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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Indian National XC/DH team selections for 13th South Asian Games 2019

The 13th South Asian Games 2019 is scheduled to take place from December 1st to 10th in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. Seven nations will be participating in the 13th SAG. Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India will fight it out for the top spots. For 2019, Indian Cross Country and Downhill MTB team will be entering the competition. This would be a first for the DH contingent from India. Selections for the same were conducted in Gahunje, Maharashtra. Near Pune, the XC and DH courses for this…

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Shirui Lily MTB Downhill 2019 – Manipur, India

Photos: Kahorpam Horam / Chiko Adventures Ukhrul, Manipur in India was the action ground for the 3rd SHIRUI LILY MTB DOWNHILL race earlier this October. Part of the SHIRUI LILY FESTIVAL 2019, the race was organised by Chiko Adventures and Manipur Extreme Sports (MXS). A 1.3km course with features like wooden berms, jumps with an extended steep loose descent was on offer for the racers. The track was one of the tougher ones in the country, requiring expert skills to tackle the high speed and tech descent. Organised in the SHIRUI LILY…

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Assam Downhill Championship 2019 – Assam, India

Guwahati’s Spokehub cycling organized the second ASSAM DOWNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 in the heart of Guwahati city in north-east India earlier this October. The “Monkey Temple Trail” saw over fifty five competitors lining up on the start arc for the Assam Downhill Championshoip 2.0. A 1km long course included wooden sections, berms, a few kickers and a big drop named ‘the nut cracker‘. ADC 2019 saw one of the highest numbers of participants compared to any other DH race in India.  Winners – Full suspension category: 1st- Ismamul Howk (Assam) 2nd…

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North Quest Challenge 2019

. High altitude mountain biking is a whole different wheel game. One of the highest altitude, accredited XCM races in the world – North Quest Challenge was back with its 3rd edition earlier this September in Leh, India. Some of the biggest names of Indian cross country racing were cranking it at the NQC at 3500mts for 2 days, fighting wind, climbs and the altitude! Organised by Wisdom Eventosport under the aegis of the Cycling Federation of India, North Quest Challenge included categories for all levels of riders. Elite men,…

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Video: Joris Coulomb | India sessions

. It’s no secret that BMX enables you to connect with people throughout the world who you’d never usually encounter, and that’s what this video is all about. We take a look at the Mumbai, India Locals who Joris Coulomb rides with whenever he visits the country. This is a testament to the fact that riding bikes with friends is fun wherever you go and can shape your life positively.  Film/Edit: Antoine Sabourin Joris is supported by Official DIG partners: https://theshadowconspiracy.com https://subrosabrand.com

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Video: Grand Himalayan Enduro 2019 – Highlights | Nepal

. Here’s all the action from GRAND HIMALAYAN ENDURO 2019 – Nepal Round 1 – Asian Enduro Series  (Enduro World Series Qualifier) The Grand Himalayan Enduro 2019 is presented by Gravity Nepal & organised by GNARLY.  Racing in Kathmandu’s eastern rim of Nagarkot with 8 stages from April 6th through April 7th 2019.  The Event was Brought to you by Arna, Powered by VEE Tire Co., Energy Partner: M150. Official Video Partner: http://ReFrame.Live Heli Rescue Partner: Airlife Rescue, Support: Freedom Adventures, Trail Team: Gurkha Warriors, Race Village: Hotel Country Villa,…

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Enduro Championship Bangladesh 2019

. Mountain Biking in Bangladesh is growing rapidly. As more Bangladeshi racers compete at the Asian Enduro Series every year, there has been a rise in the number of mountain biking events and further more, “Enduro” followers in the country. The recent ‘Enduro Championship Bangladesh 2019’ was a warmup for the local riders to get ready for the Asian Enduro Series 2019 season. Here’s some action from the Chittagong region in Bangladesh. Stage 1 – 1.2km – Higher dificulty level with steeps and sharp corners Stage 2 – 1km –…

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