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


Ultra cyclist Kabir Rachure from Maharashtra took a podium finish in his category at the Race Across America (RAAM) on Sunday, a first for an Indian in what is billed as the world’s toughest cycling race.

Rachure, a lawyer hailing from Marathwada who practices at the Bombay High Court, placed third in the solo men’s under-50 category, completing the 3,038-mile race in 11 days, 11 hours and 25 minutes, according to the official standings.

The clock is ticking continuously throughout the race and the contestants must pedal from the west coast of the US to the east coast in less than 12 days, arranging their sleep, food and all other errands within the given time, making it a tough endurance event makes race that tests courage.

Racers are accompanied by a support crew in vehicles, who meet all requirements along the way and follow the cyclist after sunset for safety reasons.

Indians began competing in the race about a decade ago and have garnered accolades including a win in the two-man category. This is the second finish at the coveted event for Rachure himself.

There were two other Indians racing in the solo category this year, but they were unable to finish the race.

The overall winner in the solo category was Australian Allan Jefferson in the 50-59 subgroup, who finished the race in just over 10 days, and was followed three hours later by Czech Svata Bozak, while Switzerland’s Nicole Reist came third . by finishing it four hours later.

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

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