The 13th South Asian Games 2019 is scheduled to take place from December 1st to 10th in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. Seven nations will be participating in the 13th SAG. Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India will fight it out for the top spots.
For 2019, Indian Cross Country and Downhill MTB team will be entering the competition. This would be a first for the DH contingent from India. Selections for the same were conducted in Gahunje, Maharashtra. Near Pune, the XC and DH courses for this selection were scouted and built by the local mountain bikers from Pune.
For the South Asian Games Indian MTB team, only riders above the age of 18 were eligible to contest according to the Cycling Federation of India (CFI).
National Cross Country Champion of India, Karnataka’s Kiran Kumar Raju will be racing at the 13th SAG 2019 in December. \\ Photo: Vinay Menon.
Himachal Pradesh’s Devender Thakur (Cross Country) will be flying the tri colors at South Asian Games 2019. \\ Photo: Vinay Menon.
India’s DH/XC team heading to Nepal for the 13th South Asian Games 2019
Cross Country (Men): Kiran Kumar Raju, Devender Thakur, Shiven and Rajat Pandey.
Cross Country (Women): Pranita Soman.
Downhill (Men): Slade Gomes, Gautam Taode.
Downhill (Women): No registrations.
For more details about the 13th South Asian Games, please visit https://www.13sagnepal.com/
Shout out to Spirit of Mogli, GT Adventures, the riders who made these selections possible and the Cycling Federation of India for being open ears to racer’s suggestions! Freeridermag wishes all the racers at #13thSouthAsianGames2019 a safe a healthy competition.
Title photo: Rider: Rinku Thakur \\ Photo: Sandip Sakharkar