Event Report | 16th Indian National MTB Championship 2020 – Downhill

2020, downhill mountain biking has officially been included in the Indian National Mountain Bike Championship by the Cycling Federation of India. After years of contemplating, the CFI agreed to flag off the DH Nationals. Previously in 2017 and 2018, Downhill was introduced at the National MTB Championship in its demo status. This year it has officially been included in the Nationals. What better location than the mountains of Uttarakhand for some scenic and flowy riding. Surya Village, Haldwani was the action zone for cross country and downhill fight. To build…

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Event Alert | 16th Indian National MTB Championship 2020

Coming up this month, February 20th – 22nd in Haldwani, Uttarakhand is the 16th National Mountain Bike Championship. Included in the championship would be, Cross Country – Elite Men and Women, U-23, Juniors. Adding to the excitement, Cycling Federation of India will be including “Downhill” as well. But only the “Elite Men” category will be conducted. Women and Juniors category will not be included this year. Two racers from each state will be eligible to compete in Downhill. All the interested Downhill riders are requested to connect with their state’s…

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Poonam Rana Kholiya | Rider Interview

By: Vinay Menon. Relatively new to the sport, Poonam Rana Kholiya has made a name for herself by winning podium spots in most of the Cross Country races she’s raced in. Poonam is the current Indian National MTB Cross Country champion. Freeridermag caught up with the Uttarakhand native in this exclusive interview. Name: Poonam Rana Kholiya Age: 21 Hometown: Haldwani, Uttarakhand. Current bike: Trek Super Fly 6 FRMTB: How did you get into mountain biking? Poonam: In 2016 I started mountain biking, my first ride (expedition) was from Nabhidhang to…

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Top 5 Mountain Biking destinations of India

Top 5 Mountain Biking destinations of India Top five highly recommended mountain biking destinations of India that you must check out. By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #25 | Jan-Feb 2015 | 3rd Special Collectors Edition – Printed Rich culture, best spices, great food, highest mountains, adventure everywhere. Welcome to India with your mountain bike and here are top 5 highly recommended epic mountain biking destinations that you must check out. #1 Manali – Himachal Pradesh: Manali, a Himalayan town located in the beautiful Indian state of Himachal Pradesh…

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Wheels 2 Pindari

Wheels 2 Pindari By: Vinay Menon Location: Pindari, Uttarakhand – INDIA Also featured in Issue#13 | Jan 2013 Step in the tenth month of twenty twelve and the happy trail weathers kicking off in India. When Michael McLean of ‘Mountain Bike Kerala’, invited me to join his clan of riders this October on an AM/Enduro style trip to Pindari Glacier in Uttarakhand, it was my default decision to hop in. Landing back into Pune after a wicked summer in B.C, Canada, it was again a quick pack and run affair…

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Tons – The land of ancient trails.

Tons – The land of ancient trails. By: Vineet Sharma Location: Tons, Uttarakhan – INDIA Also featured in Issue #10 | July 2012 After returning from the hot region of Southern India, it was time to hit the Himalayan region of ‘Uttarakhand’ for more mountain biking and to teach basics of mountain biking to the school kids from various parts of the country. Our camp was located in Mora village next to the Tons River, also known as Tons Valley, which is one of the major destinations for water based…

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Riding free in Pindari

By: Michael McLean Location: Pindari, Uttarakhand – INDIA *Also featured in Issue #10 | July 2012 4.30 a.m. The sun is an hour away from lighting the sky and in this country of early risers we are surprised to be the first on the road. We cycle in silence, three mountain bikers climbing gently in the cool pre dawn air to the village of Song and the trails to Kaphne and Pindari Glacier. With work commitments and late snowfalls delaying the start date we are full of enthusiasm (even at 4.30 a.m) hoping that…

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Uroli Undiscovered

Uroli Undiscovered By: Vaibhav Nijhowne Location: Uroli, Uttarakhand – INDIA Also featured in Issue #10 | July 2012 My destination this summer was Uroli, a village located in the Ranikhet Tehsil of Almora district. A mere 25 kms from Ranikhet, this village is set in the midst of thick pine jungle. But it also has a variety of fruit orchards like plum, pear, peach, walnut, apricot, apple etc. I had the opportunity to spend an entire month in a campsite just below the Uroli village, busy teaching children mountain biking…

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In search of the Holy Trail

In search of the Holy Trail By: Prateek Kumar Singh Location: Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand – INDIA Also featured in: Issue #4 | July 2011 My quest for the search of a trail began when I went to Uttarakhand after my exams ended and I took my bike with me. Staying at my cousin’s place in Dehradun I used to ride daily about 40-60kms just exploring the Siwalik hills and the Malsi ranges. Trips to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti were normal. But, looking at those hills, I wondered there have to be several…

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