Indian army professionals dominate and win big at 5th MTB Tawang Challenge


Indian Army Extreme Professionals dominated the Men’s Elite, 5th Edition MTB Tawang Challenge with a resounding win with 1st Runner Up, 2nd runner-up, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th position.

While David Kumar of Himachal Pradesh finished first among the senior men, Prakash Thapa and Saurabh Singh both from the adventure wing of the Indian Army finished second and third respectively. Lindum Kiaka of Arunachal won the women’s title.

The National Level Cross Country stage event was organized under the auspices of the Cycling Federation of India CFI by the Government of Arunachal in Twang from 29 to 31 October 2022. It consisted of three stage events, namely from Dongsengmang (about 70 km ), Dongsengmang to Zemithang (about 70 km) and Zemithang to Madhuri Lake, Y Junction (about 54 km). During the event, 90 top cyclists from across the state competed for the podium.

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David Kumar triumphed in the senior men’s race with a time of 9 hours, 2 minutes and 6:625 seconds.

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Prakash Thapa (9 hours, 28 minutes, 5.121 seconds) and Saurabh Singh (9 hours, 36 minutes, 29.182 seconds), both of the Army Adventure Wing (AAW), finished in second and third place respectively.

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Kamlesh Rana of AAW, Shiven of Himachal Pradesh and Tarun Yadav of AAW finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.


Tsewang Norboo from Leh took the men’s junior title clocking in at 8 hours 25 minutes 26:166 seconds. Arjun Subba from Assam and Chomson Ngemu from Arunachal Pradesh finished in second and third place.

Lindum Kiaka from Arunachal Pradesh won the women’s title, while Hemlata Dhakad, born in Madhya Pradesh, came in second.

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