Indian Army officer, Lt Col Bharat Pannu has secured the 3rd position on the leaderboard at the first edition of the Virtual Race Across America(VRAAM) 2020. Pannu became the first-ever Indian to secure a podium position in the international ultra-cycling race. He finished with a total distance of 4086 km in 12 days and a total elevation gain of 71,000 meters in a stationary bicycle in Pimple Nilakh, Pune. Around 22 cyclists participated in the VRAAM 2020.
In cycling circles, RAAM is considered to be one of the toughest races. The coronavirus outbreak this year forced the organisers to hold it `virtually’, where cyclists from across the world competed against each other on indoor trainers.