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250 Mountain Bike riders take part in 2nd North Quest Challenge, Ladakh 2018
By Rigzin Wangmo, Monday, October 8, 2018

A total of around 250 Mountain Bike (MTB) riders participated in the 2nd North Quest Challenge Ladakh 2018 on September 30.

Dorjay Motup, Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh in presence of other guest flagged off the cycling race under Elite, Amateur and children categories.

Elite riders took six laps of the route which was almost 58 km. Likewise, the Amateur men category had one lap shorter and for women category, it was 3 laps of the route. For children, it was drafted to cover one lap of the route.

Wisdom Evento Sports organised the event supported by several corporate houses under the technical guidance of ‘Cycling Federation of India’ (CFI). 

Harkrat Singh, one of the organisers said, “I am overwhelmed with the turnout. In 2016, the locals did not take part in the MTB as they were very apprehensive about taking part, especially off-road event. Compared to the last event we have witnessed a massive influx of new riders”. 

He said that it is going to be an annual event during September, as the month gives time to manage traffic and everything and it’s the time when CFI holds most of their MTB events. He also informed that it is the highest accredited MTB race in the world. The other high altitude races are not accredited by any national cycling federation. 

He later expressed gratitude to LAHDC and other stakeholders for the support in making the event a success.

Stany Wangchuk one of the organisers, Wisdom Evento Sports said, “We are doing this for the second time. The first addition was in 2016 out of which the talent hunt was conducted and 5 children were identified. Lekzes Angmo has created a history in J&K by winning a gold medal. She is a national champion and we intend to continue this event in Ladakh every year and bring more cyclists.”

The winners of the race under different categories:




Elite category

Kiran Kumar Ragu



Devender Kumar


Padam Bahadur


Amateur women

Sonam Chuskit


Rinchen Dolma


Amateur men category

Thinles Dorjey


Sachin Kumar Singh


Changchup Dorjay


Cash prize by Wisdom, vouchers by Steadfast nutrition, premium watch from Timex and premium bike from Giant Starkeen were also presented to the different winners.
Sonam Chuskit said, “I have participated in the year 2016 as well. I am delighted to win the race. We all should participate, especially the girls, if we have the motivation nothing is difficult in this world to accomplish.” 

Kiran Kumar Raju said, “This is my first Leh trip and has been amazing to race at this altitude. Definitely, it was difficult but all worked well. I have been into cycling for seven years but took it little more seriously in the last four years.”

Cash prize by Wisdom, vouchers by Steadfast nutrition, premium watch from Timex and premium bike from Giant Starkeen were also presented to the different winners and participants.

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