Video: Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2020

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Staying in isolation, sailing through the nationwide lockdown, 2020 has been low strung for the larger part. With most of the sporting events cancelled this year, the handful of mountain bike events too were hanging on govt permissions. To fuel the joy of downhill mountain bikers in India, Ladakh Tourism Dept waved the green flag for “Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2020” at Disko Valley Bike Park by team Unexplored Ladakh. A select list of racers were invited with logistical support for the attending riders.

 

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The 2nd Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2020 weekend included, an all day session on the slick jumps built at the Disko Valley Park followed by the DH race day on Sunday.

For 2020 Disko Valley Bike Park added multiple new features including step downs, ladder bridge drops, step up jumps for throwing tricks on. The park now also includes intermediate level features for enthusiasts to enjoy along with the existing dirt pump track.

Visiting riders flew in from Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra straight to 3500mts Leh city. After a few days of acclimatization the riders were ready to fill their lungs and tires with thin air. The weekend’s pump track race was clocked for local kids under 16 years of age. With the race times logged, the jump sessions kicked off with riders spending the rest of the day jumping over various features built at Disko Valley Bike Park.

Sunday, race day! A 1.4km long downhill trail was cleared up on the hill adjacent to the bike park. The raw, dry and dusty descent was injected with few berms and single jumps down the way.

The jeep trail sprint section to the finish line determined the winners of the DH finals. Local trail ripper and Unexplored Ladakh co-founder, Skaldan Urgyan landed a 3rd spot while Pune, Maharashtra’s Gautam Taode pulled a second place with his ‘blind race’ game where he’d not do any practice runs before the race and crank it straight up for seeding and finals! The surprise win for the weekend was snatched by Srinagar’s 19 year old Fhzal Wani. Fhzal, like an energizer rabbit kept doing laps down the DH course all weekend and his race timings reflected that very well!

Being the highest altitude downhill mountain bike race of India, the Ladakh MTB Fest downhill race holds a special place for all the visiting riders.

Inspiring young riders, sharing bike tales and pushing each other’s riding level was the tune at the 2nd Ladakh MTB Fest 2020. With the region’s Tourism Dept support and team Unexplored Ladakh’s drive to push mountain biking in Ladakh, 2021 looks promising with the planned larger and brighter event.

Shout to UT LADAKH TOURISM, team Unexplored Ladakh, local and visiting riders, the volunteers who helped make the event possible.

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