Four Indian cyclists will travel to Portugal for the Algarve Bike Challenge

NEW DELHI: Four Indian cyclists, part of the Heroic Action Team, will travel to Portugal run on Algarve Bike Challenge February 7

The UCI category 2 cycling race will host some of the finest riders from across the world in a three-day mountain biking extravaganza on the southern coast of Portugal. The race will witness participation of over 1100 cyclists from 16 countries.

Cyclists of the Heroic Action Team - Akshit Gaur (20), Ashish Sherpa (18), Akash Sherpa (22) and David Kumar (25) - will join to form two teams for their participation.

Ashish Sherpa, youngest of the four, has already made a dent in the Indian mountain biking scene. Back in 2017, I finished 3rd at the Indian National Championship. He won the best Asian Rider at Hero MTB Himalaya , and finished in the Top 5 at Darling Brew Extreme in South Africa.

His older brother, Akash, will compete in his first international career.

Akshit, 19, is a student at the University of Punjab. He began riding a bicycle 5 years ago, when he became acquainted with mountain biking as a sport through a HASTPA school program. He is a double gold medalist in the National Junior Championship. He is also the youngest Indian to participate in an international MTB race.

David Kumar is the first human to take his bike to the Holy rock in Kinner Kailash. He has multiple podium victories under his belt at Hero Shimla MTB and Hero MTB Himalaya.

This is the second time that Indian cyclists will compete in the event.