Ukhrul: The final run for the Shirui Lily MTB 2022 has concluded on Saturday after an extremely stiff competition. The fight for the podium was intense with timing differences of just milliseconds.
Out of the 20 professional and technical riders that participated in the hardtail and full suspension category in the final day, 6 riders from the two categories have distinguished themselves on the podium with their phenomenal performances. The margin was incredibly thin and overall it has been an amazing run.
Headlining a consecutive winner of Shirui Lily MTB full suspension category two years in a row (2019 & 2022), Ismamul Howk said, “I am very happy about the win. It is my third time here at Shirui festival. I also won the last time in 2019. This time however the competition was more competitive than the past years. And it’s good to see many new racers and also the old racers getting better. I am very grateful to the Chiko Adventures team for a well-organized event and hope that this race gets better every time. Ismamul Howk is the first position holder of the full suspension category from Assam.
Taitus CH Marak from Shillong, Meghalaya came in the 1st position in the hardtail category.
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Speaking to this reporter, Taitus CH Marak told, “The race was an awesome experience. The fight for the podium was intense with timing differences of just milliseconds. I’m grateful and happy with my performance. This is the second time I’m participating in the event. The Last time I came for this festival was back in 2019. There are not too many changes to the last edition but the track was equally technical and fast this time too but the thing that surprised me most was the competition.”
Impressively AZ Thotmachan and Lumimung Shimrang from Ukhrul in their first year managed to hold on to 5th and 6th positions respectively with exactly a gap of 10 seconds in the hardtail category.
In the full suspension category, Yursem Chihui made it to the 6th position in the full suspension category.
This race this edition was organised as a special tribute to Lt. Thingmasotmi Varu who was one of the co-founders of Chiko Adventures. Thingmasotmi Varu passed away in May 2020.
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