Raid de Himalaya

No stopping bravehearts

Monday 1st October, 2018

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Publication  The Hindu
Source  Bureau
CCM  15.89
Edition  New Delhi
Supplement   NA
MAV  29,237
Language  English
Page  19
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No stopping bravehearts
Two amputees, Ashok Munne of Nagpur and Vi-nod Rawat of Mumbai, will compete on motor bikes in the world's highest crosscountry rally, the Raid de Himalaya, to be staged from October 8 to 14.
Considered among the top-10 toughest rallies of the world, the Raid, taking off from Leh will feature about 200 competitors, racing over some of the most challenging roads in the Kargil, Zanskar and La-dakh sectors, speeding over rocks, gravel and dust.
Ashok Munne and Vinod Rawat will be competing in the toughest category of the Raid, Xtreme Moto.
The 34-year-old Munne is a para-athlete, mountaineer, an expert para glider, a scuba diver, a marathon runner, a black belt in martial arts, a skilled gymnast and kayaker, yoga expert and ace swimmer.
The 43-year-old Vinod Rawat has lived the dream of Raid de Himalaya for the past 18 years. He has been going to Leh since 2011 at least once a year, riding the motor cycle to get acclimatised.