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Arunachalee cyclist shines in national event

 A Correspondent

Itanagar, April 30: Representing India in cycling race is the ultimate goal of young Arunachalee girl Rubi Lombo, who become first runner up in women’s category of 7th edition of Hero Cycles Mountain Terrain Biking (MTB) at Shimla.
Lobmo has been achieving one after another record to win laurel for this hilly states where girls have been excelling in sports events in national and global levels.
“I secured overall 43rd position in overall category besides the above record for which the organizer gave certificate of merit for the annual event conducted during April 13-15 last,” she said over telephone today on arriving at her remote native Echali village, near Lower Dibang Valley district headquarters Roing.
Lombo, younger sister of Everest conqueror Tine Mena, has already carved a niche for herself in cycling on being nurtured by her sister.
She had created many a records including participation in 110-km MTB National Challenge touching 7300-feet above sea level beginning inside the dense forest of Jim Corbett, the trail passing through sweeping bends to travel through breath-taking view, dirt roads, wilderness and some steep climb to conclude at Vinayak, Nainital during April 20-23 last year in which she got third position in woman category.
Her other achievements included participation in 85-km first Tawang MTB Challenge (Edition IV) routed through 6,500 to 8,000-feet above sea level certified by state’s sport & youth affairs, secured first position in adventure awareness training camp conducted at Roing by Etalin-based Popu Heritage Foundation during December last year as certified by state’s directorate of sport & youth affairs; 40-km DN-X MTB Championship 2017 (Edition-I) in solo woman category; felicitated by  Idu Mishmi Cultural & Literary Society during Golden Jubilee Reh celebration-2018; state’s tourism department certified as tourism service provider for capacity building for imparting training in February 2010. She underwent cycling in Nainital recently as part of her preparation.

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