Maha: Marathwada cyclist finishes on podium in `world`s toughest` cycle race


Maharashtra-based ultra-cyclist Kabir Rachure on Sunday secured a podium finish in his category at the Race Across America (RAAM), making it the first for an Indian in what is known as the world’s toughest cycle race.

Rachure, a lawyer from Marathwada who practices at the Bombay High Court, came third in the solo men’s under-50 category, covering 3,038 miles in 11 days, 11 hours and 25 minutes, according to the official leaderboard.

The clock is constantly ticking in the race and participants have to walk from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States in less than 12 days, managing their sleep, eating and other activities within a specified time. , making it a difficult tolerance. A race that tests ability.

The racers are accompanied by a support crew in the vehicles, who take care of all the needs during the journey and give the cyclist the trail after sunset for safety reasons.

Indians started participating in the race almost a decade ago and have won accolades including wins in two men’s categories. For Rachure this is his second finish in this famous event.

Two more Indians were in the running in the solo category in this year’s event, but they could not finish the race.

The overall winner in the solo category was Australian Alan Jefferson in the 50-59 age sub-group, who completed the race in just 10 days, followed by Czech Savta Bozak three hours later, while Swiss girl Nicole Reist was third overall. remained Completing it after four hours.

The lone men’s under-50 category was won by Bozak, while American Phil Fox finished six hours ahead of Rachur, according to the leaderboard.

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