Monday, May 14, 2007

WEST TASTES MOUNTAIN BIKING CHARM


HEE BERMIOK, May 13: The three-days long Kalez Valley Festival at Hee Bermiok constituency came to a close with an enthralling adventure sport event ‘Mountain Biking’ on 12 May at Hee Kyangbari, West Sikkim.

Sport enthusiasts from countries like Spain, Hungary, France, Britain, America and Nepal took part in the sport. Altogether 19 adventurelovers enrolled in this one-of-its-kind sport event. The biking started off from Hee Goan 13th Mile upto Sammtar covering a distance of 30 kms. High fortitude and encouragements from spectators on either side of the road boosted the spirit of the participants.

Suren Rai of Nepal successfully crossed the finish line in 1 hour 15 minutes securing the first position. Likewise Suresh Kumar Dulal (1 hour 18 minutes) and Chandra Bahadur Chettri (1 hour 20 minutes) both from Nepal, bagged second and third position respectively.

DN Thakarpa, the Speaker to Sikkim Legislative Assembly, present as the chief guest in the final day of the festival handed over cash prizes of Rs 25,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 to the first, second and third winners respectively. The fourth and the fifth winners Padam Sadanglay and Sunil Shresthra were handed over with consolation prizes of Rs 5,000s each.