs 20000. The riders have to complete the stage in a total time of 8 hours.
The King of the Mountain was won by Issac Rai from SSB who completed the distance of 83km from lachung to Thangu in a record time of 4:47:56 hrs. The second rider to complete the course is Shiven who completed the course in 5:04:07 hrs and the third rider to complete the course was Tenzing Wongchuk from Bhutan who did it in 5:04:49 hrs..
A total of 31 riders out of the 66 riders who participated in the contest today completed the course and reached Thangu. The rest of the participants who could not complete within the stipulated time of eight hours was carried by a sweep vehicle to Thangu. The riders will be halting at Thangu for the night and all they will be competing for the ultimate ride to Gurudongmar tomorrow.
The riders come from a varied background and it includes elite professional riders, doctors, bureaucrats amateurs, armed personnel who have all come together to participate in the grand event.
The EPIC 17K MTB race is now gaining significant popularity in the MTB circles and representatives from Red Bull will be witnessing the final race tomorrow.
Yesterday the Lachung Dzumsa put in a culture show for the participants and a thanks giving ceremony was held for the sponsoring hotels. A total of 75 hotel rooms was sponsored by various hotels of Lachung. The Pipons and Youths of Lachung provided full co-operation and support for the organizing the event at Lachung. The event has generated excitement in the youths of Lachung who are now looking forward for hosting the future editions of the race.
The main sponsor of the event is the Honourable Minister, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department. The event carries the theme of ‘Secure Himalaya’ for the conversation of locally and globally significant biodiversity and forest resource of Himalayan ecosystem. The event is also promoting the message of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao .