Oshimanta Phatowali from Guwahati, Assam stunned the sport of mountain biking on October 11 by winning the finals of MTB Shimla. He has also become the first Assamese to win the race.
This was Phatowali's third attempt in the MTB race. This race originated in the USA and later spread to the whole world.
MTB Shimla is a two-day event organised around the hills of Shimla.
Last week, Phatowali had conquered the Khardung La Pass, the mountain pass in Leh, Ladakh on his bicycle which is located at an elevation of 18,380 ft.
Usually, motorbikes are used to conquer this mountain pass which is considered the highest motorable road in the world. The road also serves as the gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys in Ladakh.
Mountain biking is a sport where players use bicycles to cycle on off-roads, often over rough terrains. The bicycles used in this sport are specially designed mountain bikes to enhance durability and performance in rough terrains. These bikes have frames with superior strength and often come with front and rear suspensions which help in performance.