Pedal junkies from all over India lined up for the Cross Country race starting at the Shathayu Yoga retreat facility, who were the venue partners for the 2018 BMF. Nearly 90 racers raced in the Elite (30km) and Amateur (20km) categories on a picturesque landscape of Avati. From local racers to riders from Himachal Pradesh and Australia, every racer cranked it for the title of Bangalore Mountain Festival 2018 XC Champion!
For 2018, Sunil wanted the course to be a bit tougher than last time, so we changed a few things and included a climb at the start and newer sections were created. After almost 12 days of work in the burning sun, no motor transport on the trails, carrying water and tools on the whole track, with the help from Balu, Sunil and team, our XC race track was ready for race day. – Siddalingeshwar \\ BMF 2018 Track Design Team
A new course was created for the downhill leg of the event. The short technical trail saw racers battling it out over jagged rocks, ladder bridges and the crowd favorite, road gap! Steep sections with sharp rocks all around, the 700mts sprint course was uber-fun for the competitors and spectators alike. With some of the fastest racers from India and Nepal in attendance, BMF ‘Balls of Steel’ Downhill race has stepped up the level of Indian DH mountain biking tracks with their built features.
The DH trail took 7 laborers, Yashas Shekar, Sunil Nanjappa and me, working for 6 days with 150ft of ladder bridge material, chainsaws and I had to manually nail all the bridges together! – Siddalingeshwar \\ BMF 2018 Track Design Team
This year’s BMF was dedicated to our fallen brother, Ajay Padval who left us in July last year. Our respect to his parents for attending the BMF and encouraging all the racers to keep following their passion.
We at Freeridermag are always happy to support talented riders like Rajesh who share the right vibes, on and off the track! Shout out to all the riders who contributed towards Rajesh Magar’s India visit – Karthik Gottumukkala, Christian Holm, Ritwik Burman, Ignatius Chen, Sunil Nanjappa and team FRMTB.
Freeridermag would like to THANK Sunil Nanjappa for all the hospitality and support!