Ramesh wins eighth leg, Padam keeps lead

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Chandigarh, Mar 10 (UNI) Despite finishing second in the penultimate leg of the nine-leg 452 km long first 25,000 US Dollar Internationa Mountain Biking Expedition being organised by the sikkim Tourism Department, Padam Sabenhhang of Himalayan Ultimate Biking-I was maintaining his lead as 30 competitors reported here this evening.

According to a report received here, after completion of eighth leg from Soerang Sombaria to Namchi, a distance of 38.4 Km, including free ride, Nepal champion Padam pedalled the distance in 1::23:03 to maintain his overall lead with an impressive timing of 14 hours and 40:02 seconds.

His long-haired colleague Mangal Krishna Lama was occupying the provision second position with an aggregate time of 14::40:17:3.

The third position in the overall individual standing was occupied by Naresh Barman of Army C who had covered the energy-saving metalled road-off-road-hike-and-bike competition in 15::57:29.

However, today, Ramesh Chandra Joshi (Army A) cornered glory by winning the eighth leg by clocking 25 km competitive route in 1::23:03. After finishng the first position, Ramesh was holding the fourth position with an aggregate timing of 15:57:29.

Ang Phurba Sherpa of HUB I was leading in the Masters category as he had finished eight legs in 22::35:38. Ang has claimed Himalaya twice besides scaling other peaks. White beared Saminder Saluja of Melting Point was occupying the second position in the Masters section with a timing of 23::29:36.

The 48-year-old Jigme D Denjongpa was keeping Sikkim's hopes alive in the Masters category as he covered the marathon cycling (eight legs) in 30::02:03.

With American Shri Leventhal withdrawing from the competition after first leg, Indian national champion Kulbir Kaur of Guru Gobind Singh College of Sector 26 Chandigarh was holding the spotlight in the women's category.

Kulbir Kaur, representing Firefox, clocked 23::49:17 and was at the 25th place in overall. Her colleague Monika, the youngest competitor at the age of 18, was at the second position in the women's section and 29th in overall with 29:47:19.

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