Only after days the 2016 Raid De Himalaya kick started, the event has been called off after a very disheartening incident. This year's race claimed the life of a 49-year old rider, Subhamoy Paul.
Paul, a native of Kolkata was taking part in the Xtreme category aboard his KTM EXC 500, when he met with a crash on one of the sections and passed away. Paul had competed in multiple Raids in the past.
The accident took place on day 3 of the 2016 Raid De Himalaya, near Chhatru, on the Losar to Gramphoo stage, which takes the riders over the famous Kunzum-La. According to reports, Paul had apparently lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in a rocky section, where he died on the spot.
The first response team arrived and noticed that Paul suffered severe head injuries. They were not able to regain his pulse, and was airlifted to a hospital in Manali.
The seasoned off-road racer lived in Romania during the last six months, where he had been practicing and improving his Enduro riding skills. Paul was said to have been in a very good physical state compared to his earlier races.
The Raid De Himalaya is considered one of the most dangerous motor sports, as it involves riders to tackle tricky routes in the mighty Himalayas. The 2016 Edition kick started in Manali on Sunday.