Aakash Waghmare | Rider Interview

Trials riding is one of mountain biking’s most technical forms of riding. Fact is, trials riding is older than downhill. Being a UCI accepted discipline, trials riding has seen world championships for more than 30 years! Downhill world champs started years after! Trials masters like Hans Rey, Libor Karas, Ryan Leech, Jeff Lenosky, Von Williams to name a few put this style of riding on the screens over time. The youtube generation of riders now have uber creative riders like Danny Mcaskill and Fabio Wibmer for inspiration. Their creative filmmaking…

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Video: Momentum – Ladakh, India

The Higher the altitude, higher the fun! Stands true to the Ladakh region of India. The Unxplored Ladakh crew is always looking for an adventure in their backyard. Sure, with a backyard like theirs, they don’t need to go far! Here’s Skaldan Urgyan, Gyatso Rangjung, Tenzin Jampel, Stanzin, Vinay Menon searching for play zones!  Video: Blackfurst Media   .

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Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2019

One of the highest riding zones of India, Ladakh runs the magnificent Himalayas through its horizon. Known for its mountaineering, bicycle touring, bouldering topography, Ladakh now has a new feather in the cap, the “Disko Valley Bike Park” by Unexplored Ladakh. Ladakh’s first Pump track and Downhill comp at the Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2019 was clubbed with the inauguration of the Disko Valley Bike Park. In its first phase, the Disko Valley Bike Park currently includes a 200mts dirt pump track, table top jumps, a 500mts short track DH…

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Video: 3rd Mokokchung Mountain Bike Festival – Nagaland, India

. Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival is a celebration of traditional roots along with today’s lifestyle. Team “Trail Hounds Cycling Club” from Mokokchung, Nagaland has been hosting a fun gathering of mountain bikers since 2016 in their hometown of Mokokchung, as part of the Hornbill Festival. The 3rd Mokokchung Mountain Bike Festival – Downhill race on the forest slopes, blazed up the generally calm town. A 2kms long trail through the dense forest took the racers over mud steps, hairpin turns and roots, keeping the racer “on the edge” literally, as many…

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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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