Meghalaya: Marce Sangma wins silver in Nyokum Yullo MTB Challenge



Continuing her inspiring story, Marcelina (Marce) Sangma, a resident of Damas in North Garo Hills (NGH) won a silver medal in the recently concluded Nyokum Yullo Mountainbike (MTB) Challenge in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Speaking of her achievement, 45-year-old Marce said, “The course was challenging and started off with 6 kms off-road riding before 20 kms of highway. The rest of the race was a steep climb before coming downhill. It also had a river crossing.”

The event which was its third edition, was organised by the Arunachal Amateur Bicycling Association and the East Kameng Cycling Association here in East Kameng district recently.

27 participants from the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh were part of the competition with the distance of the race being 56 kms.

In the men’s category, Omil Mize from Siang, with a timing of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 30 seconds claimed the first prize, followed by Suto Linggi (2 hours, 15 minutes and 28 seconds) from Roing, and Tajum Dere (2 hours, 15 minutes and 30 seconds) 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 Marce Sangma from Meghalaya 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 Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee, Bana 2021, sponsored the event, while technical support was provided by the Itanagar Cycling Meet.

The Lower Siang Adventure Camp was the travel partner of the event.

(Edited by Shankar Turha)