Skills & Thrills MTB Camps with Nishma Shrestha – Kathmandu, Nepal

Mountain Biking is all about sharing the ride. You share your trail, the excitement and the good times! The South Asian Games 2019 Women’s Downhill Champion, Nishma Shrestha has been working on imparting her biking skills to new riders. Recently the 25year old Kathmandu native organized a mountain biking skills clinic which pulled in a number of enthusiastic riders from Nepal. Freeridermag caught up with the champion racer and coach to know more about her recent mountain bike clinic. FRMTB: Hello Nishma, please introduce yourself to our readers. Nishma: It’s…

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Event Alert | North East MTB Championship 2020 – Guwahati, Assam

. Coming up next to heat up the winters this December in Guwahati, Assam, India, organized by GearUp* Guwahati – NORTHEAST MTB CHAMPIONSHIP 2020. Location: TUSKER trails, Guwahati, Assam. This is one of a kind race course we’ve built here for the racers. We’ve made the track in such a location that 50% of the track comes under the state of Meghalaya and 50% of the track falls under Assam! – Ismamul Howk \\ Course builder & Current National DH Champion of India. The Cross Country track is a 5kms loop comprising…

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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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Assam Downhill Championship 2019 – Assam, India

Guwahati’s Spokehub cycling organized the second ASSAM DOWNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 in the heart of Guwahati city in north-east India earlier this October. The “Monkey Temple Trail” saw over fifty five competitors lining up on the start arc for the Assam Downhill Championshoip 2.0. A 1km long course included wooden sections, berms, a few kickers and a big drop named ‘the nut cracker‘. ADC 2019 saw one of the highest numbers of participants compared to any other DH race in India.  Winners – Full suspension category: 1st- Ismamul Howk (Assam) 2nd…

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Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2019

One of the highest riding zones of India, Ladakh runs the magnificent Himalayas through its horizon. Known for its mountaineering, bicycle touring, bouldering topography, Ladakh now has a new feather in the cap, the “Disko Valley Bike Park” by Unexplored Ladakh. Ladakh’s first Pump track and Downhill comp at the Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2019 was clubbed with the inauguration of the Disko Valley Bike Park. In its first phase, the Disko Valley Bike Park currently includes a 200mts dirt pump track, table top jumps, a 500mts short track DH…

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Event Alert: Ladakh MTB Festival 2019

. The high, dry mountains of Ladakh are spot-on for epic freeriding. Not to forget the abundance of natural singletrack trails that run throughout the region. Mountain biking in Ladakh is not something new; there have been plenty of prominent riders who’ve visited the region in the past. Renowned riders like Andi Wittmann, Guido Tschugg and Kelly Mcgarry have treaded the uncharted Ladakh terrain. Though Ladakh has an impeccable landscape for mountain biking, it lacks the infrastructure to build a strong culture. We see places like Pune, Bengaluru, Himachal and…

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Bangalore Bicycle Championships 2019 – MTB Downhill

By: Vinay Menon The 8th edition of India’s oldest Downhill race – BBCh MTB Downhill clicked out on the Nandi Hills trail in Bengaluru, Karnataka earlier this June. Nearly 30 Riders from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka lined up to race the 600mts course. Hardtails and Full Suss racers had their separate categories. No expert, beginner or elite categories this year. Racers had to give it their best to make it to the top three. The young boys are stepping up onto the BBCh podiums now. 14 and 17 year…

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GHV Endeavor Dirt Pump Track Championship 2019 – Mumbai

Mumbai is usually associated with the urban chaos and polluted skies. A breath of fresh air on the outskirts of Mumbai, in Murbad, Thane is the newly built GHV Endeavor Trail – Dirt Pump Track at “Green Home Villas”. Fighting the extreme pre-monsoon temperature spike, over 50 mountain bikers and BMX riders landed in the quite Manivali village in Murbad. In India, people with property or/and money don’t really invest into cycling of any sort. But GHV did. They plunged in without making an excel sheet of ROI. So kudos…

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