Event

HP State MTB Championship Qualifiers 2021

The Cycling Association of Shimla (district level cycling body) organised its first district level MTB championship on 31 January 2021. The event took place at Potter Hill near Summerhill, Shimla. A total of 50 participants took part in the race competing under two events ITT (Individual Time Trial) and XCO (Cross Country Olympic). 

While the participants in the Individual Time Trial got a feel of competing in a mountain bike race with a loop consisting of a mix of single trail, jeep road and tarmac road with a distance of approximately 5 km covered, the participants of the Cross Country Olympic event got to test their metal on the same trail by completing three laps of the same circuit. 

Similar events were held at three other districts on the very same day — Bilaspur, Mandi and Kullu — by the corresponding district associations. The district body of Kangra also held the event on 1 February 2021, while the event is scheduled to be held today (3 February 2021) at Solan.

No entry fee was taken from the participants at the event, with the winners getting an opportunity to compete in the State Level Championship which will be held in Shimla on 7 February 2021 by the Cycling Association of Himachal Pradesh (under whose guidelines the associate district bodies conducted these events separately). 

Category wise winner details at the Shimla event are as follows:

Here are a few images clicked by the author at the Shimla event:

Boys getting geared up while the registrations for the race continue
Boys getting geared up while the registrations for the race continue; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
A young boy anxiously waiting for the race to start
“Let’s go already” — a young boy anxiously waiting for the race to start; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
On the mark, set and ready to go
On the mark, set and ready to go; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
Young talent getting experience of participating in MTB race
Young talent getting experience of participating in MTB race; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
The oldest but all inspiring Sundorcha Sherpa
The oldest but all inspiring Sundorcha Sherpa; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
Old and young — lessons for all
Old and young — lessons for all; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
Akash Sherpa speeding down the trail
Akash Sherpa speeding down the trail; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
A great event to hone one's skills in mountain biking
A great event to hone one’s skills in mountain biking; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

Members of cycling associations from Kangra, Mandi and Bilaspur also shared some images from their events:

Kangra —

Flag-off at the Kangra event
Flag-off at the Kangra event; Photo Courtesy: Kangra Cycling Association
Full focus on the trail during the Kangra event
Full focus on the trail during the Kangra event; Photo Courtesy: Kangra Cycling Association
Hard at work in the Kangra event
Hard at work in the Kangra event; Photo Courtesy: Kangra Cycling Association

Mandi —

The customary group pic at the Mandi event
The customary group pic at the Mandi event; Photo Courtesy: Mandi Cycling Association
Participants at the venue of Mandi event
Participants at the venue of Mandi event; Photo Courtesy: Mandi Cycling Association

Bilaspur —

Preparations under progress at the Bilaspur event
Preparations under progress at the Bilaspur event; Photo Courtesy: Bilsapur Cycling Association
The starting line-up at Bilapsur
The starting line-up at Bilapsur; Photo Courtesy: Bilsapur Cycling Association

The Cycling Association of Himachal Pradesh (CAHP) aims at providing a platform for the youth to show their talent and so help them to get opportunities and excel in the sport at national level and someday secure an olympic medal for our nation.

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