Andi Seewald was riding head of 10 minutes from single tracks of Shilaru followed by Thomas Turner and Jason English. Between 2nd and 3rd feed-station, Rocky Mountain Team’s Manuel Weissenbacher took the 3rd spot blazing along Jason in the 12 edition of Mountain biking one of the toughest motor terrain in the world.
Spokesman of Himalayan Sports and Adventure Tourism Promotion Association(HSATPA) said declaring the day two result today that after an exciting day one of stage Balkhu’s Epiphany at the 12th MTB Himalaya and Cory Wallace claimed the overall stage leader podium, day 2 witnessed spins in luck of many riders.
After a tough day with 4 tire flats on the Balkhu’s Epiphany, Seewald finished at #7 with a timing of 3:19:32 while Wallace was leading the overall category with a time of 2:47:40. In a turn of events on Stage 2- Sutlej Symphony, Andi Seewald climbed 6 spots and won stage 2 with a time of 03:59:16. Jason English finished 2nd with a time of 04:17:13 just ahead of Thomas Turner who finished the 89km competitive distance of Stage 2 in a time of 04:19:29. Cory Wallace finished at 4th spot with a time of 04:19:31 owing to time lost in replacing a tire.
Elevation gain of more than 2,000m, Maximum elevation of around 2,600m the day with 4 single track sections from Gada Kuffar to Shwad tested the will of many riders. Andi had a clear lead ahead of 10 minutes from single tracks of Shilaru and was followed by Thomas Turner and Jason English. Between 2nd and 3rd feed-station, Rocky Mountain Team’s Manuel Weissenbacher took the 3rd spot blazing along Jason. Just 8 kms from the finish, Jason overtook Turner and Manuel and finished 2nd with a time of 04:17:13.
Catherine Williamson leading the open women solo category continued her domination in the race and finished at 9th spot with a time of 05:07:40 followed by Ilda Pereira on 11th in a time of 05:16:42. Johan Labuschagne is currently leading the open masters solo category with a time of04:36:00. The South African finished at 10th spot.