Mangluru, Nov 06, 2017 : Team WeRCycling from Mangaluru put up an impressive performance in the two-day Deccan Cliffhanger Ultra Cycling Race between Pune and Goa (643 km) that concluded on Sunday.
While the 5th edition of cliffhanger witnessed participation from cyclists across the country, WeRCycling with nine riders was the lone team from Karnataka, said team president Sarvesh Samaga.
The team under 18-35 years category, comprising Koushik Sargod, Krishna Kumar, Shashank Pal, and Nithin Mohan emerged third by completing the race in 23 hours 23 minutes against the cut-off time of 30 hours. The team under 35-49 years category comprising Shyamprasad Nayak, Sarvesha Samaga, Brijesh Balakrishnan and Ashok Lobo emerged fourth by finishing in 24 hours 14 minutes against the cut-off time of 31 hours. The riders were supported by a crew comprising Sudhir Albuquerque, Shivananda Rao, Anish Lobo, S.I. Mubeen, Harivijay Kudva, Ashwath Rasquina, Deepak Hebbar, and Barani Krishna.
Though Dhanraj Karkera under the solo category was performing exceptionally well, he developed cramps near Dharwad in Karnataka and had to quit. Mr. Samaga told The Hindu that the route passed through Pune-Bengaluru highway and also interior areas, including Joshi Vihir, Mahabaleshwar, Bhillar, and Dharwad. While the racers struggled on the hilly terrain on very narrow roads between km 88 and km 150, they had to face heat, head and cross winds between Satara and Dharwad before finishing at Bogmolo beach in Goa.
Deccan Cliffhanger is one of the first and most popular annual ultra races in the country organised by Inspire India. The 5th edition saw record participation. All those who finished within the cut-off time were awarded with finisher’s medals. Mr. Samaga said the results were a proud moment for cycling community in Mangaluru.