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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Video: Spiti Awakening

Tucked away from civilization, hidden from the bipeds, rests a surreal mountain scape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh – Spiti. At an altitude of about 4500m, Spiti has many unexplored riding zones. The past couple of years I’ve been wandering in this region, looking for trails and cliffs to ride off of and have started to see more in each visit. Having dug out some trails with ace trail creator Steve Storey a few seasons ago, my visit this time was circled up. Joined by my team buddy…

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Video: The Downhill Disco

Bend your knees, eyes forward, elbows out with firm feet on the pins! Switch on the rocky stutter beats, chain’s treble to a jump’s landing base. “The Downhill Disco” is about to get loose. Riding a pair of wheels down a hill is more than simply letting go of the brakes. A rider’s urge to push the fear factor, fight the speed controllers and indulge in the music created by the bike and earth is when the fingers click. Ajay Padval from Pune, India doesn’t think he can dance. He…

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