Motorbike rally thrills sports enthusiasts in Shimla

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Shoghi (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 29 : Braving the shivering cold, young bikers and sports enthusiasts in Shimla took part in an adventurous motorbike rally.

Over 25 bikers from across India roared through the villages that were in a 16-kilometre radius from Shimla in a stunning bike race.

Shimla hosted the 'Shimla Motorcycle Challenge 2008', a one-day motorbike competition on Sunday with the aim of promoting motor sports in the region.

"The entire objective was to add a little bit more adventure and promote biking in the region. Biking somehow has died off in Himachal in the past few years. So our objective was to make biking alive again," said Vishal Sarin, organiser of the motorbike challenge.

While, most of the participants were from Punjab, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan, many bikers hailed from Mumbai and southern states too.

The excited participants said that the hills of Himalayas provide the much-needed challenge and add to the adrenaline rush.

Full of thrills and stunts, the race tested the skills of riders and ruggedness of the bikes, as they zoomed through the curves of the hills.

"This is very challenging, we have tarmac (downhill) and lose gravel. On the tarmac, we have little bit snow and ice, so that makes the route little bit tougher. Whereas gravel is concrete, its very fast and challenging, but good fun," said Vivek, a motorbike rider from Punjab.

Bikers, however, felt motor sports desperately need patrons.

Villagers and other visitors also came in large numbers to witness the adventure sport and cheer their friends and family members, who participated in the motorcycle challenge. By Hemant Chauhan

ANI

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