Hello fellow NCU students and alumni,
Greetings from Manang! So far the race is going great. We have finished through stage 7 and are on our rest day now. The team is certainly tired, but we are in a great position to attack these last few stages. Aayman Tamang, one of our Nepali riders, has finished on the podium in several stages and is sitting in third place overall. He has a great shot at the overall podium and we will be working hard to keep him in that position.
I am currently sitting in 8th place overall and I am the 3rd best non-Nepali. I am hoping to improve my position over the next few stages as the altitude should play to my advantage over some of the other competitors. Thor is having a solid ride, finishing in the top 10 yesterday and holding on to 12th overall. His strong hiking skills and comfort at altitude should help him improve on that position.
Rajan, our other sponsored Nepali rider is the youngest in the race, and is gaining great experience. Despite his young age he is right on Thor's heels in 13th overall.
We are really happy with our results so far.