A weekend of two wheeled slush fight, the 14th Indian MTB National Championship 2017, rolled down at the ‘Oxford Golf Resort’ on the outskirts of Pune City. This year, once again ‘Starkenn Giant’ powered the event, pushing the quality of the gig.
An 800mts downhill section, which was part of the XC race too, was the site for the gravity race. For the first time, under CFI (Cycling Federation of India) banner, a Downhill race at the Nationals has been included. A collective effort by veteran downhill riders of Pune and sponsors, at making this a reality! The CFI has been on the back seat, when it comes to Downhill racing or BMX racing. Hopefully the inclusion of a DH race in the MTB Nationals in 2017, could mark the beginning of a high speed future for downhill racing in India.
Right out of the start section during Finals, Rishabh’s rear tire wouldn’t stay put. After being given a second try at his final run, Rishabh had to pull out of the race again with a popped tire for the second time! Clocking the second fastest time in his seeding run, Gowda will have to wait for 2018 to have a go at the Nationals again.
Full standing of the Finalists, are yet to come in form the Cycling Federation of India, we will share it as soon as we receive it! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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