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World Champion Cyclist Conquering Greater Heights

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Mountains are often calling but whom? This time around its the mountain bikers who have picked up the call. A Canadian mountain biker triumphed all his limits to record an incredible journey in one the highest trekking route of the world.

Cory Wallace, a well known name in the world of adventure cycling, ascended upto 5416m altitude of Thorong La Pass, in his record breaking quest to complete Annapurna Circuit. 2 times winner of Wembo Solo 24H World Championship, Wallace completed 220 Kilometres of raw track to set a record breaking bicycle ride.

Image Credit : Patrick Means

Wallace began his marathon ride on a chilly night of 20th November at 10:50 pm from Beshisahar, Lamjung and completed his journey at Beni, Myagdi the next day at 8:16 pm. Riding his Kona Hei Hei, mountain bike he took only 21 hours and 26 minutes to complete the circuit, breaking his own previous record of 23 hours 57 minutes from last December. In his unbelievable ride he gained 4600m vertical height and descended the same height just within a day.

His ride is recorded in Strava, a social fitness network that tracks cycling and running with the help of GPS. Wallace was accompanied by Peter Means from USA and Ajay Pandit, Gaurav Man Sherchan, Rajan Bhandari, Okesh Bajracharya and Roan Tamang, all from Nepal in different stages of journey.

Image Credit : Candace Mihalcheon

Wallace, 35yo had won his first Wembo Solo 24H World Championship in 2017, held in Italy while he defended his title this year at Scotland going past 350 competitors from 20 odd countries. He is also a two time winner of Canadian Marathon Championship.

In a special interview with Tourism Pokhara held at Butterfly Lodge,Lakeside, Wallace informed that the main purpose of his journey was to raise fund via GoFundMe for Nepal Cyclist Ride to Rescue (NCRR) Training Centre in Kathmandu, a social organisation established in the aftermath of 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. Wallace was able to collect 7200 Dollars which he contributed to the group. His previous attempt also collected $3000 fund for operation of NCRR.

Wallace suggested that Nepal should focus on cycling that could not only help in reducing ever increasing pollution but also introduce Nepal in Global stage from a different perspective. Also addressing the health benefits of cycling, Wallace believed Nepal could be a paradise for Mountain Bikers.

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