The picturesque road from Shillong to Mawthadraishan Peak was the setting on Tuesday for the road cycling event at the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022, which Manipur won in both the men's and women's events.
(Women's winner from Manipur Naorem B Devi crosses the finish line)
Covering 80 km, this was the only event at NEOG 2022 to venture outside of the Greater Shillong area and cyclists were treated to stunning views on one of the state's excellent roads in the early morning light, a release stated.
The test of endurance and perseverance saw Konthoujam Bishan Singh from Manipur finishing first in a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds to win the open men's category, it stated.
Following behind less than a minute afterwards was the silver medallists from Arunachal Pradesh, Tajum Dere (2:29:19), with Meghalaya's own Kevinjohn Khyllait taking the bronze (2:30:45), the release stated, adding that the open women's event was won by another Manipur cyclist, Naorem B Devi (2:57:18).
Arunachal bagged another silver through Lindum Kia Kia (3:01:56), while Thokchom Helen Devi added another bronze to Manipur's tally (3:04:55), the release added.