Subhamoy Paul, a participant of Moto-Quads Xtreme category of the Raid de Himalaya, died yesterday after he crashed during the third day of the rally. The organisers called off the event after the tragedy that shook the rallying fraternity across the country. All the competitors and marshals are making their way down the mountains.
The rider from Kolkata was a seasoned campaigner at the Raid. On the third day of the event — during the Losar to Gramphoo stage over Kunzum pass — Paul is said to have lost control of his motorcycle (a KTM 500 EXC) in a rocky section and reportedly died on the spot. He was found with a severe head injury by the first response vehicle but his couldn’t be revived. He was airlifted to Manali by the support medical chopper but to no avail. He crashed near Chhatru, around 17 kilometres from Gramphoo, but the exact reason for the crash could not be ascertained. The 49 year old rider had been doing trail and enduro training and was in good physical condition.
The 2016 edition of the Raid began from Manali on Sunday and the competitors crossed the Rohtang Pass on the first day, ending the day’s ride in Kaza. The second day’s action saw the competitors ride competitive stages in a Kaza Gate-Lingti-Rama-Kaza Gate-Demul-Kaza loop. On the third day, the competitors began the stage from Kaza, and took the route via Losar and Gramphoo. Raid de Himalayas is an extreme test of mental endurance and physical tolerance where riders need to cross 18,000 kilometers of hostile terrain and inclement weather to achieve the almost impossible goal set before them in a week.
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