The Trail Next Door Team: The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017

Feb 28, 2017
by Prateek Singh  
Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Psynyde Bikes' Harith Noah pinning it down the track.

The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 saw riders from all over India and Nepal pinning it for the fastest time down the rocky hill. Team The Trail Next Door rides and has fun with India and Nepal's finest.


Bangalore Mountain Festival sees three mountain sports being celebrated for what they are. A Cross Country Mountain Bike race, A Trail Running race and a Downhill Mountain Bike Race.
I decided to ride my 120mm hardtail and compete in both the XC and DH events. Was able to ride both the races on the same bike, with not such staggering results.


Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
The Nandi Hills of Southern India.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Myself and Varun discussing the track at the top of the hill perhaps. Varun: "That Rock Garden made me go Uuughhh". Me: "You're not on a hardtail"

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Hilltop Conversation for the Fast Guns.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Scott Sports India rider, Piyush Chavan, dropping in for a practice run.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
The rock gardens were gnarly and were getting their share of the action.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Gregory Allya (Greg) was also riding a hardtail. Nailing the Chinnaswami Temple Drop on his brand new Psynyde Bikes 120mm Furan.

India s first female Downhiller
Anissa Lamare is India's first female downhill rider. She was sending it proper on her Scott Voltage hardtail.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Ajay Padval - India

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Piyush Chavan - India

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Ruturaj Bhopatkar - India

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Once the practice and seeding runs were done, it was time to have some dosas, get some sleep and wake up to race day.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Or maybe it was time to go Go-Karting.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Race day. Good vibes and healthy competition all around.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Dropping in.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Anissa Lamare pinning it despite getting injured in a crash during seeding the previous day.

Photo Utkarsh Rao

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
XC? DH? ENDURO? Mountain Bike!

Photo Utkarsh Rao
Psynyde Bikes' Harith Noah blistering down the loose rock into second place.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Yeti Bikes Nepal's, Rajesh Magar is by far the fastest man on a bike in this region. Pinning it to a undisputed win once again.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
I was glad to make it down the track in one piece. I need to move somewhere with mountains real soon.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
A well deserved podium

1st – Rajesh Magar from Nepal riding his 2016 Yeti Cycles SBC (1:31:51)
2nd – Harith Noah from Kerala riding his 2016 YT Industries Capra (1:33:17)
3rd – Ajay Padval from Pune riding his 2007 Iron Horse Bikes 7.7 (1:44:72)
4th – Rugved Thite from Pune riding his 2014 Giant Bicycles Glory (1:45:85)
5th – Piyush Chavan from Pune riding his 2015 Scott bikes Gambler (1:47:37)

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Team The Trail Next Door just hanging around and having fun. Stay tuned for the "Track Attack" video dropping in very soon. We are always on the recon for new places to ride.

Utkarsh Rao
Rugved Thite getting loose on the gap jump

Special Thanks to Utkarsh Rao and Veloscope for the photographs and Bangalore Mountain Festival for Hosting the Trail Next Door team and for all the good times. Let's ride more!

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
Dosas all day, every day. South India means only South Indian delicacies are to be had.

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door
RJ the ripper Steezing it out after bagging the first place on the Podium of the Bangalore Mountain Festival DH Race!

Downhill Dosas - Team The Trail Next Door

Stay tuned for more adventures from #TheTrailNextDoor this year.


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