Video: Riding The Untouched Terrain & Unridden Lines of Ladakh, India in 'Dirt Nuggets'

Feb 18, 2023 at 9:51
by Vinay Menon  

Six mountain bikers tread the untouched terrain of Ladakh in India at 3600mts. These riders from across India come from varied walks of life, wide styles of riding, with one thing in common – their love for mountain biking.

Join India’s biggest names in Downhill and Freeride Mountain Biking as they find unridden big mountain descents, untouched trails and carved features.

Their prized finds – ‘DIRT NUGGETS’

Dirt Nuggets is dedicated to our beloved riding buddies Ajay Padval from Maharashtra and Fhzal Wani from Kashmir. Both young shredders lived their lives to the fullest, riding, building trails, winning Downhill races across India and inspiring the wide mountain biking family of India.


\\ Know the riders

Gautam Taode: India’s National Downhill Mountain Biking Champion. Charismatic DH Racer from Maharashtra with the maximum number of podium finishes by any Indian Downhill racer.

Rinku Thakur: Himachal Pradesh based champion Enduro racer and Snowboarder. Asian MTB Enduro Champion (Jr) and Indian National Snowboard Champ with regular podium finishes.

Shahank CK: Bike mech, trail builder and artist from Karnataka who is more about wandering in the forest and building trails than racing tapes.

Skaldan Urgyan: Mountain explorer, artist and thin air breather from Ladakh. Sculpting dirt mounds at Disko Valley Bike Park through the year, Co-Founder of Unexplored Ladakh, Skaldan is all about mega descents and good times.

Gyatso Tundup: Creative professional, Co-Founder of Unexplored Ladakh, Gyatso keeps them treads drifting down slopes of Ladakh during work hours.

Vinay Menon: India’s Freeride Mountain Biking pioneer, sports filmmaker, Vinay has helped spread the Downhill mountain biking religion across India for over two decades. Building progressive features on the hills he rides on, he’s mentored many champion DH racers of India.

Dirt Nuggets - a Mountain Bike film.

Dirt Nuggets is supported by friends and family along with young brands that work closely with India’s mountain biking scene.

* Freerider Mountain Bike eMagazine
* Psynyde Bikes
* Haul Apparel India
* Disko Valley Bike Park
* Unexplored Ladakh
* GT Adventures
* Chain Adventures


Dirt Nuggets - a Mountain Bike film.

Dirt Nuggets - Film Treading the untouched terrain of Ladakh India

Produced & Directed : Vinay Menon
Filming: Vinay Menon, Skaldan Urgyan, Tenzin Jampel, Singey Wangchok, Shashank CK, Gyatso Tundup
Drone Operators: Thinles Gyurmet (Blackfurst Media), Gautam Taode
Photographers: Skaldan Urgyan, Vinay Menon, Singey Wangchok
Editing: Vinay Menon

Dirt Nuggets - Film Treading the untouched terrain of Ladakh India


Author Info:
menon avatar

Member since Jul 12, 2001
22 articles

22 Comments
  • 7 0
 nice edit. more newer frontiers of…free riding…untouched and sometimes super sketch lines. early free riders aught to easily relate to these sessions. thanks a bunch for bringin this to our screens!
  • 2 0
 Thanks shedsidechuck! Glad you liked the film! Smile Some epic places to ride in India!
  • 3 0
 Watching this brings back early freeride memories from the 90's in kamloops with me and my friends climbing up all the local hills and piloting down them. Awesome to see some content from India. Having travelled there in 2017 the lines and possibilities are endless as long as you can survive them! Send it!
  • 1 0
 Hey Thanks @lone-ranger! Smile Bikes, budds and good times!
  • 4 0
 Vinay congrats you made it to the front page ! Nice mix of culture and free ride .
  • 1 0
 Thanks Sshredder! Smile Good times on bikes!
  • 3 0
 These are some stunning lines, and they even look fun to ride, not just in a scary way. Really enjoyed the film, great job all around
  • 1 0
 Thank You @hardtailpunter! Glad you enjoyed the film! Smile
  • 2 0
 Beautiful landscape, awesome lines. Thanks for showing me the riding in this part of the world.
  • 1 0
 Glad you liked the film @ak-77! Thanks budd Smile
  • 2 0
 This film was sick. Great energy from the riders and what a backyard!
  • 1 0
 Thanks @blanshard16! Glad you liked the film!
  • 2 0
 this was sick! Freeride or die!
  • 1 0
 Cheers @amurphy505! Good times!
  • 2 0
 Nice Vinay, so cool to see the scene over there! Avoid them landmines!!!
  • 2 0
 Thank You @alloutprodux! Super stoked you liked the film! Some wild places to ride in India! Smile
  • 2 0
 Good to see my relatives shredding and keeping freeride alive!
  • 2 0
 Hey @RohitSengupta Smile Thanks bro! See on the trails!
  • 1 0
 Super cool to see some content coming out of India, enjoyed seeing a different perspective on riding
  • 1 0
 Let's make sure we find every untouched part of earth and ride on it...‍♂️

  • 2 0
 Adios, dirt nuggets!
  • 1 0
 Wow!!







Copyright © 2000 - 2024. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv42 0.035999
Mobile Version of Website