A record 141 cyclists that includes 10 women riders, completed ‘Xaxti-200’ Goa’s toughest cycling challenge, states a press release by organisers – Margao-based Xaxti Riders.
The gruelling endurance ride involved more than 200 km of cycling atop a total elevation of 2,575 metres – equivalent to 30% of Mount Everest’s height of 8,848 metres – to be completed within 14:30 hours.
The 209-km hinterland route was dotted with quiet villages, temples, a free-flowing stream at Bhatim, winding climbs and exhilarating down-slopes.
“It was a scenic yet rugged route, engineered to test the endurance of the mind, body and soul of every rider,” said Sameer Nadkarni, President of Xaxti Riders. “Xaxti-200 is an endurance ride in which every finisher is winner and is worthy of the state-of-art medal crafted especially for this ultra-challenging ride.”
Apart from Goa, cyclists from Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and a lone rider from Kolkata; also participated in the annual signature ride of Xaxti Riders.