MTB race reaches penultimate stage

ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The 80-member mountain terrain biking (MTB) team, which started its race/expedition from here to Mechukha in West Siang district on 15 November, has covered five stages out of the total seven.
The bikers, who left Kamba on Tuesday morning after a night’s stopover, are expected to reach Yapik, the penultimate stopover, in the evening of the same day. Ahendo Menjo of Lower Dibang Valley was maintaining the second position at the time of filing this report.
On their arrival at Kamba on 19 November, the team was accorded a warm reception by the locals, led by Liromoba MLA Nyamar Karbak.
The formal flagging in ceremony of the race is scheduled to be held on 23 November, coinciding the with the tourism promotional event adventure@mechukha, which Bollywood actor Salman Khan is expected to attend.
Riders from 10 countries, including the US and Germany, are participating in race’s second edition, besides riders from the country, comprising Indian defence forces. There are seven riders from Arunachal, including a woman.
The objective of the event is to promote the state’s tourism through adventure sports. (With inputs from DIPRO, Aalo)