Nationwide Mountain Bike Championship: Soman celebrates captaincy debut with two golds
Captaining the Maharashtra facet for the primary time, bike owner Pranita Soman clinched two gold medals on the second day of the seventeenth senior, junior and sub-junior Nationwide Mountain Bike Championship, Gadag, Karnataka on Saturday.
The primary gold medal got here for Soman within the XCT (particular person time trial ) race with the timing of 51 minutes 46.165 seconds. Silver and bronze medals went to Joysna Narzay, Karnataka (56 minutes and 39.302 seconds) and state lady Priyanka Karande (57 minutes 06.148 seconds) respectively.
The second gold medal was the workforce gold because it got here within the combined relay (18.4km race distance) occasion which was launched to the nationals for the primary time.
Soman together with teammates Priyanka Karande, Vitthal Bhosle and Bheem Rokaya accomplished the occasion in a single hour, 5 minutes and 1.223 seconds.
The second and third place went to Karnataka (One hour, six minutes and 43.096 seconds ) and Uttarakhand (One hour, 13 minutes and 6.689 seconds)
A 20-year-old Soman from Sangamner district, Ahmednagar desire to spend the offseason in Pune to grasp her expertise in mountain biking.
“I follow with Gautam Taode on the Arai tekdi (hill) and Pashan tekdi (hill). The session is usually of 1 or two months,” mentioned Soman who can be participating in yet one more occasion – XCO (Mass begin race).
In 2019, Soman received silver medals in XCT and XCO occasions in nationals held at Uttarakhand.
“I wished to alter the color of my medal to gold from silver that’s what my focus was. I’m pleased to realize two gold medals immediately and can attempt to proceed the identical efficiency in XCO (mass begin race),” mentioned Soman.
Whereas most athletes suffered as a result of 2020 pandemic 12 months, for Soman it was distinction as she practised onerous on a stationary bicycle which has improved her energy.
“I took the 2020 12 months in a constructive manner and devoted full time for health and coaching. I used to be in common contact with my coaches Mitten Thakker and Gautam Taode by way of on-line periods,” added Soman.
Captainship is the brand new duty
“I have to handle which isn’t a tough process. Correct steering to juniors helps them to enhance their efficiency. Women carry on asking me just a few issues which I inform them. I additionally share my experiences particularly all these which I’ve received whereas taking part in earlier tournaments,” added Soman.
Maharashtra was the runner up within the 2019 Nationals behind Karnataka.
“Karnataka and Kerala are essentially the most aggressive states relating to biking. Karnataka being host is practising on this observe because the final one month whereas we had two days of follow,” added Soman.
Pune bike owner received three medals
Cyclists from the town have a cause to cheer as three bike owner from Pune received medals in respective classes within the ongoing seventeenth senior, junior and sub-junior Nationwide Mountain Bike Championship, Gadag, Karnataka
Within the youth boys’ class, Adeep Wagh received the gold medal within the particular person time trial occasion (10km 4laps) with the timings of 31 minutes and 21.015 seconds.
The silver and bronze medals went to Samaroan Jain, Karnataka (30min.26.282 seconds) Malav Dutta, Assam (31min. 25.851 sec) in youth boys.
The opposite two medals got here within the youth ladies’ class, particular person time trial occasion (10km 4laps).
Pune ladies Siddhi Shirke and Shravani Parit completed first and second on the rostrum.
Shirke secured first place with a timing of 35 minutes 40.863 seconds whereas Parit completed with a timing of 38 minutes 25.227 seconds. The bronze medal went to Chaya Nagashetti, Karnataka (40 minutes 18.372 seconds).