Leh: The ‘North Quest Challenge’– the world’s highest accredited MTB XCM race– was today morning kicked-off from Spituk here.
The competition began with 80 riders including 37 in elite category and 43 in the amateur category in Stage 1 starting from Spituk-Choglamsar early morning today.
Amongst the elite riders were two internationally decorated MTB specialists, Cory Wallace and Jason English, who are champions in 24-hour marathon and are members of their national teams. The Indian Champion Kiran Raju and Thinles Dorjey were also part of the event in elite category. The route consists of a 12.1 km where the elites completed 5 and Amateurs 4 laps respectively.
The event is organised by Wisdom Eventosports (Harkirat Singh and Stany Wangchuk), co-promoted by Meraki Sport & Entertainment, a Mumbai based sports management company and is conducted under the aegis of the Cycling Federation of India.
The Stage 2 bike racing event will be held September 22 commencing at 8 am from the starting point near Shanti Stupa.
In today’s race, Cory Wallace from the Elite-Men category bagged first position, Sonam Norboo in Amateur-Men and Stanzin Chondol in Amateur-Women bagged first position respectively.