Monsoon skies of Pune, Maharashtra, looked over the 14th Indian MTB National Championship 2017, held at the ‘Oxford Golf Resort’ on the outskirts of Pune City. This year again ‘Starkenn Giant’ powered the event, pushing the quality of the track, as well as the race. The 3 day event included Cross Country Mass start and Time trials split into, Men and Women juniors, sub-juniors, youth and Elite.
The track designed by GT Adventures for 2017 included straight wide sprint sections leading to a steep, 800 mts technical descent, a section which most racers found challenging. The downhill section of the course was extremely slippery and rutty due to the weekend showers. The slick tyres and high saddled XC racers had a tough time keeping their speeds up on the descent. Even the Cycling Federation officials felt that the track was challenging for the Indian racers. Mr.Pinaki Bysack of the CFI stated “The downhill section is not for the Indian racers!” But the determined desi riders proved everyone that they can ride any terrain! With a few spills here and there the Cross Country horses on board their wheels put up a strong performance on a lung crunching course.