GHV Endeavor Dirt Pump Track Championship 2019 – Mumbai

Mumbai is usually associated with the urban chaos and polluted skies. A breath of fresh air on the outskirts of Mumbai, in Murbad, Thane is the newly built GHV Endeavor Trail – Dirt Pump Track at “Green Home Villas”. Fighting the extreme pre-monsoon temperature spike, over 50 mountain bikers and BMX riders landed in the quite Manivali village in Murbad. In India, people with property or/and money don’t really invest into cycling of any sort. But GHV did. They plunged in without making an excel sheet of ROI. So kudos…

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Video: Valley play in Mechuka – Arunachal Pradesh, India

. Words: Vinay Menon \\ Photos: Cephas Joseph, Vinay Menon, AMBIA Temperatures nearing minus five after dark, Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, India is a hidden gem of a place. Located at 6000ft above sea level, the Mechuka Valley shares its northern border with China. Having an Indian Air Force air strip as well, this sleepy remote town stores epic hillscapes and beautiful views. Visiting Mechuka came about as I was attending the Mechuka Adventure Festival ‘s Downhill Mountain Bike race, organized by AMBIA. Joining me on this trip, my buddy,…

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Mechukha Downhill MTB Championship 2018

Tucked away in the remote mountains of Arunachal Pradesh in India, Mechuka shares borders with our neighbor, China. A two day scenic drive through the mountains will lead you to the epic landscapes of Mechuka Valley. Being included for the 2nd time during the popular “Adventure Mechuka” event in Arunachal Pradesh, team AMBIA created a promising downhill race for 2018. With all the buzz around “MTB Arunachal”, a seven day, stage XC race, Downhill race was a great addition in the event schedule, bringing more attention towards this growing discipline.…

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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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Product Feature – DC Court Graffik Shoes

Having a good grip on the pedals is essential. Skate shoes are always spot on, in combination with good platform pedals. There are a number of options out there in the market these days, available in all sorts of designs and prices. DC shoes have been around for a while and are now available in India through TATA CLiQ and Reliance Brands. We recently got our feet into the new Court Graffik pair of sneakers. These BMX/Skate shoes are good enough for dirt play too! Sole Though it’s not typically…

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Product Feature: Dirtlej – Dirtsuit Light Edition

What is the most tiring task after a good mucky day on the trails? It is the cleaning part! Well, here’s an interesting new product from Germany to keep the rider feeling like a clean baby while the sky pours!  Our team recently got their hands on the new Dirtsuit Light Edition. A lighter version of the rowdy “Dirtsuit Classic Edition”. Built for light trail riding, hiking and casual usage, the light edition packs in some efficient protection from the rain/dirt/wind while being low on the weighing scale, at…

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Riders and their Rides | Bangalore Mountain Festival 2018 – Downhill

India’s IT hub Bengaluru, is also known for it’s alternative sports followers. The 3rd year of Bangalore Mountain Festival 2018 saw a good number of trail runners, cross country racers and downhill racers. We caught up with some of the gravity loving boys racing at the BMF “Balls of Steel” DH race to know more about their steeds.   Photos: © Kimaya Morye For more details on some of these bikes, checkout – Psynyde Bikes & Components Polygon Bikes India – Wheel Sports Specialized Bikes – Bums on the Saddle Giant Bicycles…

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Product Feature: Loose Riders Global Alliance – C/S Pants and Second Skin Gloves

We got our hands on… and legs in some new Loose Riders gear. Our team bomber, Vinay Menon put the new LRGA C/S Pants and the Second Skin Gloves through some dirty times. May it be hauling your bike up the hill or pedaling around on trails, the LRGA C/S Pants keep the pistons cool. With sufficient vents and comfortable stretchable layers, the C/S Pants work well in Indian temperatures. The durable fabric and stitches on the pants are strong enough for those rough spills and slams.  Sure the designers behind the…

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Video: Spiti Awakening

Tucked away from civilization, hidden from the bipeds, rests a surreal mountain scape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh – Spiti. At an altitude of about 4500m, Spiti has many unexplored riding zones. The past couple of years I’ve been wandering in this region, looking for trails and cliffs to ride off of and have started to see more in each visit. Having dug out some trails with ace trail creator Steve Storey a few seasons ago, my visit this time was circled up. Joined by my team buddy…

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Video: TATA Hexa TVC

Not very often we see mountain biking shown well on Indian Television! The new TATA Hexa commercial features mountain biking in some epic locations from India. And the rider is non other than our Deputy Editor – Vinay Menon. The Spirit of Hexa celebrates the undying human spirit, the zeal to do #WhateverItTakes to go beyond conventional measure to achieve perfection- time and time again. The want to surpass even yourself while the world is left in awe. Shot on location in Maharashtra, the rider is on board the new…

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