MTB Downhill makes its debut at the 13th South Asian Games 2019 – Nepal

By: Vinay Menon 13th South Asian Games rolled off in Kathmandu, Nepal from the 1st of December through 10th December 2019. Cross Country and Downhill Mountain biking made their first ever appearance at a South Asian Games. For the inaugural show, what could’ve been better than Nepal’s world class trails! The race track was created in Gokarna Sahid Smarak Park, Gokarna. Downhill course measured close to 1 km and the Cross-country trail came up to 4 km/lap. The downhill track was a short course of about a kilometer, but the…

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Poonam Rana Kholiya | Rider Interview

By: Vinay Menon. Relatively new to the sport, Poonam Rana Kholiya has made a name for herself by winning podium spots in most of the Cross Country races she’s raced in. Poonam is the current Indian National MTB Cross Country champion. Freeridermag caught up with the Uttarakhand native in this exclusive interview. Name: Poonam Rana Kholiya Age: 21 Hometown: Haldwani, Uttarakhand. Current bike: Trek Super Fly 6 FRMTB: How did you get into mountain biking? Poonam: In 2016 I started mountain biking, my first ride (expedition) was from Nabhidhang to…

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Apshai Niangti | Rider Interview

By: Vinay Menon Name: Apshai Niangti Age: 20 Nick name: Bhoi , Griff or Coach Location: Meghalaya, Shillong Current Bike: YT Capra CF 2017 Years Riding: 5 Years FRMTB: Apshai, how did you get into mountain biking? Apshai: Mountain biking for me started at a young age. It all started as a hobby with me and some of my friends just having fun in our free time. We would find ourselves some trails to ride and would actually do some “rad” stunts. We enjoyed doing jumps off footpaths and imagined…

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Ismamul Howk | Rider Interview

. By: Vinay Menon The new crop of downhill racers in India radiates potential to win international races. One such ripper is Ismamul Howk from Guwahati, Assam. We caught up with the soft spoken 23 year old lad who juggles between college lectures and winning races. Name: Ismamul Howk Age: 23 Nick name: Babu Hometown: Guwahati, Assam Current Bike: Giant reign 1.5GE Years Riding: 4 Current sponsors: Spoke Hub Cycling, Starkenn FRMTB: Ismamul, how did you get into mountain biking? Ismamul: It all started with racing my friends on a…

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Fresh new Dirt Pump Track near Mumbai – GHV Endeavor Trail

. Weather and the riding scene in Maharashtra, India are heating up right now. GHV Endeavor Trail, pump track is the newest addition to the growing number of well-designed pump tracks in India. Green Home Villas is ground zero to this new dirt pack. Only a few miles from Mumbai city, the GHV Endeavor Trail pump track will add more bike hours for the Mumbai and Pune riders. We caught up with Mohammad, the man behind GHV Endeavor Trail. Name: Mohammed Mursalin Akhtar Memon  \\  Age: 35 years Occupation: Ex-Banker and…

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Chris Davison’s tribute to Steve Smith #longlivechainsaw

by Malcolm McLaws Honored to have been involved in the production of this art piece of @steviesmithdh by @chrisdavisonphotography for Stevie’s Mom, @s_tianna. Chris wanted to do a piece for Tianna. The next day he gets a request from Tianna for one of Stevie. This is when social media works in a good way. Chris sends out a photo request to @maddogboris, @svenmartinphotoand myself. I sent Chris a shot of Stevie from racing A-line @crankworx. This is the amazing result! After doing the Steve Peat art print last week I went to bed thinking I must see if…

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Video: 20 Questions with NICO VINK | Loose Riders TV

Rider interview with freeride superhero Nico Vink.  Thomas Sandell sat down with Vink during Darkfest 2019 and made him answer some questions. Find out how Nico got into mountain biking, how he deals with fear and what motivates him to keep pushing himself and the sport forward. Some other topics being discussed: Fest Series, healthy food, fear of heights and aliens… Sit down, grab a beer/snack and get to know the living legend himself.  Video by Thomas Sandell https://www.sandellfilms.com https://www.instagram.com/sandellfilms_   Follow em on social media for more daily…

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Pranita Soman | Rider Interview

. Photos: Giant Starkenn India, Kimaya Morye   Pranita Soman from Maharashtra, India is the youngest woman to win the Indian National MTB XC Championship elite title in 2017. She grabbed a gold in the Junior category as well, the same week! Following up with more podium finishes at the 2018 XC Nationals in juniors and elites. Pranita is not all trail and dirt, she’s an elite road cyclist too. Freeridermag caught up with Pranita to know more about her cycling journey. Hometown: Sangamner, Dist – Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India Discipline:…

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Drop the Guns and Ride a Bike! Asghar Mehrzada – Drop and Ride | Afghanistan

Riding bikes and inspiring the youth, a group of young riders in Afghanistan is popularizing BMX/Mountain Biking and trials riding, against all odds. It’s not just the boys following their love for the sport, the girls are powering through the barricades as well! Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine brings you this exclusive feature from Kabul, Afghanistan! Meet Asghar Mehrzada, 21, the founder and Leader of Drop and Ride. Started riding bikes when he was 12 years old and has been focusing on BMX, MTB and trials since 2015, eventually starting the Drop…

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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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