The biggest and baddest mountain bike show of India wrapped up on 29th May in Manali – The Mountain Biking Capital of India.
The 3rd Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival which expanded to 3 epic events saw great participation and action and here is the report.
The 3rd Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival (2016 – Manali) finished in Manali which is also known as the “Mountain Biking Capital of India”. The festival kicked off with Himalayan BMX Comp on 26th May 2016 in the main town where the immense crowd witnessed BMX for the first time in this region.
The Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Manali, Mrs. Jyoti Rana inaugurated the festival and was thrilled to see extreme athletes in this town. The audience was equally excited.
Himalayan BMX Comp showcased top BMX athletes from various places in India. Riders from Chandigarh, Bombay and Bangalore participated in this first ever BMX event in the region.
Open for all – Himalayan BMX Comp featured Street Best Trick contest, Highest Bunny Hop contest, Flatland Contest and post event jam in association with SharpTune who are India’s leading freestyle BMX team from Bombay, Maharashtra.
Winners of Himalayan BMX Comp
1st – Dhroov Rajpal from Mascot BMX Bombay.
2nd – Hasmukh Parmar from Team SharpTune Bombay.
3rd – Sanjay Rajpurohit from Mascot BMX Bombay.
The riders were presented cash prizes and goodies by the Organizers and Sponsors from Firefox Bikes, Trek Bikes, Haul Apparel and SharpTune.
The second day of the 3rd Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival was scheduled for the 6th edition of Himalayan Trails n Dust Mountain Bike Challenge which is the most wanted mountain bike race of this region and has caught attention of the riders all around the country.
Himalayan Trails n Dust Mountain Bike Challenge is the only mountain bike race of India which offers supreme quality singletracks, technical sections along with demanding climbs and descents that test the riders and their equipment.
The 6th year of Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge witnessed 25 riders from various places of India. The race was flagged-off from Bhuntar (Kullu) and went through the pristine forests of Kaisdhaar with a 16Km of descend to the finish line in Mohal (Kullu).
Only the best could win this soul breaking mountain bike race.
Winners of 6th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge
1st – Devender Thakur from Chamba.
2nd – Sandeep Madaan from Chandigarh.
3rd – Rohit Thakur from Manali.
The 3rd day of the Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival started the main highlight event: Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy. This is the only professional downhill mountain bike race of India which is organized in a world class location at Ski Himalayas – Solang Ropeway & Ski Centre in Solang Valley which is located 12Km from Manali.
Ski Himalayas is equipped with the latest state of the art gondola by Poma (France) which is used to shuttle the downhill mountain bikes to Mt. Phatru which is the start point of the race at 3200m Altitude.
The seeding run started with a big crowd who were stoked to see what all can be done on a mountain bike. 16 gravity loving mountain bikers who were divided into Novice and Expert category reported to the 3rd edition of Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy.
Raj Kaushal (Novice Category) from Manali and Suman Tamang (Expert Category) from Nepal clocked the fastest time in the seeding run which had to be continued in rain. Luckily the track was not as ruthless like last year and all the riders managed to complete the run without any issues.
The day ended with a big train ride to Manali from Solang Valley. Riders crossed the surrounding villages of Manali which are packed with epic gravity assisted trails that riders dream of.
The 4th and final day of the 3rd Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival was scheduled for Final Run of the 3rd edition of Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy. The track conditions were A+ and the rain God’s showed their mercy on this day.
The final run saw a major improvement and crazy timings ever recorded. This year the competition was fierce as riders were finishing the run in 1 to 2 seconds gap. Suman Tamang from Nepal had an unfortunate crash due to cattle that came in the track during his final run.
He was given a re-run in which he clocked a mental timing of 3min 50sec followed by Piyush Chavan from Pune, India who finished the run in 3min 55 sec and Gautam Taode from Pune, India crossed the line with 1 second gap and recorded 3min 56sec.
Winners of 3rd Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy (EXPERT CATEGORY)
1st – Suman Tamang from Kathmandu, Nepal – 00:03:50:97
2nd – Piyush Chavan from Pune, India – 00:03:55:92
3rd – Gautam Taode from Pune, India – 00:03:56:79
Winners of 3rd Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy (NOVICE CATEGORY)
1st – Raj Kaushal from Manali, India – 00:04:22:49
2nd – Cheyann Nangrum from Shillong, India – 00:04:44:81
3rd – Rinku Thakur from Manali, India – 00:05:30:27
The prize and closing ceremony was held in evening in presence of Mr. Amitabh Sharma, Managing Director of Ski Himalayas – Solang Ropeway & Ski Centre who is a great supporter of sports and environment friendly activities. He handed the trophies and cash prizes sponsored by Haul Apparel India.
The Basic Concept of Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival:
First of its kind mountain biking festival in India, where mountain bikers from all around the world ride and party together for 4 days in the summer holiday season. Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival consists of three challenging mountain bike races in Kullu, Manali and Solang Valley.
The organizers Vineet Sharma, Naveen Barongpa and Anil Kumar from Himalayan Mountain Bike Network are top mountain bike professionals of India who are dedicated to develop the sport of mountain biking in Kullu and Manali by organizing adventure events like professional mountain bike races and camps for children and adults of all age and abilities. The team members of Himalayan Mountain Bike Network are always trying and working on new concepts which benefit the sports and environment of the beautiful Himalayan town Manali.
Professionally organized mountain biking events like the Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival without any doubt contribute to the economic and social well-being of a city and often enhance the environmental values of the area.
The well experienced team with the help of Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival has also given exposure to local riders and enthusiasts to interact with experienced and professional athletes. This opportunity has also helped Himachal Pradesh to produce strong riders who can compete and represent our State/Country in various mountain bike races that are organized worldwide.
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