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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Product Feature: Loose Riders Global Alliance – C/S Pants and Second Skin Gloves

We got our hands on… and legs in some new Loose Riders gear. Our team bomber, Vinay Menon put the new LRGA C/S Pants and the Second Skin Gloves through some dirty times. May it be hauling your bike up the hill or pedaling around on trails, the LRGA C/S Pants keep the pistons cool. With sufficient vents and comfortable stretchable layers, the C/S Pants work well in Indian temperatures. The durable fabric and stitches on the pants are strong enough for those rough spills and slams.  Sure the designers behind the…

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Himalayan Mountain Bike Photo Contest 2017

October 12th,  the 4th edition of the wicked Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival returned to Manali, Himachal Pradesh – The Mountain Biking Capital of India. The festival includes BMX street and flatland sessions, roughest Downhill mountain bike race of India and the gnarliest cross country race in the country. Newest addition this year to the Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival was the “Himalayan Mountain Bike Photo Contest” in association with F-Stop Gear. Here, invited photographers competed to put together the best action and lifestyle slideshow from 4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival. This contest…

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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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Tenerife: The shadow of the volcano

This adventure begins in the Teide, the highest peak in Spain and the third largest volcano on earth from its base on the ocean floor. When you are looking for new biking adventures sometimes all you want is that the sun caresses your leathery face. This time the fervent pursuit of hot sun took us to the Canary Island of Tenerife. A truly earthly paradise where winter and summer almost shake hands. When the sun was already reflected in our faces and everything seemed to flow with an island tranquility, suddenly, a…

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Elements of Victory

Of all the events we attend every year, nothing makes us quite as proud as BC Bike Race. A seven-day international stage race, it’s amazing to see so many people from all over the world enjoying our backyard’s choicest trails. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s rugged coast, and some of the world’s most challenging cross country singletrack—all explored while camping between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountain ranges. This year’s 10th annual BC Bike Race was the perfect occasion to give our updated Element platform some real-world marathon…

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Syndicate Project – Cairns

After a week under misty skies and threatening clouds, the weather held and the World Cup in Cairns, Australia went off without turning into 2014’s mudfest. The long, varied track tested all the riders, and deep local knowledge definitely lent an edge to the strong Aussie contingent, intent on good results in front of their hometown crowd. After both crashed in qualifying, Josh and Greg kept it upright throughout their race runs, but a little too much on the brakes cost them valuable time on the pedal-heavy track, with Greg…

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Speed and Style @ Crankworx 2015

The Speed and Style at Crankworx wasn’t without it’s drama. With the best course of the 3 Crankworx events the only that could go wrong was the weather.   Tyler McCaul and Kyle Strait who finished 1st and 2nd in the final The rain turned up for the Speed and Style event on queue and made the ramps slippery but added water to the berms. As the riders competed the course changed and the results were shuffled. When the round of 16 was done it would be Tyler McCaul on…

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Malcolm Mclaws | Photographer interview

Malcolm Mclaws By: Vinay Menon Also featured in Issue #13 | Jan 2013 | Special collectors edition You’ve probably seen his images in many mountain bike magazines ads or famous bike blogs etc around the world. Malcolm Mclaws is a super cool individual and one of the best bike photographers in the world whose skills are not limited to mountain biking photography. We interviewed Malcolm and got to know more about him and his photography.  FR MTB MAG: A little intro about yourself? Mclaws: Well I’m a 62 yr old…

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