Bangalore Bicycle Championships 2019 – MTB Downhill

By: Vinay Menon The 8th edition of India’s oldest Downhill race – BBCh MTB Downhill clicked out on the Nandi Hills trail in Bengaluru, Karnataka earlier this June. Nearly 30 Riders from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka lined up to race the 600mts course. Hardtails and Full Suss racers had their separate categories. No expert, beginner or elite categories this year. Racers had to give it their best to make it to the top three. The young boys are stepping up onto the BBCh podiums now. 14 and 17 year…

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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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15th Indian National MTB Championship 2018 | XC – Mass Start

. The 15th National Mountain Bike Championship 2018 conducted by the Cycling Federation of India saw a refreshing new course for the Cross Country discipline, with tech climbs and steep singletrack descents. Not the usual XC course you’d see at the Indian Nationals, the 2018 trail was demanding as well as rewarding, with it’s flow and gradients, said some of the racers. The Giant Starkenn team did an excellent job of putting together a challenging XC track, which surely filtered on the best XC racers of the country. Here’s some action from the Mass-start…

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Mokokchung MTB Festival 2017 | Nagaland

The hills of Mokokchung town in Nagaland, India was the epicenter of trail shaking mountain bike races, the 2nd Mokokchung Mountain Bike Festival 2017. Organized by the mountain biking enthusiasts of Mokokchung – Trail Hounds Cycling Club, the event comprised of Cross Country and Downhill for Locals and Experts. Results  – Mokokchung XC Expert Category 1. Himal Tamata (Nepal) 2. Okesh Bajracharya (Nepal) 3. Deepak (Nepal) 4. Tendon Michael Terang (Assam, India) 5. Dipankar (Assam, India) U-17 Local Category  1st – Akumdong Longchar (Dimapur) 2nd – Pontiang (Dimapur) 3rd – Jongshir Mar (Mokokchung) Only Woman Participant…

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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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14th National MTB Championship 2017 | DH

A weekend of two wheeled slush fight, the 14th Indian MTB National Championship 2017, rolled down at the ‘Oxford Golf Resort’ on the outskirts of Pune City. This year, once again ‘Starkenn Giant’ powered the event, pushing the quality of the gig. An 800mts downhill section, which was part of the XC race too, was the site for the gravity race. For the first time, under CFI (Cycling Federation of India) banner, a Downhill race at the Nationals has been included. A collective effort by veteran downhill riders of Pune and…

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Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 | Downhill

Photo: Utkarsh Rao, Veloscope, Shekhar Agarwal. Karnataka’s heart, Bengaluru city always stands out for its vibrant specs. Not a surprise, one of the raddest mountain bike events of India rolls here! Come winter and the Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 beeped up on the “Must attend” chart for top mountain bikers from India and Nepal. A three wing event, BMF 2.0 2017 included Trail Running, Cross Country Mountain Biking and the most anticipated – Downhill Mountain Biking. Located on the outskirts of Bengaluru town, Avathi Hills blew up with the elite Downhillers…

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Camelbak Podium Big Chill

Summers are going on and hydration is super mandatory. On long riding days you often have to drink warm water from your water bottles. But it’s always nice to have a sip of chilled water and hydrate with style. This is where insulated water bottles come in. But could “Camelbak’s Podium Big Chill” be the best answer to this problem? We decided to check it out and see if this is the one for you. The 25 fl. oz. CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated Water Bottle uses double-walled construction to…

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