Border Raid MTB 2016 is the First Tsongmo Lake Mountain Bike Race.
September 27 was celebrated as World Tourism Day. It was also a day which saw one of the most grueling mountain bike cross country endurance events ever to take place in India.
The Border Raid MTB, organised by Hub Outdoor, had riders climbing from 6,200 feet in Gangtok to 12,400 feet above sea level at Tsomgo Lake in a mere 32kms. That is some steep incline.
Thirty-two riders participated in this epic sufferfest of mammoth proportions of which 30 completed the race within the stipulated time allotted. The race saw participants from all over Sikkim, Darjeeling, Mumbai, Kolkata, Shillong, Karnataka as well as Bhutan.
The incline was not only the only thing the riders were up against. The sheer altitude of the lake was enough to make you feel out of breath because the lack of oxygen much quicker.
The event was organised by Hub Outdoor, which has been pioneering in being a one-stop solution for mountain biking since 2004 and was largely supported by Sikkim Tourism, Sikkim Police as well as the Indian Army, since the lake is located very close to the Tibet Border.
On the Podium:
- 1st – Tashi Dorji Tangbi (Bhutan) 2:44:26
- 2nd – Ashim Sharma (Gangtok, Sikkim) 2:47:40
- 3rd – Banshanlang Khylaitt (Shillong) 2:51:48
- 4th – Tenzing Chombay Sherpa (Darjeeling) 2:53:53
- 5th – Nim Gyaltshen (Bhutan) 3:04:06