Guwahati’s Ismamul Howk & Neeraj Bora clinch titles in ‘full suspension’ & ‘hardtail’ categories, respectively; in all, 40 riders take part in 2-day event held in Guwahati
Guwahati: Mountain bikers from across the country got together to showcase their unique skills in mountain biking during the Assam Downhill Championship 2.0 organised by Spoke Hub at Bortila hills in Guwahati, Assam on October 12 and 13.
The two-day event attracted 40 riders from across the region and beyond who put their months of training into practice at the Monkey Temple Trail in the city. With a stretch of 935 metres and an elevation drop of 500 metres, the riders were tested with a lot of obstacles and hurdles along the trail.
The second edition of the popular championship was kicked off on Saturday with the track walk and the seeding round where the riders first got a taste of the trail and got to set their lines and approach for the final run on Sunday.
After an intense battle to become the fastest in the Monkey Temple Trail of Bortila hills, Ismamul Howk from Guwahati clinched the title under the ‘full suspension’ category, clocked a time of 1.45.1 minute, Gautam Toode from Pune with a time of 1.51.7 minute was declared the first runner up and with a time of 1.55.8 minutes, Apshai Griffith from Shillong was adjusted as the second runner up.
In the hardtail category, Neeraj Bora from Guwahati won with a timing of 2.10.9 minutes, while Nicolas syrti with a timing of 2.11.3 and Shalo Kent from Nagaland with a timing of 2.12.8 minutes were declared the first and second runners up, respectively.
Meanwhile, the event also boosted the riders by categorising the riders according to the age groups. While Atoba Longkumer from Nagaland won a prize for being the fastest in the ‘Masters’ category (above 30 years of age), Neeraj Bora was also recognised for being the fastest rider in the ‘Under 18’ category.