Rayate MTB Race 2019 – Maharashtra

Photos: Sandeep Sakharkar Coming back for the second year, an event by ‘Kalyan cyclist’, the Rayate MTB Race 2019 was a monsoon adventure during  Maharashtra’s rain spell week in June. Team Kalyan Cyclist has been helping grow the sport in the community by introducing new riders to the trails, organizing local events and maintaining riding spots. The race categories were split into three parts – Cross Country, Enduro and Juniors. Sunday saw riders from Pune, Kalyan and Mumbai lining up on the start. A total of nearly 45 racers were pitting…

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MTB Bangladesh XCO Championship 2019

Words: Vinay Menon  // Photos: Asif Aminur Rashid Mountain biking in Bangladesh has been gaining momentum in the past few years. A first in the books for MTB Bangladesh, they hosted the XCO championship in Chittagong this June. With no sponsors and three months of preparation, MTB Bangladesh flagged off their first XCO race that ran through the beautiful tea plantations in Hathazari. A 7.2km Loop in Fatickchari Odulia Tea Garden included 30% uphill, 20% downhill, 30% flowy sections and 20% tech root sections. In a nation where cycling is not…

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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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Nino Schurter Set on Absa Cape Epic Revenge

The 2017 Absa Cape Epic champion, plus reigning World and Olympic XCO Champion, Nino Schurter will return to the race in 2019 – with one aim. To regain the title he was forced to concede in 2018. Aiding him in this quest is his new partner Andri Frischknecht, and the supporting team, DSV / SCOTT-SRAM, of European Champion Lars Forster and Gert Heyns. Schurter’s title defence was over before it really began in 2018. Matthias Stirnemann, with whom Schurter won the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, started the race with an…

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Temghar MTB Challenge 2019 – Maharashtra

The Pawa Collagen – Temghar MTB Challenge 2019, organized by Backpack Outdoors, Rolling Academy and Mumbai MTB Offroaders at Camp Hideout, Temghar Dam Backwaters near Pune saw mountain bikers going full force on prime dirt trails. 2019’s season opener, the Temghar MTB Challenge included over 45 participants from Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Nashik and Indore. India’s DH and XC national/state champions were in action over the weekend. The XC riders described the tracks (XCO and XCC) to be challenging, technical as well as scenic as one part of the track was…

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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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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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Video: Course Preview – 15th Indian National MTB Championship 2018 | XC

The 15th Indian National MTB Championship 2018 is coming up in Pune, Maharashtra from 26 to 28 of October. The XC course is about  3.7kms in length and will include multiple laps of this track based on the categories. Here’s Himachal Pradesh’s Shiven (XCO – Elite Men) spinning you through a course preview.  It’s a great track for National Championships, with steep climbs and a lot of single tracks. – Shiven .

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North Quest Challenge Ladakh 2018

The 2nd ‘North Quest Ladakh – Challenge 2018’ wrapped up last week, in the beautiful city of Leh. Boasting of about 250 mountain bike (MTB) riders participating this year, it is the highest accredited MTB race. While talking to the media, Harkirat Singh, who is one of the organizers at the race said,” This is the highest accredited MTB race in the world. This race is accredited by Cycling Federation of India (CFI). Since the last event, we have seen a huge influx of new riders, new clubs coming up.…

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