The Himachal Downhill trophy is an annual race that takes place on the Solang Valley near Manali, the only current trail in India with chairlift access. Riders from all over India flock to Manali along with riders from Nepal and some other parts of the world. This year, the weather played a major role in how the events turned out. The relentless rain played havoc on some riders and came as a blessing to others. The 23 riders battling it out against all odds.
Here's how the action went down.
[PI=12476336 size=h]Matthew Cosgrave from Ireland, pinning it down the course on a rented out Kona Stab with the brakes the other way round and one lever duct taped to the bars.
because downhill!. [/PI]
1 Rajesh Magar - Nepal (Himalayan Rides Banshee) 00:06:01
2 Suman Tamang - Nepal (Gnarly Nepal) 00:06:35
3 Ajay Padval - India (Freerider MTB magazine) 00:06:45
4 James Frampton - United Kingdom (Gravity Assault Tours) 00:06:48
5 Piyush Chavan - India (Scott Sports India) 00:07:12
6 Jeewan Jeet Singh Dhillon - India (Firefox/Trek Bicycles India) 00:07:14
7 Vinay Menon - India (Freerider MTB magazine) 00:07:26
8 Mandil Pradhan - Nepal (Himalayan Rides Banshee) 00:07:28
9 Matthew Cosgrave - Ireland 00:07:40
10 Tashi Dorze Gyamba - India 00:08:25
11 Gautam Taode - India (Giant Starkenn) 00:08:42
12 Shyam Limbu - Nepal (Gnarly Nepal) 00:08:57
13 Dhruv Sharma- India 00:17:31
14 Benjamin Barrett - Australia N/A
[PI=12476517 size=h]The Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival concluded with a banger of a race and an even banger of a party, the photos of which are not available due to the photographer
passing out. [/PI]
Nah, he broke both his flashes while shooting. He slipped two different times, two different trails.
Photos: Shivam Roy l Pinkbike