Mawpdang Mawiong is located beyond NEIGRHIMS at about 15 kms from the main town of Shillong. The event started with some introduction, speeches and a minute of silence in remembrance of all those who died in accidents. The weather played with us all day long for there was a mixture of sunshine, cloudy sky and rain throughout the day making the tracks for the riders very challenging. Seeing the condition of the tracks few back-off even before they started while the rest stood up to the challenge that beckoned their motocross spirit. The tracks showed no mercy to both men and machines and almost every rider had to kiss the earth and taste its dirt.
Altogether 19 xBhpians volunteered as Marshals for the Motocorss events to raise funds for the physically challenged people and to gain experience as Marshals. We definitely had a rough day yet fun moments pushing the bikes that were stuck in the one-foot depth mud, lifting both the riders and their machines throughout the day, giving directions and marking the tracks after every race categories. At many times endangering our very own life while performing the duties of Marshals in-between the maddening riders whose objectives were the titles, the trophies and the certificates besides the cash award!
In the beginning, I descended on the field with the motive of capturing some good pictures to share with the xBhp community members. However, after clicking few shots and being tempted by the action in the ground by the Marshals, I packed the camera, left it with Jetu and Conrad and joined the rest of the gangs in their muddy experiences with all the dirt that followed. The fun was to such an extent that my shoe got stuck twice in the muddy tracks while running to help a rider whose RX got stuck in the battleground. At the end of the day, the shoe looked like a "Mud-Burger" with its sole wide opened and finally had to dump away.
Thanks to all the members of the xBhp community for volunteering the event. Keep up the spirit of brotherhood, as a team, as a community. Cheers! Long live xBhp!
The list of Members who volunteered:
1. Zafir (Devilghost)
2. Brandon Kharkongor
3. Rupert Lyngdoh
4. Joseph Tlang
5. Raul Lama
6. Emmanuel Lamare
8. Sev Lyngdoh
12. Matthew Leong
14. Raj Chettri
15. Mani Ranhotra
16. Jean Daniel
17. Jeetu Daimary
18. Conrad Gurrung
19. Yanggal Tamang
Winners list will be updated shortly!
Quote from the Meghalaya Times daily:
North East Monsoon Motocross 2011
Written by the Editor Sunday, 26 June 2011 07:25
SHILLONG, June 25:
The zeal for bikes and bike races was brought alive this monsoon by Consistently Rising efficiently Serving Together (CREST). The organization organized a bike race entitled North East Monsoon Motocross 2011. The event was held at Mawpadang, Mawiong, today. Fifty-two (52) bikers from all over the North Eastern states took part in the event.
The dual mission of CREST this season was to spread awareness on road safety measures and to raise funds for differently able children through the event. An amount of Rs 15,000 was donated to Dwar Jingkeyrmen established in Dhankhati. N.E Techno, Valvoline Hotel Knight Inn, and CREST jointly donated the amount. Sajjad M Ail who received the amount on behalf of the organization was obliged and thanked CREST for the endeavour taken. He further added that this was the first time he attended such an event. The state needs more such efforts from the youth.
The race was divided into four categories namely expert, novice, four stroke, and beginners. The first prize was awarded to Anthony Lyngdoh from expert category. He received a cash amount of Rs 21,000.
Speaking on the occasion the general secretary of CREST Ravi Sharma said, “Roads can be safe if we are careful and drive safe”. This is a small effort taken by CREST to stop accidents in roads due to unsafe driving and spread awareness on road safety. A small token of money donated with the hope that it can bring back smiles in some faces.
Jaja (Yowanki Nongrum) in xBhp tshirt with the 2nd Prize Trophy in the Novice Category.
One mistake you are doomed to be last in the battle because the track will show you no mercy.
One of the Riders battling with the muddy tracks.