When one thinks of India, one pictures the overcrowded streets, snake charmers, mystery and of course the mighty Himalayas. The Indian subcontinent has much more to offer. Having rad mountain biking potential in corners even the riders of the country did not know about. One such corner was Polo forest in Gujarat. Set in the West of the country, Polo forest was a part of the ancient Vijaynagar empire which suddenly ceased to exist. Nobody to date knows why the mass populace vanished, leaving behind ruins of majestic temples and fortresses. Since then the forest has been used by fleeing emperors, wanted criminals and has endless eerie stories attached to it. Today it is a beautiful forest surrounded by hills with peaceful village inhabitants, Nomadic “Banjaras” and a few wild animals, until the mountain bikers discovered it and decided to have a gnarly race set in the rugged terrain. Here’s how it went down.
1st – Naorem Jayenta (Imphal, India) Total Time 10:29:51
2nd – Premchand Singh (Imphal, India) Total Time 10:41:00
3rd – Ajay Padval (Pune, India) Total Time 11:29:00
“We’re stoked to introduce a new vista for the riders in the country and are even more stoked that the riders loved the riding in this new region. Never before had this place been under the radar of mountain bikers but now, with the Impossible race we have brought it to the riders who have the thirst for adventure behind the bars of their bikes. We are already working on The Impossible Race 2016 scheduled in January and we are certain it will be much more gnarly and are looking at riders from across the globe” – Race Director, Gael Couturier and asst. Race Director, Prateek Singh