Mountain biking rocks Tissamaharama
MOUNTAIN BIKING: The first ever Mountain Biking Cycle Cross as
part of the Tharunyata Hetak Programme which commenced yesterday was
held at the newly constructed Ceylon Auto Drome.
The highlight of the day was the large participation of Mountain
Biking riders from all parts of the country.
The event which was organised by the Tharunyata Hetak Foundation and
conducted by the Mountain Biking Association of Sri Lanka A total of
nine events were worked off within the stipulated time.
Young Riders from schools in the Hambantota competed along with
riders from other parts of the country. The biggest attraction was the
event for under 16 which had a start line packed with over 100 riders.
This has to be the first occasion that a Mountain Biking event
attracted so many riders. This was an exiting event for all spectators
who gathered to witness this spectacular event.
Manoj Prasanna and N. Chathuranga who travelled all the way from
Negombo were the winner and runner up in the under 16 event.
These two riders were closely followed by K. A. Sisira Nuwan a rider
also from the Gampaha District.
The race which got off to a mass start such few riders have mishaps
few meteres away from the start line. This was mainly due to the
competitiveness of the race. The riders were always seen in a bunch till
the second lop when the tree top riders broke off the bunch and went
Though they were in front, they had to undergo stiff opposition until
the finish of the race.
The biggest event for the race the open event for over 19 years
attracted all the leading cyclists from the country.
It was a big battle between three top riders. First it was Daan
Nugera who was in front for nearly two laps.
Nugera who is still an under 19 rider decided to compete in the open
event giving an opportunity for a new rider to win the under 10 age
group. Amal Suranga, Nuwan Chinthaka and K.G.A. Priyantha Jayalal got
past the race leader Nugera in the third lap.
They kept on increasing the lead changing positions at regular
The last seven laps saw a real ding dong brittle and finally it was
Amal Suranga from Air Force and Sri Lanka Army’s Nuwan Chinthaka.
Thousands of Southern spectators who gathered to watch this amazing
event got the chance to cheer when K. G. A. Priyantha from Tissamaharama
was placed their in this race riding against the top riders in the
Under - 10 Boys. 1. Pasindu Prasad, 2. V. A. Ishara Dilshani, 3. D.
Girls - H. G. Shashanee Lakshani
Under 13 Boys, 1. M. A. Manoj, 2. N. C. Kamalananda, 3. Sisira Nishan.
Girls - 1. L. P. Malsha Jayathri, 2. K. G. S. Madumali, 3. K. G. T.
Under 16 Boys - 1. Manoj Prasanna, 2. N. Chathuranga, K. A. Sisira
Girls - 1. Hasanthi Udayangi, 2. N. G. Malki, N. A. Milani Irangi.
Under 19 Boys - 1. M. A. Nuwan Ruchira, 2. R. P. Sameera Chathuranga
3. N. Chathuranga
Girls - 1. Dineshi, 2. Dineshi Charmali.
Open event - 1. Amal Siranga, 2, Nuwan Chinthaka, 3. K. G. A.