Yak Ru Enduro 2017 | Day 2

Yak Ru Enduro Day Two | by Wilson Low __ The Yak Ru Enduro takes place in the Manang district of the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal. The 3-day, multi-stage enduro race format allows a truly immersive big-mountain race experience – unlike any other mountain bike event – in a beautiful location amongst some of the highest mountains on Earth. The event features race stages between 3300-4300m elevation on Himalayan alpine & forest singletrack – and includes a variety of steep, technical, flowy & loamy trails. SHIREE KHARKA – Participants in the…

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Yak Ru Enduro 2017 | Day 1

MANANG – A very special alpine enduro adventure kicked off for Yak Ru riders as they scaled their firsts liaison stage above Gangapurna glacial lake. At an altitude of 3800m and starting from a high point between some old village ruins and a chorten, the ‘Warm-up Stage’ was specially picked to allow riders a chance to savour the magnificent Himalayan scenery surrounding them. Loose, loamy conditions on the warm-up were just a precursor to the real test: Stage 1, the first timed stage. Dropping riders through tight, loose switchback turns…

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Atherton and Fayolle take glory

Reigning champion and Frenchman open UCI MTB World Cup season with wins. The opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lourdes was won in dramatic circumstances by home downhill hero Alexandre Fayolle as the defending women’s champion Rachel Atherton coasted to victory. Despite a dusting of snow at the start hut earlier in the week, things in France had stayed sunny and pleasant. The track, which had seen some minor changes from last year was running extremely fast and dusty, but Briton Atherton still had it all to…

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Snow Bike Festival 2017

The Snow Bike Festival is Europe’s “Winter Festival of Snow Biking”. The third edition of the innovative snow-bike event takes place at Gstaad, Switzerland: 4 days of thrilling snow-bike action. For the first time, the International Cycling Union UCI honours the race with a “Stage Race Class 2” accreditation. The Snow Bike Festival is the first ever UCI race on snow! The 4-day stage race comprises a prologue and 3 stages. The prologue was held as a short time trial race in the village centre of Gstaad. The first stage…

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Border Raid MTB 2016

The First Tsomgo Lake Mountain Bike Race. 27th September, 2016 was World Tourism Day. It was also a day which saw one of the most grueling Mountain Bike Cross Country Endurance events ever to take place in India. The Border Raid MTB organized by Hub Outdoor had riders climbing from 6,200 feet in Gangtok to 12,400 feet above sea level at Tsomgo Lake in a mere 32kms. That is some steep incline. 32 riders participated in this epic sufferfest of mammoth proportions and 30 of them finished the race within…

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PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC 2016

The third edition of PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC kicked off on Monday 12 September 2016 with the prologue in Zermatt. The first day’s champions in the men’s category was the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team I with Lukas Flückiger and Reto Indergand, who completed the 26 km track in the extremely fast time of 51:37 minutes. For the women, it was the Stöckli Pro Team with Jolanda Neff and Alessandra Keller who came out on top with a time of 1 hour and00:57 minutes. The prologue marks the beginning of the six-day…

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AES – Nepal 2016 | Stage 4,5,6,7

Friday, April 09, 2016 | Asian Enduro Series – Nepal | Stage 4,5,6 and 7 The Asian Enduro Series – Nepal chapter had a great response. The first enduro mountain bike race in the country exposed some fantastic trails of Nagarkot (Nepal) to the global mountain bike community. The second day some neat trails going through wicked forests and beautiful forests located in this area. The seven-stage race saw 53 riders from almost fifteen different countries take on the flowy wooded trails of Nagarkot. Orgranized by Gnarly, the event started with…

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Roku Utsugi – Exclusive interview

This 18 years old “Boy Wonder” from Kathmandu Nepal has caught attention of the entire town and plans to go big in coming years. Roku Utsugi lives for riding BMX and here’s what he has to say. FR MTB MAG: How did your inclination towards BMX come about? ROKU:  A friend of mine who used to ride BMX got me into it. It’s just about having fun, hanging out with friends, seeing new things and places. I was instantly hooked FR MTB MAG: Are your parents supportive of what you…

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Once upon a time – Chandigarh Dirt Fest 2010

Pump tracks, mountain bike parks are now increasing in India and Nepal. People and administrations have finally started understanding the importance and advantages of these skill building parks which are not for “cricket”. Although there is still a lot to learn and apply in the field which will be beneficial for the future athletes to grow their skills and any rider to progress and have fun at the same time. But lets go back to the year 2010 when cycling friendly city Chandigarh, infact entire India witnessed its first dirt…

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IXS Cleaver

IXS Cleaver Knee/Shin Armour By: Vinay Menon Also featured in Issue #21 | May 2014 Safety is primary when you consider playing with gravity on two wheels. In the occasion of a bash down, a good knee/shin armour is your health insurance. The difference between a week off the bike or coming out of the mud battle laughing is something the leg armour would play a key role in. IXS has made a mark with their innovative lightweight protective gear for the downhill/freeride warriors. Earlier in the year we got…

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