Leh is all set to host the first-ever Mountain Bicycle, MTB, World Cup-the ‘UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup in India. The ‘UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup’ will be organized in collaboration with the Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh and the Cycling Association of India. The Ladakh leg of the Eliminator World Cup is part of ten professional race series held in various cities across the world. UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup is going to be a short track race with Cross Country Eliminator, XCE, the format of five hundred meters with natural and artificial obstacles. In this upcoming event, a total of 20 international, 55 national, and local cyclists are going to participate. Since the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup is going to be held for the first time in India, all cyclists are excited about the event.
The event will be flagged off by the Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Leh CEC Tashi Gyaltson, and Ladakh ADGP SS Khandare. They will flag off the time tials for men and women, Kids joy ride, and Cross-Country Eliminator, XCE, for men respectively. The Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur will flag off the Cross-Country Eliminator Heats and Finals.The mission of City MountainBike is to organise competitions of the most exciting mountain bike discipline at the highest level into top venues of the most varied big cities in the world. This brings athletes closer to the public and brings different cultures together. In addition, children and teenagers are encouraged to join the mountain bike discipline.
UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup races have been taking place for over 15 years, across various cities in the world.
The race takes place on a short track of 500 meters, of which the racers have to take 3 or 4 laps, in groups of 4. The track is strewn with natural and man-made obstacles which pose great challenge for the cyclists and make this a spectator friendly sport.
Erick Fierro from Ecuador and Marion Fromberger impressed throughout all heats, reaching the big finals without any issues. In the women’s finals, Fromberger concluded with another convincing win, leading from start to finish. After a poor start, Mariske Strauss (South Africa) still managed to take second place, preceding Marcela Lima from Brazil and Didi de Vries from the Netherlands. Romanian Eszter Bereczki secured her first UCI World Cup podium place thanks to winning the small finals.
The men’s race had a thrilling ending, with Felix Klausmann passing Dan Noyola (Mexico) and Erick Fierro only in the very end of the final race. By doing so, the experienced German champion took his first ever win in the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup, while Fierro and Castillo had to settle with second and third place. Another German, Stephan Mayer, and Edvin Lindh from Sweden completed the top five.
Men’s results – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Leh/Ladakh
1. Felix Klausmann (GER)
2. Erick Fierro (ECU)
3. Daniel Noyola (MEX)
4. Stephan Mayer (GER)
5. Edvin Lindh (SWE)
Women’s results – UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup Leh/Ladakh
1. Marion Fromberger (GER)
2. Mariske Strauss (RSA)
3. Marcela Lima (BRA)
4. Didi de Vries (NED)
5. Eszter Bereczki (ROU)
It's a really proud moment for every Indian and also motivates the more and more young riders in coming future and make our MTB Cycling stronger and wealthy for sure.
MEANWHILE, RIDE HARD AND RIDE SAFE.........