Tons – The land of ancient trails.

Tons – The land of ancient trails. By: Vineet Sharma Location: Tons, Uttarakhan – INDIA Also featured in Issue #10 | July 2012 After returning from the hot region of Southern India, it was time to hit the Himalayan region of ‘Uttarakhand’ for more mountain biking and to teach basics of mountain biking to the school kids from various parts of the country. Our camp was located in Mora village next to the Tons River, also known as Tons Valley, which is one of the major destinations for water based…

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Riding free in Pindari

By: Michael McLean Location: Pindari, Uttarakhand – INDIA *Also featured in Issue #10 | July 2012 4.30 a.m. The sun is an hour away from lighting the sky and in this country of early risers we are surprised to be the first on the road. We cycle in silence, three mountain bikers climbing gently in the cool pre dawn air to the village of Song and the trails to Kaphne and Pindari Glacier. With work commitments and late snowfalls delaying the start date we are full of enthusiasm (even at 4.30 a.m) hoping that…

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Uroli Undiscovered

Uroli Undiscovered By: Vaibhav Nijhowne Location: Uroli, Uttarakhand – INDIA Also featured in Issue #10 | July 2012 My destination this summer was Uroli, a village located in the Ranikhet Tehsil of Almora district. A mere 25 kms from Ranikhet, this village is set in the midst of thick pine jungle. But it also has a variety of fruit orchards like plum, pear, peach, walnut, apricot, apple etc. I had the opportunity to spend an entire month in a campsite just below the Uroli village, busy teaching children mountain biking…

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Meadow of Flowers

Meadow of Flowers By: James Frampton Location: Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir – INDIA Also featured in Issue #9 | May 2012 Gulmarg is a small ski resort sitting close to the Indian/ Pakistani border, 10km from the line of control. Iv been visiting the resort in winters for years to snowboard the powder. I became increasingly keen to see what it had to offer in summer times too. I dreamed about riding the mountain on two wheels, and in summer 2011 this became a reality. Myself, my wife, and my Commencal Supreme traveled…

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Turahalli – yesterday, today & tomorrow

Turahalli – yesterday, today and tomorrow By: Rahul Thomas Location: Turahalli, Bangalore – INDIA Also featured in Issue#9 | May 2012 Stand up on the pedals and feel the rush as you roll six-and-a-half feet down the rock and lean into a long left-handed curve. You want to crank harder but the dry, dusty track has you wary as you stick the left leg out for balance. Switchback left and head straight for the crack in the rocks. Just as you squeeze through, you realise you’re going too fast. Your…

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Coffee and Trails

Coffee and Trails By: Vineet Sharma Location: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu – INDIA Also featured in Issue #9 | May 2012 Summer – Time to teach mountain biking to school kids who have never experienced this sport before. I have travelled to many places in India for this work and I love it as it helps me to check out this wonderful country more and meet wonderful people. This summer I got a chance to check out a small hill station “Yercaud” in the Southern India state Tamil Nadu. Before leaving…

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Downhill in Paradise

Downhill in Paradise By: Nico Plattner Location: Lenzerheide – SWITZERLAND Also featured in Issue #5 | Sept 2011 The holiday region Lenzerheide is essentially designed for winter tourism. In winter there are fantastic snow covered mountains which have hundreds of Km of splendid Piste. A few years back Red Bull Bike Attack came to Lenzerheide during summertime and naturally the younger generation’s interest in Downhill and freeride arose through this event. This sport requires full body movement, as each body part needs to move in the twisting and winding trails. For company…

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The Ladakh files: September 2008

The Ladakh files: September 2008 By: Sahba Rowshan Location: Leh, Ladakh – INDIA Also featured in Issue #6 | November 2011 In September 2008, two friends; Dhruv and Sahba(me) headed out to Manali and Ladakh to find some new trails, our main plan was to ride down the four main passes on the Manali – Leh highway, which also happen to be some of the highest in the world, sounds simple right? This is a brief account of our rides. Our first stop was a small village called Jibhi, nestled…

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In search of the Holy Trail

In search of the Holy Trail By: Prateek Kumar Singh Location: Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand – INDIA Also featured in: Issue #4 | July 2011 My quest for the search of a trail began when I went to Uttarakhand after my exams ended and I took my bike with me. Staying at my cousin’s place in Dehradun I used to ride daily about 40-60kms just exploring the Siwalik hills and the Malsi ranges. Trips to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti were normal. But, looking at those hills, I wondered there have to be several…

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Riding Kerala

Riding Kerala By: Tangi Rebours Location: Munnar, Kerala – INDIA Also featured in Issue #2 | March 2011   I am planning to leave Nepal in 2 days for a break and I still don’t know for where. A girl I met from Korea is waiting, but the appeal of my bike looks stronger. So I am confused wondering what to do and where to go? I thought about Mike, a friend of mine who runs a mountain bike trekking company in Kerala (Southern India). A quick phone call: “Hello…

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