Karnataka’s heart, Bengaluru city always stands out for its vibrant specs. Not a surprise, one of the raddest mountain bike events of India rolls here! Come winter and the Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 beeped up on the “Must attend” chart for top mountain bikers from India and Nepal. A three wing event, BMF 2.0 2017 included Trail Running, Cross Country Mountain Biking and the most anticipated – Downhill Mountain Biking.
Located on the outskirts of Bengaluru town, Avathi Hills blew up with the elite Downhillers of the country. Joining the lineup this year were Nepal’s National Champs, Rajesh Magar, Suman Tamang along with Spundon Lama. With a varied crew of competitors, the BMF 2017 changed the game for many!
On the rocks and down the boulders, the Avathi Hills course for 2017 was full of surprises. Ladder bridges, doubles and blind drops added to the fun. The 1200 Meters track was unlike any other DH race course in India or Nepal.
Shillong local, Gregory Allya Warjri won a contest by Psynyde Bikes where he won himself a brand new AM hardtail along with an entry at the BMF 2.0 2017. Not wasting time getting used to the new ride, Greg rocketed off the boulders and drops like a ripper he is!
18 year old Anissa Lamare traveled all the way from Shillong, Meghalaya to compete at the BMF 2017. The only female downhill racer at the event Anissa is a serious competitor. Racing in the Men’s Category, no fuss, no talk, #thisgirl surprised everyone with her strong riding style.
Gautam has won on the Avathi Hills course before. But the BMF 2.0 2017 didn’t go very well for the king of mountain parties. Going off course on the top half of the hill cost him heavy seconds. Missing out on the top 5 spots this time.
Pune’s Piyush Chavan is a podium regular at DH races in India. One of India’s fastest Downhill racers, Piyush faced a technical issue with his bike giving him a Final run time to land a 5th spot.
Pune’s newest gang of downhill racers includes Rugved Thite. A new name on the race circuit in India, Rugved clocked the 4th fastest timing of the day. Surprising many!
May it be an XC race, Enduro or Downhill Pune’s Ajay Padval chases podiums. Not to be left off at the BMF 2.0 2017, Padval managed a striking race run landing a 3rd spot on the podium.
Indian National MX Champ Harith Noah took to DH racing a year ago. With his moto skills and booster speed, Harith clocked the 2nd fastest time of the day.
When Nepal’s National DH Champion Rajesh Magar races, he pounds the course! With no errors or extra crank ins, the winning run was 1:31:51. The naturally skilled racer, RJ clocked the fastest run of the weekend making him the BMF 2.0 2017 Downhill Champion.