14th National MTB Championship 2017 | XC

Monsoon skies of Pune, Maharashtra, looked over the 14th Indian MTB National Championship 2017, held at the ‘Oxford Golf Resort’ on the outskirts of Pune City. This year again ‘Starkenn Giant’ powered the event, pushing the quality of the track, as well as the race. The 3 day event included Cross Country Mass start and Time trials split into, Men and Women juniors, sub-juniors, youth and Elite. The track designed by GT Adventures for 2017 included straight wide sprint sections leading to a steep, 800 mts technical descent, a section…

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Rolling MTB Championship 2017

A good send off to the hot Pune summers, Rolling MTB Championship 2017 saw over 40 participants racing over the weekend in Downhill and Cross Country. Conducted on the foot hills of Sinhagad, 30kms off Pune City, Rolling Bike Park had some roosty trails on the platter for racers. A kilometer long descent had off-cambered sections and baby head rocks sticking out to test your suspension. With steep washy lines down the forest, full suspension and hardtailers gave their best to win the trophy and cash prize! Cross country race was in…

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Event Alert | Rolling MTB Championship – June 2017

Coming up this June in Pune – Rolling MTB Championship Venue: Rolling Academy-The Bikepark, Sinhagad Ghat, Pune,  Maharashtra, India. A weekend full of learning, socializing, chilling and mountain bike racing. The Rolling MTB Championship is a platform for all levels of riders to come together, ride and share a good weekend on their bikes. This event will include two categories amateurs and experts. Race Disciplines Downhill (Time Trial) and Cross Country Eliminator (head-on race) . Awards Cash Prize, Certificate & Trophy (top 3 in each category) Schedule 3rd & 4th June, 2017. 3rd…

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Rohan Gawade | Rider Interview

There’s a rise in the count of quality mountain bikers in India now. All this thanks to availability of good equipment and the supportive mountain biking community of the country. With XC and DH racers gaining speed points and racing continental championships, there’s a small number of riders who still prefer to be out of all the race tape fuss. Meet 21 year old freeride prodigy from Pune City, India – Rohan Gawade. Nick name: RoGa, Thandi Hawaa (Cool Breeze!) Location: Pune Current Bike: Specialized Demo 8 Years Riding: BMX…

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Psynyde FURAN in stores soon!

India’s first rider designed and tested bicycles by Psynyde Bikes, Pune will soon be available at select bike shops across the country! Their first production AM/Trail Hardtail, the FURAN has seen some serious mountain time with our test crew in the lower Himalayas and the results were wild! A 120mm Fork, 67 Head Angle with 424mm Chainstays, this bike is flickable! Starting at Rs.36,000 for the Shimano Acera Build, the Furan is a steal. Currently the only Indian performance bike brand offering a ‘Frame Only’ deal, its going to be…

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13th National XC Championship 2016

The Oxford Golf Resort in Pune, Maharashtra played host to the 13th National Cross Country Mountain Biking Championship 2016 earlier this October. For 2016 Giant Starkenn Sports Pvt Ltd joined forces with the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) and Maharashtra Cycling Association to bring in a three day event packed with lung busting action. A 5km trail, with a mix of jeep tracks and a mellow single track was laid out for the weekend. Two man made obstacles sections were added into the course, but were altered by the race officials before…

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Video: The Downhill Disco

Bend your knees, eyes forward, elbows out with firm feet on the pins! Switch on the rocky stutter beats, chain’s treble to a jump’s landing base. “The Downhill Disco” is about to get loose. Riding a pair of wheels down a hill is more than simply letting go of the brakes. A rider’s urge to push the fear factor, fight the speed controllers and indulge in the music created by the bike and earth is when the fingers click. Ajay Padval from Pune, India doesn’t think he can dance. He…

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News: 11th Indian National XC Championship 2015

The 2015 season kicked off with Maharashtra hosting the 11th National XC Championship in January. Sports capital of the state, Pune City was the action zone for India’s strongest Cross Country racers. With over 200 racers listed in different categories, Men/Women – Elite, Juniors & Sub Juniors, the race venue was packed with shredders. Being a National Championship, the racers were representing their states in ‘Time Trials’ and ‘Mass Start’ events. A 3 Km course through thorn infested walking trail, gradual climbs and a moderate descent, was full of surprises! Elite Men…

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Video: Project Solo | Spiti

Words/Photos/Video: Vinay Menon The ‘Himachal DH MTB Trophy’ in Solang Valley got me to the mountains earlier in July. With a week full of digging at Ski Himalayas Park and racing over the weekend, the Solang stay was wild. As the event dust settled and riders exited Manali town, I packed my gear for ‘Project Solo’. Spiti region was marked on the map and an SUV ride began from Manali thru the mega mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Metal bridges, prayer flags, snow-capped mountains in the horizon; a 12 hour photogenic drive…

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