4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017

Oct 23, 2017 at 8:34
by Vineet Sharma  


India witnessed the fourth edition of the wicked Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival in Manali, where mountain bikers from all around the world ride and race together for one week in the holiday season of the beautiful Himalayan town ‘Manali', aka “The Mountain Biking Capital of India”.

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival winners - www.himalayanmtb.com

Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival which is organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network hosted a BMX Jam session, flagging off the week’s two-wheeled festivities. The weekend included India’s roughest Downhill Mountain Bike Race and a challenging 2-day Cross Country MTB stage race.

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival winners - www.himalayanmtb.com

The concept behind this festival is to bring all the riders together in the best riding destination of India where they can share their riding skills, experiences, and enjoy together. This event has also brought positive change in the young and growing mountain biking community of India where the sport is fairly new and progressing rapidly.

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com
8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com
Himalayan BMX Jam in association with SharpTune from Bombay

The 4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival started on 12th October with BMX Jam in Nehru Park Manali where professional BMX riders from Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Hyderabad showcased their riding skills.

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta
4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy - The biggest DH MTB race of India

Insane action and hair-raising moments summed up the biggest downhill mountain bike race of India – The Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta
4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta

Shuttle at Ski Himalayas Mountain Bike Park - Solang Valley Manali - www.himalayanmtb.com
Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Ski Himalayas MTB Park

The main highlight of Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival is the ‘Himalayan Downhill MTB Trophy’. For 2017, Ski Himalayas Park in Solang, hosted the race once again. Lift up to shred the trail down works well for downhillers globally and India is no exception! Most riders hadn’t visited a gondola equipped park before and made complete use of the weekend at this park in the Himalayas.

Managing Director of Ski Himalayas Ropeway, Mr. Amitabh Sharma, a passionate adventure sports practitioner has been supporting various events in the region and has shown his support towards mountain biking since the early Himalayan Mountain Bike Network events.

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta

Managed by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network, Ski Himalayas Mountain Bike Park is also one of the best DH courses in the subcontinent that will not fail to impress gravity lovers.

1st Himachal Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy 2014 - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Vineet Sharma

This facility is equipped with modern gondola, used to transport downhill mountain bikes of the participants. 26 Downhill Mountain Bikers competed on a technical 2.5 km steep and technical track located on a ski slope.

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta
4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta

This race track is equipped with jumps, drops and natural rock gardens on which the riders from ‘Expert’ and ‘Novice’ category competed.

The race was divided into 2 categories: Expert and Novice.


4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival winners - www.himalayanmtb.com
EXPERTS
/DH
Victory shower by Harith Noah, Winner of 4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy

The Expert Category was won by Harith Noah Veettil from Shornur, Kerala. Piyush Chavan from Pune, Maharashtra came second and Gautam Taode from Pune grabbed third.


4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival winners - www.himalayanmtb.com
NOVICE
/DH
Young gun's from Novice Category ready to enter the new phase of their racing career

The Novice Category was won by Rinku Thakur from Manali. Abhishek Thakur from Manali in 2nd and Aryan Patil from Pune landed a 3rd.

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com
The 8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge (XC Race)

The third event of the Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival was the 8th edition of Himalayan Trails n Dust Mountain Bike Challenge, which is a very demanding cross country MTB race that was conducted on 14th and 15th October.

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com

20 riders from Manali, Kullu, Lahaul, Chandigarh, Shimla, Calcutta, Guwahati, Bombay and Nepal raced on the beautiful singletracks through local villages and forests, sections located in and around Manali.

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com
8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com
Rahul Thakur and Rohit Thakur, the two strong contenders and the future of mountain biking from Manali.

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com

This race also helps participants to check out the local culture which is not visible to the general audience. This XC stage race is by far the most technical mountain bike race of India.

8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival 2017 in Manali organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com
Progression unlimited.

The 8th Himalayan Trails n Dust MTB Challenge was won by Rohit Thakur from Manali, Shiven from Haryana and Rahul Thakur from Manali

All the winners from both the races were given cash prizes and high-end products that were sponsored by Track and Trail, Haul Apparel, Loose Riders India, Ski Himalayas and F-stop Gear.

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival winners - www.himalayanmtb.com

“Himalayan Mountain Bike Photo Contest” was also started this year in association with F-Stop Gear during the festival.

This contest was a shout out to specially invited photographers who competed and displayed their creative skills during the event and made this festival unforgettable.

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - Manali www.himalayanmtb.com
4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - Manali www.himalayanmtb.com

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - Manali www.himalayanmtb.com
4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - Manali www.himalayanmtb.com

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - Manali www.himalayanmtb.com
4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - Manali www.himalayanmtb.com
Himalayan Mountain Bike Photo Contest submissions.

The photographs were judged by Malcolm McLaws; renowned action sports photographer from Canada who has contributed a lot to our sport of mountain biking since its progression days. McLaws also regularly covers prestigious mountain bike events like Crankworx and the Red Bull Rampage and his work has graced many mountain bike and travel magazine covers.

The winners of photo contest Gitesh Gupta from Manali, Kimaya Morye from Pune and Nitin Rawal from Manali were given high-end products by F-Stop Gear.

4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival winners - www.himalayanmtb.com
Ajay Padval's father proudly sitting with #AjayShredForever banner.

The 4th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival also celebrated the life of fellow rider Ajay Padval who lived fast and died young. Ajay was a passionate mountain biker who was missed by all the participants. His parents who always supported were kind enough to be present at the venue to encourage the growing mountain biking community of India.

Next Season:

5th Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival is scheduled for October 2018 which will also see the addition of Enduro Mountain Bike Race “Himalayan Enduro Challenge”. All these events will be organized in the Himalayan town Manali (Himachal Pradesh) where famous mountain bikers like Andi Wittmann, Guido Tschugg, Rene Wildhaber and Steve Storey have left their tread marks. The event is open for all mountain bikers and more updates can be taken from Himalayan Mountain Bike Network website: www.himalayanmtb.com or their official Facebook page.

About ‘Himalayan Mountain Bike Network’

4th Himalayan Downhill Mountain Bike Trophy at Himalayan Mountain Bike Festival - organized by Himalayan Mountain Bike Network - www.himalayanmtb.com Photo Gitesh Gupta

Based in Manali – The Mountain Biking Capital of India, Himalayan Mountain Bike Network is managed by passionate and experienced riders who offer exceptional quality mountain bike tours, camps, MTB races throughout the year, bike trails and park management solutions. By sharing this passion for mountain biking Himalayan Mountain Bike Network strives to provide the best riding experience you can get in the Himalayas.


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