Event Report: Temghar MTB Challenge 2020

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Organized by Backpack Outdoors and Rolling Academy at Camp Hideout, Temghar Dam Backwaters near Lavasa City, over 40 riders from Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Nashik and Hyderabad joined in for the 2nd edition of Temghar MTB Challenge 2020. The races included a 30km cross country competition and a Downhill time trials. High energy of riders and visitors at the Temghar MTB Challenge 2020 is a great start to this year’s mountain biking festivities of India.

Not a bad view to start your race day! \\ Photo: Himanshu Shah

Vitthal Bhosale, the current Maharashtra state cross country champion took the win in XCO (30 km). Finishing close with a time difference of 2 seconds, Pune’s Bheem Rokaya in 2nd gaining a big lead of 3 minutes over Prajwal Pingali from Hyderabad who finished 3rd. In the 4 laps race, Vitthal was leading in the 1st lap but Bheem overtook him to take the lead. Olympic racing is all about strategizing your laps, which helped Vitthal in regaining his lead by the 4th lap, where he conserved his energy through the 2nd and 3rd laps!

3rd place on the podium, Hyderabad’s Prajwal Pingali \\ Photo: Himanshu Shah
Bheem Rokaya from Pune had to settle with a 2nd place finish after a close battle for the win. \\ Photo: Himanshu Shah
Pune’s Vitthal Bhosale sped his way to victory, leaving the competition behind. \\ Photo: Himanshu Shah

3rd place in the XCC leg of the races, Anup Pawar from Mumbai \\ Photo: Himanshu Shah

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DOWNHILL

Bengaluru’s Rishabh Gowda clocked the 3rd fastest time of the day in Full Suspension category. \\ Photo: Prajwal Pingali
Gary Beelan flying to a 2nd place finish in the Downhill round. \\ Photo: Himanshu Shah.
The course builder and winner of the Full Suspension category, Pune’s Abhijeet Gharad rocketed down the red mud trail. \\ Photo: Prajwal Pingali

The Downhill race was dominated by Pune riders. In Hardtail and Full suspension bikes category, Virendra Mali and Abhijeet Gharad took the top spot respectively. 2nd and 3rd place finishers on Hardtails were Sreevishal Balipati (Pune) and Arnav Sail (Pune). The 2nd and 3rd positions for Full Suspension category were pulled by Pune’s Gary Beelan and Rishab Gowda from Bangaluru.

Hardtail category podium finisher from Pune, Arnav Sail (3rd). \\ Photo: Prajwal Pingali
Sreevishal Balipati from Pune set the 2nd fastest time for the weekend. \\ Photo: Prajwal Pingali
Young gun from Pune, Viendra Mali helped build the DH race course. Taking home the winner’s medal in the Hardtail category \\ Photo: Prajwal Pingali

It was surprising and great to see two senior riders (Aged 60+) racing the Cross Country Circuit race (8 km). The youngest racer was 16 years old. There were DH riding workshops by Pune’s downhill MTB community, for folks interested in taking up the sport. The event saw participation from beginners, all the way to experts.

 

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With the racing experience it offers and the scenic beauty of Temghar Dam backwaters, the Temghar MTB Challenge is slowly becoming one of the sort after mountain biking events of Maharashtra. The organizing team has big plans for the 2021 edition and expects participation from international riders too!

 

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