Shimla : World number Luis Leao Pinto of Portugal won the 9 MTB Himalaya cycle rally in style Thursday as the six day gruelling race came to an end in this popular resort town of Himachal Pradesh Thursday .
This year’s race is being described as the toughest in its nine year history due to the changed route and daily rain and thunderstorms which pounded the bikers .
In the overall standings , Pinto came first followed by Purna Bahadur Pradhan and Surendra Singh .
In the open men solo Pinto stood first with a timing of 17:33:21 , Pradhan second with 21:27:27 . Surender Singh came third .
In the open women section Laxmi Magar , Sowmya Urs and Shital Chavan .
In the masters solo Van Belle Jean Louis , Michael Mclean and Luis Canto Moniz .