The 2nd Himalayan Trails ‘n’ Dust Mountain Bike Challenge was organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network and Eco Ride Enterprises (Kullu)on 2nd December 2012. This successful mountain bike race finished with great action. The race started from Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute Mountaineering Institute and Allied Sports (Aleo). The race was flagged off by Narbir Negi (Senior Mountaineering Instructor).
The race witnessed 27 mountain biker’s participants which also included riders from Manali, Kullu, Chandigarh, Shimla and Germany. The 2 stage race was full of demanding climbs and steep downhill sections on 100% offroad route from Gahderni to Shleen.
The race was finished back at the mountaineering institute where the closing ceremony and prize distribution was done with Mr. Amitabh who owns Ski Himalaya and other big projects. He was really happy to witness the number of riders and declared his full support to promote adventure sport which includes mountain biking. The race was sponsored by Firefox bikes, Ski Himalaya, Red Bull, Snickers, Brahm Ganga Hydel Project and Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine.
This year the race was dominated by last year winner Bresto from Manali who came 1st this year also with impressive timings. The second position was taken by Sunil Barongpa from Kullu and third position was taken by Devinder of Kullu who specially came to race all the way from Shimla.
The race had only 1 female rider ‘Sarah Appelet’ from Germany who was raced during 1st Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge also. She was given special appreciation by all the participant and organizers.
Overall the race was good with lot of action, crashes and epic moments experienced by all the participants, volunteers and audience.