Video: Valley play in Mechuka – Arunachal Pradesh, India

. Words: Vinay Menon \\ Photos: Cephas Joseph, Vinay Menon, AMBIA Temperatures nearing minus five after dark, Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, India is a hidden gem of a place. Located at 6000ft above sea level, the Mechuka Valley shares its northern border with China. Having an Indian Air Force air strip as well, this sleepy remote town stores epic hillscapes and beautiful views. Visiting Mechuka came about as I was attending the Mechuka Adventure Festival ‘s Downhill Mountain Bike race, organized by AMBIA. Joining me on this trip, my buddy,…

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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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15th Indian National MTB Championship 2018 | XC – Mass Start

. The 15th National Mountain Bike Championship 2018 conducted by the Cycling Federation of India saw a refreshing new course for the Cross Country discipline, with tech climbs and steep singletrack descents. Not the usual XC course you’d see at the Indian Nationals, the 2018 trail was demanding as well as rewarding, with it’s flow and gradients, said some of the racers. The Giant Starkenn team did an excellent job of putting together a challenging XC track, which surely filtered on the best XC racers of the country. Here’s some action from the Mass-start…

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Product Feature – DC Court Graffik Shoes

Having a good grip on the pedals is essential. Skate shoes are always spot on, in combination with good platform pedals. There are a number of options out there in the market these days, available in all sorts of designs and prices. DC shoes have been around for a while and are now available in India through TATA CLiQ and Reliance Brands. We recently got our feet into the new Court Graffik pair of sneakers. These BMX/Skate shoes are good enough for dirt play too! Sole Though it’s not typically…

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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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3rd Kohima DH 2016

The biggest indigenous festival of India, Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland now has a new age sport in the mix, Mountain Biking. For the 3rd year, Native Station put together a downhill race for the knobby tired youth! This year’s race was supported by Nagaland Tourism Department and the prizes by Giant Starkenn bikes. The event saw around 35 riders hailing from different parts of India and even from Nepal & Britain. The race blazed on in a quite village of Phesama located at a distance of 8km’s from Kohima…

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Fourteen Inset

A new season has begun with a bright ray of action. The Pune crew got in 2014, airborne. Dighi, our primary hill for flight lift offs saw new features in the dig. Our old trail needed fun boosters to get in some funky times. Heres an account of what the first quarter of 2014 looked like. Part I: What better way to step into a new year than some good ol cliff hucking! With busy shovel hours, our crew of Cephas Joseph, Piyush Chavan and myself got a new road…

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