Hercules MTB Himachal riders reach Jalori Pass



Shimla (Oct 28): The Hercules MTB Himachal 2010 rally completed its 6th day today as the rallyist reached Jalori pass, highest point in the rally, in the afternoon. Ajay Pandit from Nepal reached Jalori in a record time of 1 hour 49 min 11 seconds, after covering an uphill section of 22 Kms.

The first stage of the day was an uphill section of 22 Kms starting from Bahu and going up to Jalori Pass. The riders started their climb at an approximate height of 1,600 mts from Bahu near Anni in Kullu to reach the maximum elevation of 3,120 mts at Jalori pass.

Ajay Pandit, who is leading the race since Day 2, covered this challenging section in 1 hour 49 min and 11 secs. This is the fastest time ever as the previous record was of 1 hour 50 min. Ramesh Chander of Indian Army adventure wing was the second fastest rider to reach Jalori pass, taking a total time of 1 hour 49 min and 16 sec.

44 riders had started the uphill section and till the time of filing of this report, 21 riders had made to the flying finish. It is to be noted that this section had received heavy snowfall 6 days back and race organizers were planning to cancel the stage. However with improvement in weather and riding conditions over the last 4 days helped stage this section of the rally.

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