The best and youngest mountain biking sensation of Sikkim 19 year old “Asim Sharma” from Lungchok village in West Sikkim has seen enough podiums already and his journey has just started. Currently standing in 5th position in the national ranking of Cycling Federation of India Asim has been regularly making Sikkim proud.
Know more about young rider in this exclusive interview by NIRMAL MANGAR
Sikkim Chronicle: How did you get into Mountain biking?
Asim Sharma: I was six years old when my joyride with bicycle started. My professional biking career started in 2016 with an event held at Okhrey Tourism festival in West Sikkim. Although I did not bag any position but the competition boosted my professional morale.
Sikkim Chronicle: Who inspired you to take up the sport?
Asim Sharma: I adored watching Lance Armstrong who is a world champion. I knew I wanted to take up this seriously and professionally.
Sikkim Chronicle: What is your preferred discipline?
Asim Sharma: My fortay is cross country as it helps me shape my riding skills and explore my limits.
Sikkim Chronicle: How often do you ride in a week?
Asim Sharma: I approximately ride 5 to 6 hours on weekends. Riding gives me happiness which is beyond definition.
Sikkim Chronicle: How are you training to be better and stronger?
Asim Sharma: Presently, I am preparing for my plus two board exam which is quite demanding. Cycling needs lots of physical endurance, muscular strength, technical skills, proper diet and self-reliance. I do workout and exercise to keep myself maintained.
Sikkim Chronicle: How supportive are your parents?
Asim Sharma: My both parents, MR Sharma and Sabitri Sharma are teachers. They have always supported me understanding my passion for the Mountain biking. From buying my bike to expensive gears they have never discourage me.
Sikkim Chronicle: What is your plan next?
Asim Sharma: I want to pursue Bachelor in Physical Education and simultaneously train to participate in the international events and world championship.
Sikkim Chronicle: which bikes do use?
Asim Sharma: I use a Mountain bike of Merida which approximately cost Rs 2.5 lakh.
1st race okhrey edition 1=crashed
2nd race green pedal shillong = Youngest rider
3rd race 1st Tsangmo race 16700ft = 2nd position
4th race 1st trail hounds nagaland = 4th position
5th race green pedal shillong = 5th position
6th race 2nd Tsangmo race 16700ft – 1st position
7th race Epic 17100ft India’s highest MTB Challenge gurudogma race=2nd position
8th race sikkim cyclothon = 3rd position
9th race MTB Arunachal International hornbill’s flight =7th position
10th race 2nd trail hound nagaland =4th position
11th race Mtb Darjelling = 4th position
12th race okhrey edition 2 =2nd position
13th race WTH Himalayas =3rd position (student category )
14th race Epic 17k India’s highest MTB Challenge gurudogma race = 6th position
15th race 15th MTB National championship pune = 5th position at xc (mass start)and 10th position at xc (time trail )
16th race sikkim Mountain biking competition organised by Sports and Youth Affairs Government of Sikkim =1st position
17th race Dwijing xc race Guwahati = 1st position