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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Pranita Soman | Rider Interview

. Photos: Giant Starkenn India, Kimaya Morye   Pranita Soman from Maharashtra, India is the youngest woman to win the Indian National MTB XC Championship elite title in 2017. She grabbed a gold in the Junior category as well, the same week! Following up with more podium finishes at the 2018 XC Nationals in juniors and elites. Pranita is not all trail and dirt, she’s an elite road cyclist too. Freeridermag caught up with Pranita to know more about her cycling journey. Hometown: Sangamner, Dist – Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India Discipline:…

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Sakakibara aims for BMX dominance like Pajón

Australian fifth behind Swiss winner at Red Bull Pump Track World Final. Saya Sakakibara believes that she can achieve the type of BMX dominance that Colombian Mariana Pajón has shown after she starred at the Red Bull Pump Track World Final in Arkansas. Here is all you need to know: – Sakakibara was born in Japan, but moved to Australia at the age of seven with brother Kai who has also gone on to become a professional BMX rider. – After winning national titles, 19-year-old Sakakibara cleaned up on the world junior circuit and moved up to elite level…

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Making country proud – Rinku Thakur

The best and youngest mountain biking weapon of India “Rinku Thakur” has seen enough podiums already and his journey has just started. Currently standing #1 in Asian Enduro Series ranking (Junior Category) Rinku has been regularly making his hometown and country proud. Know more about young lad Rinku in this exclusive interview by Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine. Rinku Thakur Hometown: Manali Current Bike: Yeti SB6 Years Riding: Riding fulltime since 2013 Current sponsors: Himalayan Mountain Bike Network FR MTB: How did you get into mountain biking? RINKU: I started my…

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Goldstones Talk Airbags, Schnitzel and Rookie Fun

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria, June 26,2018 – In a few weeks time, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will be taken over by mountain bike rookies, with a full week of shredding ahead of them. The MTB-Festival Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis will be welcoming hundreds of young rippers and their families to the three Tyrolean villages in Austria from July 30 to August 5. One of them will be 14-year-old mountain bike prodigy Jackson Goldstone, who will be returning with his dad Ron to improve his skills during the “Rookie Camp”, race during the “Kona Rookie Games” and have a boatload of fun.…

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Resolutions: Partners in Grime – Quinn Moberg

Quinn Moberg Interview by Mike Berard MB: Do you remember the first time you met Felix? QM: It was around 2012 and we were at a Cycling BC team camp together. It was right before he moved to Quebec and he actually stayed at my house. And we weren’t friends, I had never met him. MB: And so you were both at a high level at that time? QM: For our age, yeah. We weren’t phenomes by any means. MB: You’re grinders? QM: Yeah, closer to that end of the…

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