The 15TH Indian National MTB Championship 2018 saw the 2nd year (demonstration class) of Downhill mountain biking in the mix. On a new course created at “Sunny’s World Adventure Park” in Pune, Maharashtra, by GT Adventures and Starkenn Giant Bicycles India.
The 1 km descent wasn’t one of the best in the country, but the trail had some hairy sections to keep things interesting. With a major amount of pedal churning sections included, the racers had to not only bomb down the hill, but also had to propel them wheels hard! The finish patch doubles kept the spectators entertained, as many racers struggled to make it clean across the finish line on two wheels!
Conducted as a “demonstration” discipline this year too, the Cycling Federation of India promises to include Downhill mountain biking in the official list of MTB National Championship races from 2019. Hope they keep their word!
By evening, the Final run results put Maharashtra’s Slade Gomes in the top spot as India’s fastest DH racer for 2018. Followed by Maharashtra’s Piyush Chavan in 2nd and Assam’s promising ripper Ismamul Howk landing a 3rd with a crash that cost him a Win.
*The Cycling Federation of India is yet to release the final timing sheet. Complete standings will be shared soon.