The biggest indigenous festival of India, Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland now has a new age sport in the mix, Mountain Biking. For the 3rd year, Native Station put together a downhill race for the knobby tired youth!
This year’s race was supported by Nagaland Tourism Department and the prizes by Giant Starkenn bikes. The event saw around 35 riders hailing from different parts of India and even from Nepal & Britain. The race blazed on in a quite village of Phesama located at a distance of 8km’s from Kohima (Capital of Nagaland).
Photo: Mhonjan Lotha
Pre race jitters? \\ Photo: Mhonjan Lotha
Rider briefing. \\ Photo: Gregory Warjri
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Event Organizer Yanpvuo Kikon \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Some of Shillong’s best riders belted it on their hardtails! Ismamul Howk sticking to his lines. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Spot the landing! \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Shillong’s Apshai Niangti blurring off on his hardtail. \\ Photo: Gregory Warjri.
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Girl Power! \\ Photo: Gregory Warjri.
Manali’s mountian star, Raj Kaushal pedaling hard on the new track in Kohima. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
You don’t get a speeding ticket in the forest! Coming through, a local racer holding on! \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Big shout out to the two women who stepped on the start line at the 3rd KOHIMA DH 2016 – Jordi Basu and Lunili Awomi \\ Photo: Gregory Warjri.
Ian Kupar Diengdoh from Shillong extending mid flight. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Cheyann Nongrum from Shillong keeping pace through the enduro style course. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Best shuttle truck in India! \\ Photo: Mhonjan Lotha
Our trail correspondent, Ajay Padval on his way to a 4th place finish in the “Seniors Category”.
Maharashtra’s Gautam Taode blazed his way to a 3rd place in spite of a crash in Finals. \\ Photo: Mhonjan Lotha
Pune’s Gautam Taode had a spill in his final run but still managed to grab the podium. 3rd Place finish for GT. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Nepal’s Shakar Yakthumba, is a seasoned racer from Kathmandu. On his enduro rig, to a 2nd place finish. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Suman Tamang is one of Nepal’s fastest racers. He came to Kohima with one plan, to Win! And win he did. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography
Style for the Win! Suman tweaking it to the top spot of the podium. \\ Lichan Humtsoe Photography RESULTS
1st Prize – Suman Tamang – S.T. (Team Gnarly, Katmandu, Nepal)
2nd Prize – Shakar Yakthumba (Gyanodaya team, Katmandu, Nepal)
3rd Prize – Gautam Taode (Giant Factory Off-Road Team, Freerider MTB Mag, Pune, Maharashtra)
1st Prize – Jordi Basu, Nagaland
2nd Prize – Lunili Awomi (Team Native Station, Nagaland)
1st Prize – Meguo Leo NB Metz Benny Metha, (Team Native Station, Nagaland)
2nd Prize – Apshai Griffith Niangti (Shillong Downhill Race Team, Meghalaya)
3rd Prize – Ronan Bazeley (Shillong Downhill Race Team, TribeFiction Apparel, Meghalaya)