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.
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!
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.
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!