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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5 fire-fuelling tips to get the most out of the MTB riding season

Our top five tips to get you out on your bike and riding faster and better than ever over the coming months. Here’s our guide to the top five things to give your riding mojo a kickstart. 1. Buy a new bike OK, so it’s a drastic first measure but the simple fact of the matter is that nothing makes you want to go riding like having a new bike. Granted, it’s an expensive move, but new season, new bike – it makes sense, doesn’t it? Aside from actually dropping…

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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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Crankworx and FMBA Launch Slopestyle World Championship

The sport of Slopestyle mountain biking is entering a new era. The Crankworx World Tour and the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) are excited to be launching into the 2018 season in unison. Starting this year there will now be one elite-level series of Slopestyle mountain biking events. The Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) will replace the FMB Diamond Series and the Crankworx Slopestyle World Tour. SWC events on the Crankworx World Tour will represent the pinnacle of the sport. “We were running two separate elite series’, and eventually had…

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Gitesh Gupta | Photographer interview

Himalayan state Himachal Pradesh has introduced some of the most talented and hardcore mountain bikers in India. You may have seen a lot of  mountain biking action beautifully documented  from the recent Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival and many other events and wondered, who is the man behind the lens? Meet Gitesh Gupta, well known as Luke CG whose skills are not limited to action sports photography. Get to know more about him in this exclusive interview. FR MTB MAG: A little introduction about yourself. Luke: Hello I am Gitesh Gupta (also…

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Video: Dusty Days On The Shore

 Canadian videographer Tristan and DegganCaleb Harapnuik, local British Columbian downhill racer shot a rowdy video late summer to celebrate just having fun, even while filming a sponsored video.  

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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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Lakshay Jangid | Rider Interview

Name: Lakshay Jangid a.k.a The Survivor (TEAM- STEELZ SILENCERZ) Age: 23 Home Town: Jaipur Years Riding:7.5 Current Bike: Mongoose Fireball, Dartmoor 26 Player What’s looping on your playlist: Salam India (Mary Kom). Competitions/Contests Entered: International online championship 2014 – 11th position/ 49 riders. International online championship 2015 – 3rd position/68 riders. This is ITT championship Lucknow, India 2015 – 1st position/ 36 riders MTB Stunt Net championship (world) – 1st position / 109 riders MTB stunt grand prix 2017 (extreme bike tour) Wodzislow Slaski, Poland – 1st position / 23…

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Why Mountain Biking?

Why Mountain Biking? Psychologists have studied the rationale for mountain biking – mountain bikers speculate about it – ordinary mortals shake their heads in dismay over it. There is an ambivalence to this sport. There are no scores or points when you ride free on your mountain bike, but the beauty of movement gives a self-assurance that is better than winning a race. It is a sport that brings escape from the care and tensions of daily life. Mountain Biking brings an awareness of the grandeur of the nature; an…

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2017 bike calendar

The 2017 mountain bike season is fast approaching, don’t miss the key dates. The 2017 mountain bike season is almost upon us with everything from the eye-catching Crankworx to the spills and thrills of the downhill and cross-country disciplines in the UCI World Cup. Then there is the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme and, to cap another year on two wheels, Red Bull Rampage once more to bring the mountain bike calendar to a climax. Here’s an extensive calendar of all you need to know for the season ahead… 25 March-2…

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