17 yr old Shimla cyclist youngest ever to participate in International mountain biking event
Akshit Gaur will be the youngest rider and only Indian in ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, cross country marathon style international biking race in Sri Lanka.
17 year old Akshit Gaur is all set to represent his country in ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ – a cross country marathon style international biking race to be held in Sri Lanka in the coming week.
Gaur will be the youngest participant at these races and is set to compete against other international mountain biking experts that include 3 time Canadian champion – Cory Wallace from Canada, a former World Championships 18 no ranker Yuki Ikeda from Japan and Ajay Pandit Chettri from Nepal.
The race is being held in four stages over a distance of 300 kms in four days. It is a challenging event with a lot of climbing involved taking riders upto 8000 meters across steep mountain ranges and tea gardens. Gaur, who represents the Hero Action Team supported by Hero Cycles, will proudly carry the Indian flag as he is the only Indian rider in these international biking events.
Gaur, a student of St; Edwards School in Shimla has just cleared his Standard XII examination. A resident of Shimla, he has been an avid biker and will be seen riding the UT ETX bike which is a full carbon bike weighing 10 kgs and carrying a price tag of INR 2.99 lakhs.
Gaur has participated in many such international events in the past. He has faced challenges and won against older and more experienced riders and has been trained for these upcoming events in the foothills of the Himalayas spending 2-4 hours on his bike each day.