NIMAS conducts country’s first MTB course

CHIMPU, Dec 14: Four local riders have completed the country’s first mountain terrain biking (MTB) course conducted by Dirang (West Kameng)-based National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) from 1 to 12 December.
The riders are Ahondo Menjo, Tajum Dare, Kaling Mize and Rubi Lombo, informed the youth affairs directorate’s adventure cell in-charge, KR Meetei.
As part of the training, the quartet pedalled across several notable passes, including Bomdila and Sela, onto Bumla in Tawang. They covered around 250 kms of high-altitude mountain areas with heights measuring up to 15500 ft during peak winter, where daytime temperatures plunge to below -7 degrees Celsius.
During the 12-day course, the riders were trained on acclimatization procedures, high-altitude medicines, uphill and downhill biking manoeuvring skills, bike repair, river crossing with bike, methodology of preparation for competition, etc.
Youth Affairs Director DK Dinglow felicitated the successful trainees in his office chamber here on Friday.
The expedition-cum-training course had been flagged off by Sports & Youth Affairs Minister Dr Mohesh Chai and General Officer Commanding of 4 Corps, Lt General GS Sangha, at Rupa on 3 December.