Making country proud – Rinku Thakur

The best and youngest mountain biking weapon of India “Rinku Thakur” has seen enough podiums already and his journey has just started. Currently standing #1 in Asian Enduro Series ranking (Junior Category) Rinku has been regularly making his hometown and country proud. Know more about young lad Rinku in this exclusive interview by Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine. Rinku Thakur Hometown: Manali Current Bike: Yeti SB6 Years Riding: Riding fulltime since 2013 Current sponsors: Himalayan Mountain Bike Network FR MTB: How did you get into mountain biking? RINKU: I started my…

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Goldstones Talk Airbags, Schnitzel and Rookie Fun

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria, June 26,2018 – In a few weeks time, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will be taken over by mountain bike rookies, with a full week of shredding ahead of them. The MTB-Festival Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will be welcoming hundreds of young rippers and their families to the three Tyrolean villages in Austria from July 30 to August 5. One of them will be 14-year-old mountain bike prodigy Jackson Goldstone, who will be returning with his dad Ron to improve his skills during the “Rookie Camp”, race during the “Kona Rookie Games” and have a boatload of fun.…

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Finn Iles on journey from ski slope to MTB

Young Canadian hungry to make his mark on the senior circuit after stunning rise. Finn Iles catapulted himself into the men’s downhill elite with a superb 2017 junior season where he won six out of seven UCI Mountain Bike World Cup races. The Canadian, who rides with Loic Bruni on the Specialized Gravity Team, is now pushing hard to move up the senior rankings. Here, the 18-year-old explains his life on the tour and his switch from skiing to MTB: How has the 2018 season been so far for you?…

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AES Nepal 2018 – Done and Dusted

Asian Enduro Series Nepal 2018, the third edition of its kind organized by Gnarly, successfully concluded in the hills of Nagarkot, along the eastern rim of Kathmandu, Nepal. Almost a hundred international participants and half as many Nepalese riders took part in the heart pumping action on 8 special stages. The race by far is unprecedented in Nepal in terms of foreign participation for a mountain biking stage race. The first two days of AES Nepal were practice, and the second two days were race days, with eight enduro special…

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Resolutions: Partners in Grime – Felix Burke

For many, completing post-secondary schooling is a difficult task. For others, training and racing for Canada’s grueling weather is overwhelming. But what about doing both? Victoria, B.C. racers and roommates Felix Burke and Quinn Moberg manage to tackle an ambitious lifestyle consisting of equal parts education and maintenance of a competitive national ranking on Canada’s XC racing circuit. So, what does it take to race hard plus earn an Economics or Kinesiology degree in the off season? Teamwork and resilience. The Rocky Mountain/7Mesh riders know that success means more than…

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Sam Hill’s 2017 World Champs custom Nukeproof Mega

The world is stoked ever since custom Nukeproof Mega was spotted on Sam Hill’s Instagram feed couple of days ago. This is the custom Nukeproof Mega that Team CRC Mavic rider Sam Hill will race on at this weekend’s Downhill World Champs in Cairns, Australia Sam’s World Champs bike appears to be a very similar setup to the bike that currently leads the EWS series. The prototype Mega 275C has a carbon front triangle and uses an aluminum rear, one-of-a-kind custom painted in glittered green and gold. The Australian outlaw will…

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Atherton wins Laureus award

Rachel Atherton called it “the perfect end to the perfect season” after the mountain biker was crowned the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year. The 29-year-old beat surfing world champions John Florence and Tyler Wright, snowboarder Chloe Kim, skateboarder Pedro Barros and freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru to the illustrious award in a star-studded ceremony in Monaco on Tuesday night. Atherton was voted by Laureus Academy members for a season in which she completed a clean sweep by winning all the World Cups – taking her winning streak to 15…

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Steve Peat | Exclusive interview

Steve Peat | Exclusive interview By: Vineet Sharma | Photos: Duncan Philpott Also featured in Issue #8 | March 2012 Full Name: Steve Peat Nickname: Peaty Hometown: Sheffield, England Favorite Drinks: Stella FR MTB MAG: We have seen you shredding and winning – What’s the secret behind it? PEATY: I have been racing for many years now and have had lots of wins and also loses, dealing with the loses is a big part of coming back the week after and winning!!!   FR MTB MAG: What are your favorite…

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Devender Thakur | Rider Interview

Devender Thakur By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in issue #21 | May 2014 Full Name:  Devender Thakur Nickname:  Appu Hometown: Kullu Favorite Drinks: Orange juice Music: Rock FR MTB MAG: When did you start racing? DEVENDER:  In Dec 2012 Trails n Dust mountain bike challenge, Manali. FR MTB MAG:Who inspired you to get in the world of mountain biking or who are your biggest influences in the sport? DEVENDER: Mr. Naveen Barongpa inspired me a lot. FR MTB MAG: Describe your riding style. DEVENDER: My riding style is cross country…

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