Hyderabad all set for National meet

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is all set to stage the National mountain biking championships at the Osmania University campus from July 21 to 24, according to champion cyclist of yesteryear, Maxwell Trevor.

Speaking to The Hindu, he said the 7.2 km circuit identified within the university premises was inspected by Pinaky Bysak, the Cycling Federation of India's (CFI) Chief Commissaire in the last week of June.

Bysak, the only Indian to have completed the Union Cyclists International (UCI)'s international commissaire course, had expressed satisfaction over the route.

About 20 per cent of the track is metalled and the dirt sections contain not less than three water troughs, filled up with the recent rains. Along the way is a thickly wooded stretch, where peacocks roam freely. The location, which is close to the Osmania University's College of Physical Education, with few vehicles plying in the area, is quite picturesque, says Trevor.

He said competitions would be held in the following categories: boys and girls under 14, 16 and 18 years of age, men and women. Distances would vary between seven and 40 km for the different categories.

About 450 to 500 participants were expected for the four-day meet. Among the eight institutional teams affiliated to the CFI, Indian Railways and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) had confirmed their entries.

Accommodation for participants and officials would be provided by the Osmania University. Acknowledging the institution's support, Trevor said the very proposal to stage the event in the varsity campus was cleared by the Registrar, Muttha Reddy, in minutes.

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