4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017

India witnessed the fourth edition of the wicked Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival in Manali, where mountain bikers from all around the world ride and race together for 1 week in the holiday season of the beautiful Himalayan town ‘Manali’, aka “The Mountain Biking Capital of India”. Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival which is organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network hosted a BMX Jam session, flagging off the week’s two wheeled festivities. The weekend included, India’s roughest Downhill Mountain Bike Race and a challenging 2-day Cross Country MTB stage race. The concept behind…

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BC Bike Ride: Smithers and Terrace

Leaving Burns Lake behind and heading further north to Smithers and Terrace, we were grateful to camp and ride on the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en and the Tsimshian Nations.   Our caravan arrived at the exhibition grounds along the Bulkley River in Smithers on Wednesday in time for a full day of exploring. The community of Smithers celebrated it’s centennial in 2013. Originally founded at the turn of the century as a divisional point on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the town has become a thriving mecca for outdoor…

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Pyrenees Catalunya, Mountain biking height

“Without doubt the Pyrenees of Catalonia are a jewel we have in the national geography, if we had to qualify them in some serious way as the gem of incalculable value. Landscapes of film, water, vegetation, gastronomy, activities, good weather and of course: mountain bike of the highest quality ” David Cachón 8 are the BTT centers of which they have in the Catalan Pyrenees: Vall d’Aran – Betren, Solsonés – Vall de Lord, Salines – Bassegoda, Pallar Jussá, La Seu – Alt Urgell, Ripolles, Berguedá and Valls d’Aneu. We can…

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Video: Spiti Awakening

Tucked away from civilization, hidden from the bipeds, rests a surreal mountain scape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh – Spiti. At an altitude of about 4500m, Spiti has many unexplored riding zones. The past couple of years I’ve been wandering in this region, looking for trails and cliffs to ride off of and have started to see more in each visit. Having dug out some trails with ace trail creator Steve Storey a few seasons ago, my visit this time was circled up. Joined by my team buddy…

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High in Nepal

Filmer Gary Thomas and Rider Tangi Rebours have made seven mountain bike films in Nepal now. They thought the time was right to put together a highlights edit – and there’s been a lot of them. It all started seven years ago with a broken wrist and a tiny cam-corder. You can’t ride, why don’t we make a little mountain film?! There’s been a few tears, a lot of laughs, high altitude sickness for some, and low altitude problems for others. They have explored many different areas of Nepal from high to…

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Why Mountain Biking?

Why Mountain Biking? Psychologists have studied the rationale for mountain biking – mountain bikers speculate about it – ordinary mortals shake their heads in dismay over it. There is an ambivalence to this sport. There are no scores or points when you ride free on your mountain bike, but the beauty of movement gives a self-assurance that is better than winning a race. It is a sport that brings escape from the care and tensions of daily life. Mountain Biking brings an awareness of the grandeur of the nature; an…

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The Yearning for Flow

It’s about this time of year when the focus shifts from winter to spring and the longing for early sunrises, warm rays of sunshine and the pleasure of that flowy feeling on two-wheels just gets a grip of us. Mountain bikers still have to wait until June 2, when Bikepark Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis kicks off the new biking season and the Waldbahn starts to take visitors and their bikes from all over the world up the mountain. But, why not start daydreaming about the sound of rubber on dirt and that unique…

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Claudio Caluori on India’s first Asphalt Pumptrack

The City of Nawabs – Hyderabad. Well known for its Hyderabadi Biryani and the Char Minaar, the city in Telangana, India was abuzz with the news of Claudio Caluori getting his hands dirty, constructing India’s first asphalt pumptrack. Wallride Park is a brainchild of 23yr old BMXer Hamza Khan. Seeing the thirst in Indian cyclists and skateboarders for “THE” spot, Hamza came up with this idea. Teaming up with the best in the world was the only way forward. World renowned pumptrack creators – Velosolutions was signed. The park is built…

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Top 10 from 2016

We are ready to say goodbye to the grim 2016. But take a look at the selected Top 10 stories that you clicked on the most in 2016.   #10: Tito Tomasi | Nepal Solo A French mountain explorer Tito Tomasi films his solo trip through Nepal.   #9: Once Upon a Time – Chandigarh Dirt Fest 2010 A dirt jump park designed and created with passion and hopes that was dozed off by land owners. #8: The Downhill Disco Rider/Trail Correspondent Ajay Padval showing his moves on the trails of Pune.…

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Tenerife: The shadow of the volcano

This adventure begins in the Teide, the highest peak in Spain and the third largest volcano on earth from its base on the ocean floor. When you are looking for new biking adventures sometimes all you want is that the sun caresses your leathery face. This time the fervent pursuit of hot sun took us to the Canary Island of Tenerife. A truly earthly paradise where winter and summer almost shake hands. When the sun was already reflected in our faces and everything seemed to flow with an island tranquility, suddenly, a…

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