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21-year-old clinches 3rd title in uphill cycling race

2010/09/05 22:20

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Lin Huan-tze won an annual mountain uphillcycling race along the Puli and Hohuan highways in central Taiwan fora third straight year Sunday, in record time of 2 hours 55 minutes 2seconds, organizers said.

The 21-year-old broke his 2009 record, shaving 5 minutes 20seconds off his time in last year's race. When he took part in the"Challenge the Ultimate -Wuling Cycling Race" for the first time in2008, he won the title by crossing the finish line in 2 hours 56minutes 7 seconds.

Now in its fourth year, the 55-km cycling race started from theTaiwan Geographical Center Monument in Puli, Nantou County and endedat Wuling on Mount Hohuan at an elevation of 3,275 meters. The race,jointly sponsored by the Nantou County Government and the TaipeiCycling Association, kicked off at 5 a.m.

The race took training, experience, resolve and stamina tocomplete as it traveled an uphill route, organizers said.

This year's event drew the participation of 5,725 cyclingenthusiasts from home and abroad, organizers said, adding thatforeign participants hailed from 15 countries, including Japan,China, Thailand, the United States and Canada.

The top winner in the female category was Cheng Shih-hsuan, in atime of three hours 46 minutes 3 seconds.

(By Lin Heng-li and Sofia Wu)enditem