Tharun Shiv | Rider Interview

Trials riding is one of mountain biking’s most technical forms of riding. Fact is, trials riding is older than downhill. Being a UCI accepted discipline, trials riding has seen world championships for more than 30 years! Downhill world champs started years after! Trials masters like Hans Rey, Libor Karas, Ryan Leech, Jeff Lenosky, Von Williams to name a few put this style of riding on the screens over time. The youtube generation of riders now have uber creative riders like Danny Mcaskill and Fabio Wibmer for inspiration. Their creative filmmaking…

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Video: Hard-Trails – Shillong & Nagaland, India

. Hard-Trails follows the story of Ian Kupar Diengdoh, a 3rd year BBA student of St. Anthony’s College, Shillong as he explores his passion for mountain biking in the beautiful hill state of Meghalaya, Shillong. Follow his journey as he travels and competes in the Hornbill Mountain Biking Festival- Kohima Downhill 2016.  This was made as our final college film/project for the department of Mass Communication and Video Productions, St. Anthony’s College – Shillong – Josiah Kharsyntiew SPECIAL THANKS TO Ian Kupar Diengdoh ( who so patiently worked together with…

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Video: Momentum – Ladakh, India

The Higher the altitude, higher the fun! Stands true to the Ladakh region of India. The Unxplored Ladakh crew is always looking for an adventure in their backyard. Sure, with a backyard like theirs, they don’t need to go far! Here’s Skaldan Urgyan, Gyatso Rangjung, Tenzin Jampel, Stanzin, Vinay Menon searching for play zones!  Video: Blackfurst Media   .

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Video: Hipti singletrack – Ladakh, India

. Ladakh’s magnificent mountains keep surprising us every time. Here are our buddies from Unexplored Ladakh out for a spin on the Hipti singletrack! View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ㄒ卄丨几ㄥ乇丂 (@blackfurst) on Apr 30, 2020 at 10:59am PDT Video: Blackfurst Media   .

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Event Report | 16th Indian National MTB Championship 2020 – Downhill

2020, downhill mountain biking has officially been included in the Indian National Mountain Bike Championship by the Cycling Federation of India. After years of contemplating, the CFI agreed to flag off the DH Nationals. Previously in 2017 and 2018, Downhill was introduced at the National MTB Championship in its demo status. This year it has officially been included in the Nationals. What better location than the mountains of Uttarakhand for some scenic and flowy riding. Surya Village, Haldwani was the action zone for cross country and downhill fight. To build…

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Event Report: Temghar MTB Challenge 2020

Organized by Backpack Outdoors and Rolling Academy at Camp Hideout, Temghar Dam Backwaters near Lavasa City, over 40 riders from Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Nashik and Hyderabad joined in for the 2nd edition of Temghar MTB Challenge 2020. The races included a 30km cross country competition and a Downhill time trials. High energy of riders and visitors at the Temghar MTB Challenge 2020 is a great start to this year’s mountain biking festivities of India.  Vitthal Bhosale, the current Maharashtra state cross country champion took the win in XCO (30…

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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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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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