Apshai Niangti | Rider Interview

By: Vinay Menon Name: Apshai Niangti Age: 20 Nick name: Bhoi , Griff or Coach Location: Meghalaya, Shillong Current Bike: YT Capra CF 2017 Years Riding: 5 Years FRMTB: Apshai, how did you get into mountain biking? Apshai: Mountain biking for me started at a young age. It all started as a hobby with me and some of my friends just having fun in our free time. We would find ourselves some trails to ride and would actually do some “rad” stunts. We enjoyed doing jumps off footpaths and imagined…

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Ismamul Howk | Rider Interview

. By: Vinay Menon The new crop of downhill racers in India radiates potential to win international races. One such ripper is Ismamul Howk from Guwahati, Assam. We caught up with the soft spoken 23 year old lad who juggles between college lectures and winning races. Name: Ismamul Howk Age: 23 Nick name: Babu Hometown: Guwahati, Assam Current Bike: Giant reign 1.5GE Years Riding: 4 Current sponsors: Spoke Hub Cycling, Starkenn FRMTB: Ismamul, how did you get into mountain biking? Ismamul: It all started with racing my friends on a…

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Video: Valley play in Mechuka – Arunachal Pradesh, India

. Words: Vinay Menon \\ Photos: Cephas Joseph, Vinay Menon, AMBIA Temperatures nearing minus five after dark, Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, India is a hidden gem of a place. Located at 6000ft above sea level, the Mechuka Valley shares its northern border with China. Having an Indian Air Force air strip as well, this sleepy remote town stores epic hillscapes and beautiful views. Visiting Mechuka came about as I was attending the Mechuka Adventure Festival ‘s Downhill Mountain Bike race, organized by AMBIA. Joining me on this trip, my buddy,…

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Event Alert: 5th Kohima Downhill 2018 – Nagaland, India

. Each year, KOHIMA DOWNHILL goes higher up the mountains. This year you’ll race down the grand Japfu mountain peak above Viswema Village, Kohima, Nagaland. Register here – https://www.nativestation.org/  Native Station‘s Kohima Downhill MTB race is one of the most exciting mountain bike races in India, where professionals from India and abroad race down the mystical mountains of Kohima, Nagaland to win the title of the fastest racer! After a successful downhill race last year, sponsored by one of India’s top startups – Psynyde Bikes , this year’s venue will be on the grand Japfu…

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Video: Mt. Morashen Downhill 2018 – Winning run | Nagaland, India

Benny Metha’s Winning run at the “Mt.Morashen Downhill Challenge 2018 in Doyang, Wokha, Nagaland, India. In-spite of a wash out on the course, Benny managed to take the top spot!  Mt. Morashen DH 2018 featured one of the tougher trails in the region. A “Native Station” initiative, the Mount Morashen Downhill Challenge is part of the Amur Falcon Conservation Week & Festivals in Nagaland.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Apshai Griffith Niangti (@the_griff_008) on Nov 10, 2018 at 7:53am PST   .

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Event Alert: 2nd Mechukha Downhill Championship 2018 – Arunachal Pradesh

. Experience the thrills of downhill mountain biking and let your adrenaline soar as high as the Himalayan ranges surrounding the beautiful Mechukha Valley. . The 2nd Mechukha Downhill Championship 2018 is designed to be a definitive test for mountain bikers, with the focus of creating a great atmosphere, a budding community, strong competition and an adventurous experience.  Offering a slick riding weekend on one of the best terrains available in the region of West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh. This race is also part of the Mechukha Adventure Festival 2018…

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Event Alert: Mount Morashen Downhill Challenge 2018 – Nagaland, India

. November 9, 2018 Venue – Doyang, Wokha, Nagaland The race will be held at Mt Morashen overlooking a breathtaking view of the Doyang valley. Several activities including angling, rafting, music, indigenous games will be part of the festival from Nov 8-10. The track’s gonna be beautiful and the festival is gonna be magical whilst you witness millions of Amur falcons take a pitstop at the Doyang valley in Wokha, Nagaland as our esteemed winged guests take their longest migratory journey on the planet! The Mount Morashen Downhill Challenge, is…

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Event Alert: MTB Tawang 2018 – Arunachal Pradesh

. Coming up this month in Arunachal Pradesh – MTB Tawang 2018 Date: 22nd to 28th October 2018 Race Format: XCM-Cross Country Marathon Prize: Cash Prizes worth Rs. 150000 One of the highest mountain bike race in India, climbing to the dizzying heights of 13700 feet above sea level, MTB Tawang is the gold standard for Mountain bikers when it comes to climbing prowess. One of the toughest race of Northeast with unforgiving climbs, exhilarating downhills, mud and slush or the extreme weather changes, this 6 stage XCM event will…

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Video: 4th Kohima Downhill 2017 | Nagaland, India

Words: Yanpvuo Kikon WINNERS of the 4th KOHIMA DOWNHILL 2017 1st – Suman Tamang – S.T. (Nepal) 2nd – Apshai Griffith Niangti (Shillong) 3rd – Prachit Thapa (Nepal) 4th – Gautam Taode (Pune) 5th – Ollie Hemstock (United Kingdom) Best Local Rider – Seyieo Sekhose (Kohima)  THANK YOU #MTBFAM Indian MTB Community, our sponsors and supporters for making this possible! Without you all none of this would have been possible – Psynyde Bikes (http://psynydebikes.com/) Lhouvizosier Mezhur Sekhose Kekhrie Mezhur Sekhose Chan Kikon Dr. Ruovinuo Thenuo Seyie Auto Winterxmade (http://wintermade.in/) Photographers…

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