One of the highest riding zones of India at 3500m, 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 twinned with the inauguration of the Disko Valley Bike Park. In its first phase, the Disko Valley Bike Park currently includes a 200 metre dirt pump track, table top jumps, a 500 metre short track DH course, a 40ft double jump dedicated to late Ajay Padval. Surrounded by mega mountains on all sides, the Disko Valley will see more features dug up this winter.
Ride clinics in session. New riders learning the intricacies of mountain biking from Unexplored Ladakh's Tenzing Jamphel and India's freeride pioneer, Vinay Menon. Pump Track
Freshly packed dirt and over 40 riders with their race plates got the 200 metre track lit. The Expert Category saw some fast timings. Leh’s local ripper, Sonam Norbu clocked the third fastest time of the day on a borrowed bike! Pune’s Vinay Menon landed a 2nd and Manali’s young blood, Rinku Thakur took the win with his ‘Run 1’ time.
Riding a pump track was a new experience for most riders in Ladakh.
[PI=17782377n]Rinku Thakur from Manali clocked the winning time at the Pump Track Challenge.[/PI]
In Jrs, local lad, Eshem Latif in 1st followed by Stanzin Angchuk in 2nd and 3rd spot, Stanzin Gayfail.
India's bouldering legend, Sandeep Maity took on the Pump track challenge (left).15 year old Palak from Manali kept her speeds up (right).Short Track Downhill
Small hike to the start line got the riders warmed up.
The 500 metre track resembled a slalom course. Berms, tables, drops and even a trench! A new experience for the local spectators, the downhill action kept everyone entertained. Landing into 3rd, Srinagar’s Fhazal Wani, Vinay Menon in 2nd and Manali’s Rinku Thakur took the lead with 44.48 seconds.
After the race dust settled, it was time for the jump session. A free run for everyone, the jump sesh started getting radder pretty quick.
A beginning of things to come, the Ladakh Mountain Bike Festival 2019 marks a stern push to downhill mountain biking and pump track riding in the region.
The 2019 Ladakh MTB Festival was organised by Unexplored Ladakh at Disko Valley Bike Park. Sponsored by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department and LAHDC Leh. Supported by, GraviT Climbing
, Suru Boulder Fest, Haul Apparel India
, Ladakh Bike Shop, Acoustive, All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA), BlackFurst Media, Freeridermag, The Ladakh Story and The Grand Dragon Ladakh.