1st Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge: Nepal Female Bikers Dominate

Tenzing Norgay MTB Challenge 2019Tenzing Norgay MTB Challenge 2019 - Winners

The 1st edition of Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge was held successfully organized on the 27th of May 2019. The event was a part of the 105th birth anniversary of late Mountaineering legend Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge
Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge 2019

In its very first edition, Darjeeling witnessing the presence of 150 riders of national and international repute from all over India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Among those who participated, the oldest was a 72-yr-old Anup Kumar Tokdar. The bikers took a 68-km long route from HMI, Darjeeling, to Air Force Station, Bagora via Chatakpur and back. Passing though the heart of Sinchel Wildlife Sanctuary, this route is gorgeous, but at the same time its very challenging.

Tenzing Norgay MTB Challenge
Darjeeling Tenzing Norgay MTB Challenge – The most beautiful race in the world

In the 1st edition of the Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge, women from Nepal dominated the show by winning all the top-three places. In the men category too Nepali rider finished 3rd.

Winners – Women Category

  • Usha Khanal from Nepal – 1st
  • Nirjala Tamrakar from Nepal – 2nd
  • Sunee Dolma Shrestha from Nepal – 3rd
Tenzing Norgay MTB Challenge 2019
Tenzing Norgay MTB Challenge 2019 – Female Winners

Winners – Men Category

  • Devendra Thakur from Himachal – 1st
  • Vittale Bhosale from Maharashtra – 2nd
  • Laxman Mall from Nepal – 3rd
Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge Darjeeling
Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge Male winners

“This is for the first time that this Mountain Biking Challenge is being organised. Over 150 participants from Nepal and other neighbouring countries participated along with the India. In future, we want to make this into an annual calendar event,” said Group Captain Jai Kishan, Principal, HMI.

Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge
HMI, Darjeeling, to Air Force Station, Bagora via Chatakpur and back.

People from all walks of life paid respect to the memorial of Tenzing Norgay in the HMI premises, the spot where he was cremated.

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Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Jamling Tenzing Norgay – son of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa paying his respects

A first day cover of Tenzing Norgay with a special cancellation was launched to mark the day by the Indian Postal Department and the Alpine Philatelic and Numismatic Society, Darjeeling.

1st Day Cover in Honour of Tenzing Norgay
1st Day Cover in Honour of Legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

[Pics and inputs via: Pankaj Subba]


4 Comments on "1st Tenzing Norgay Mountain Bike Challenge: Nepal Female Bikers Dominate"

  1. Avatar Sunita shrestha | May 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm | Reply

    Sunee Dolma Shrestha ( Sunita ) is from Nepal

    • TheDC News Desk TheDC News Desk | May 31, 2019 at 1:02 pm | Reply

      We apologize for the mistake, we got the name from HMI sources and that’s what they had sent. However, we have corrected the name.

  2. Avatar Sunita Shrestha | June 1, 2019 at 6:12 am | Reply

    Thank you so much for your kindness

  3. “special cancellation”???

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