Tura, Feb 28: Continuing her inspiring story, Marcelina (Marce) Sangma, a resident of Damas in North Garo Hills, once again did the region proud by winning silver in the recently concluded Nyokum Yullo MTB Challenge in Arunachal Pradesh.
The event, which was its third edition, was organised by the Arunachal Amateur Bicycling Association and the East Kameng Cycling Association in East Kameng recently. There were 27 participants from Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh who cycled a distance of 56 km.
The race comprised both off-road and on-road courses and posed a challenge to the racers.
In the men’s category, Omil Mize from Siang, with a timing of 2 hours 13 minutes and 30 seconds got the first prize, followed by Suto Linggi from Roing and Tajum Dere from Mechuka.
In the women’s category, Rubi Lombo from Anini came first with a timing of 3 hours 13 minutes and 26 seconds, and Sangma stood second with a timing of 3 hours 26 minutes and 25 seconds.
The ‘most promising rider’ award was given to 16-year-old Chomson Ngemu (2 hours, 31 minutes and 50 seconds) from Miao, who took the fourth position.
The riders were felicitated on the eve of the Nyokum Yullo festival in Bana.
The event was sponsored by the Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee, Bana, 2021 while technical support was provided by the Itanagar Cycling Meet. The Lower Siang Adventure Camp was the travel partner of the event.
Speaking of her achievement, the 45-year-old cyclist said, “The course was challenging and started off with 6 km of off-road riding before 20 km of highway. The rest of the race was a steep climb before coming downhill. It also had a river crossing.”
She informed that she would have had better timing but for a bout of cramps that made her lose about 20 minutes of race time.