One hundred and twelve bicycle enthusiasts took part in the “Mandalay Hill Bike Challenge 2” on 25 December.
The competition included a number of different biking events. The starting point for the long distance cross-country race was in downtown Mandalay with the finishing line at the watchtower by Mandalay Mountain.
Bicycle association Mandalay Free Rider (MFR) organized the event.
“The cross-country race is divided into two classes: under 40s, and over-40s,” said Aung Win Tun from MFR.
This year’s competition is the second time it has been held, and for the occasion the 27 cyclists competing in the downhill event had to cover double the distance.
“The downhill competition has increased from 800 meters to 1,600,” said Aung Win Tun. “The trustee of Mandalay Hill allowed us to use the whole mountain, so the route is now longer and in accordance with international standards.”
The winner of the downhill race was Aung Naing Tun who beat the former record of 4 minutes, with a time of 3 minutes, 12 seconds.
For his death-defying effort, he was awarded a prize of 150 US dollars.