Event Alert: North Quest Challenge 2019 – Ladakh, India

Coming up this September in one of the highest riding zones of India, Ladakh, for its 3rd year, North Quest Challenge 2019.  Last year saw nearly 250 racers competing over different categories. The 2018 champion Kiran Kumar Raju from Bengaluru pulled all his power to take the win at this highest accredited XC race in the world. The North Quest Challenge is accredited by the Cycling Federation of India (CFI). The race was xcm (cross country marathon) format, a gruelling 9.5km course x 6laps with a 3km constant climb…

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Pranita Soman | Rider Interview

. Photos: Giant Starkenn India, Kimaya Morye   Pranita Soman from Maharashtra, India is the youngest woman to win the Indian National MTB XC Championship elite title in 2017. She grabbed a gold in the Junior category as well, the same week! Following up with more podium finishes at the 2018 XC Nationals in juniors and elites. Pranita is not all trail and dirt, she’s an elite road cyclist too. Freeridermag caught up with Pranita to know more about her cycling journey. Hometown: Sangamner, Dist – Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India Discipline:…

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Indian National MTB Championship 2018 – Downhill

. The 15TH National MTB Championship 2018, India saw the 2nd year of Downhill mountain biking in the mix. On a new course created at “Sunny’s World Adventure Park” in Pune, Maharashtra, by GT Adventures and Starkenn Giant Bicycles India. The 1 km descent wasn’t one of the best in the country, but the trail had some hairy sections to keep things interesting. With a major amount of pedal churning sections included, the racers had to not only bomb down the hill, but also had to propel them wheels hard!…

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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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Video: Course Preview – 15th Indian National MTB Championship 2018 | XC

The 15th Indian National MTB Championship 2018 is coming up in Pune, Maharashtra from 26 to 28 of October. The XC course is about  3.7kms in length and will include multiple laps of this track based on the categories. Here’s Himachal Pradesh’s Shiven (XCO – Elite Men) spinning you through a course preview.  It’s a great track for National Championships, with steep climbs and a lot of single tracks. – Shiven .

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North Quest Challenge Ladakh 2018

The 2nd ‘North Quest Ladakh – Challenge 2018’ wrapped up last week, in the beautiful city of Leh. Boasting of about 250 mountain bike (MTB) riders participating this year, it is the highest accredited MTB race. While talking to the media, Harkirat Singh, who is one of the organizers at the race said,” This is the highest accredited MTB race in the world. This race is accredited by Cycling Federation of India (CFI). Since the last event, we have seen a huge influx of new riders, new clubs coming up.…

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Event Alert | 14th State Mountain Bike Championship Mysuru

Mysuru District Cycling Association is organizing 14th State Mountain Bike Championship From September 8th to September 9th, 2018. The venue of the event will be near Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysuru (Helipad Ground ) and the event schedule is as follows: • UNDER 14 Years (Male & Female) (born in 2004 – 2006) • UNDER 16 Years (Male & Female) (born in 2002 – 2003) • UNDER 18 Years (Male & Female) (born in 2000 – 2001) • Elite Men (born in 1999 & before) • Elite Women (born in 1999 & before)…

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How to: Start a career in mountain bike racing in India

Mountain bike racing has evolved a lot in India ever since the first mountain bike Nationals held in Chandigarh in 2000. It is exciting to see the number of mountain bike races being organized every year from North to South of India. This evolution has not only helped the riders enhance their skills, but has pushed the organizers to set up races more professionally, while encouraging bicycle brands to bring in better equipment. How to start racing career? Symptoms: You got a mountain bike and love dirt. At the same…

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4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017

India witnessed the fourth edition of the wicked Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival in Manali, where mountain bikers from all around the world ride and race together for 1 week in the holiday season of the beautiful Himalayan town ‘Manali’, aka “The Mountain Biking Capital of India”. Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival which is organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network hosted a BMX Jam session, flagging off the week’s two wheeled festivities. The weekend included, India’s roughest Downhill Mountain Bike Race and a challenging 2-day Cross Country MTB stage race. The concept behind…

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News: 11th Indian National XC Championship 2015

The 2015 season kicked off with Maharashtra hosting the 11th National XC Championship in January. Sports capital of the state, Pune City was the action zone for India’s strongest Cross Country racers. With over 200 racers listed in different categories, Men/Women – Elite, Juniors & Sub Juniors, the race venue was packed with shredders. Being a National Championship, the racers were representing their states in ‘Time Trials’ and ‘Mass Start’ events. A 3 Km course through thorn infested walking trail, gradual climbs and a moderate descent, was full of surprises! Elite Men…

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