Slade Gomes | Rider Interview

Name: Slade Gomes Age: 21 Mountain biking since: 2015 Profession: Engineering Student Hometown: Mumbai, India Current Location: Pune, India Current Bike: Lapierre Zesty AM 327 650B (2015) Current Sponsors: Parents FRM: How would you describe yourself? Slade: I am the one who has a split personality or I should say , split lifestyle. I spend one half of the day working hard at class and studying my engineering stuff at college like a studious kid While I spend the other half of the day shredding hard on the trails riding downhill…

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Making country proud – Rinku Thakur

The best and youngest mountain biking weapon of India “Rinku Thakur” has seen enough podiums already and his journey has just started. Currently standing #1 in Asian Enduro Series ranking (Junior Category) Rinku has been regularly making his hometown and country proud. Know more about young lad Rinku in this exclusive interview by Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine. Rinku Thakur Hometown: Manali Current Bike: Yeti SB6 Years Riding: Riding fulltime since 2013 Current sponsors: Himalayan Mountain Bike Network FR MTB: How did you get into mountain biking? RINKU: I started my…

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Goldstones Talk Airbags, Schnitzel and Rookie Fun

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria, June 26,2018 – In a few weeks time, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will be taken over by mountain bike rookies, with a full week of shredding ahead of them. The MTB-Festival Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will be welcoming hundreds of young rippers and their families to the three Tyrolean villages in Austria from July 30 to August 5. One of them will be 14-year-old mountain bike prodigy Jackson Goldstone, who will be returning with his dad Ron to improve his skills during the “Rookie Camp”, race during the “Kona Rookie Games” and have a boatload of fun.…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Finn Iles on journey from ski slope to MTB

Young Canadian hungry to make his mark on the senior circuit after stunning rise. Finn Iles catapulted himself into the men’s downhill elite with a superb 2017 junior season where he won six out of seven UCI Mountain Bike World Cup races. The Canadian, who rides with Loic Bruni on the Specialized Gravity Team, is now pushing hard to move up the senior rankings. Here, the 18-year-old explains his life on the tour and his switch from skiing to MTB: How has the 2018 season been so far for you?…

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Rewind: Mission impossible made possible

The MTB rider, who hit a top speed of 167.6km/h in Chile in December 2016 to break the speed record for a standard mountain bike, returned to his daredevil ways to clock 106km/h on the notorious Hahnenkamm downhill course in his native Austria. Once again, the 43-year-old stressed it was on a fairly standard bike, although his choice of courses are far from regular. “My goal is to do everything with a regular bike that everybody can buy,” he explained after his latest stunt. “It is a pure way of riding. It is not…

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Gitesh Gupta | Photographer interview

Himalayan state Himachal Pradesh has introduced some of the most talented and hardcore mountain bikers in India. You may have seen a lot of  mountain biking action beautifully documented  from the recent Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival and many other events and wondered, who is the man behind the lens? Meet Gitesh Gupta, well known as Luke CG whose skills are not limited to action sports photography. Get to know more about him in this exclusive interview. FR MTB MAG: A little introduction about yourself. Luke: Hello I am Gitesh Gupta (also…

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Resolutions: Partners in Grime – Quinn Moberg

Quinn Moberg Interview by Mike Berard MB: Do you remember the first time you met Felix? QM: It was around 2012 and we were at a Cycling BC team camp together. It was right before he moved to Quebec and he actually stayed at my house. And we weren’t friends, I had never met him. MB: And so you were both at a high level at that time? QM: For our age, yeah. We weren’t phenomes by any means. MB: You’re grinders? QM: Yeah, closer to that end of the…

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Resolutions: Partners in Grime – Felix Burke

For many, completing post-secondary schooling is a difficult task. For others, training and racing for Canada’s grueling weather is overwhelming. But what about doing both? Victoria, B.C. racers and roommates Felix Burke and Quinn Moberg manage to tackle an ambitious lifestyle consisting of equal parts education and maintenance of a competitive national ranking on Canada’s XC racing circuit. So, what does it take to race hard plus earn an Economics or Kinesiology degree in the off season? Teamwork and resilience. The Rocky Mountain/7Mesh riders know that success means more than…

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Abhijeet Singh | Rider Interview

Name: Abhijeet Kumar Singh Age: 23 Home Town: Patna Years Riding: 6 Current Bike: Commencal Ramones cr Competitions/Contests Entered: Runner Up of MTB-STUNT-NET-CHAMPIONSHIP Mtb Grand Prix 2017  – 4th Mtb Online Stunt Championship  – 10th Mtb Online Championship  India  – 4th Mtb National 2016 Kerala Mtb  National 2015 Giant Starkenn Championship FRMTB: How did Bicycle stunt/freestyle start for you? A : When I was in the 10th grade in school, I started riding. My dad gifted me a cell phone and I started watching videos on YouTube. I was surprised to…

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Bike-Season with the GraVity Card

Thousands of kilometers of trails, six countries and a ton of bike action – thanks to the GraVity Card, the season pass of Europe’s unique bike park union, riders can make the most of the bike season. Ideal for those who don’t want to be confined to just one place, it only takes a few days of park riding for the card to pay off. Katrin (27), Jan (26), Anna (31) and Theresa (28) and Matthias (30) are five of the thousands of users of the ‘bike park flat rate’.…

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