Sakakibara aims for BMX dominance like Pajón

Australian fifth behind Swiss winner at Red Bull Pump Track World Final. Saya Sakakibara believes that she can achieve the type of BMX dominance that Colombian Mariana Pajón has shown after she starred at the Red Bull Pump Track World Final in Arkansas. Here is all you need to know: – Sakakibara was born in Japan, but moved to Australia at the age of seven with brother Kai who has also gone on to become a professional BMX rider. – After winning national titles, 19-year-old Sakakibara cleaned up on the world junior circuit and moved up to elite level…

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Slopestyle Whiz Kid Erik Fedko Signs with rasoulution

There is one name within the German Slopestyle scene that you simply cannot ignore: Erik Fedko. Over the last three years, the 20-year-old has rapidly improved in his riding and has now made the decision to sign with Munich-based sports marketing agency rasoulution GmbH, run by former mountain bike pro-rider Tarek Rasouli. A few years ago, Erik Fedko was just another rider trying to make a name for himself within the Slopestyle scene. This changed when he started to rapidly improve his bike riding and over the last three years,…

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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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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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