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Like a Pro - Issue 15 is committed to this! There is the 6 year old young gun Arnav Man Sherchan from Nepal, riding and thinking like a Pro, our newest and youngest team rider. We update you what's up with him, and help him to get in touch with the bike industry. During winter, our other team rider Akshay built a huge jump at Pedalers Village. Like a Pro, he managed that project, from building the ramp to riding it out at the end. Like two Pros, Tobias Woggen and Yohann Barelli rode the Alps in Switzerland, but simply getting on a public bus between the riding spots. Thomas Genon is obviously a Pro, and you can read what he is up to for next season. First year racing is done, with a big shout out to Gautam Chima for organizing the races in Delhi for ATH. He did it like a Pro and will continue this also in 2015. With the Scott helmet and sunglass you look like a Pro, so we do a review on them. Enjoy Issue 15 like a Pro!
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A kindergarden teacher once told me never to say 'NO' ... allow them to just go about doing everything they shouldn't be doing. I still hold on to the principle but with a change in allowing him to attempt all that on his mountain bike, which I would have ideally said NO.
He now never misses his iPad and loves to be out there on the bike!!
MORE ABOUT HIM, IN OUR ISSUE 15 (but will need his iPad to see his story in the magazine :-)
Putting India on the MTB World Map
From electrician to a snowboarder to an MTB rider to a magazine editor. And that list doesn't end there. Chinese resident, Swiss national, Indian born Mesum Verma has travelled far and wide where the sport took him. But for this 39-year-old athlete the umbilical connect with India never faded away. He's played a significant role in growing the MTB scene in India during its nascent years. Heck, he was responsible for getting the legendary grand daddy of the MTB world Hans Rey to India. He currently runs a mountain biking magazine in India: MTB Mag India.
We chat up with him about his journey and India connection.
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XC ELITE Result:
1st Nayangopal Maharjan
2nd Ajay Pandit Chettri
3rd Buddhi Bahadur Tamang
1st Rajesh Magar
2nd Chris Keeling
3rd Shakar Yakthumba
Full Race-Report will come in our next issue!
Filmed in the beautiful Lake city of POKHARA ... a film by GauravMan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Since the age of four Chris Keeling’s passion has been to ride his bikes. Now, aged 15 Chris, is the top downhill mountain biker in Nepal and a co-factory rider for Commencal. He is making a habit of winning races, taking first place in the Megakids Megavalanche race at Alpe d’Huez in 2013, the Nepal Downhill Mountain Bike Championship 2014, the Junior National Cross-Country Championship 2014, and the Palpa Urban Downhill race also in 2014.
His toughest race was taking part along with 1400 other competitors in the 2014 Megavalanche race in France. He finished third in the cadets (under-17) category and 247th overall after managing to overcome the snow and thick mud that defeated many older racers. He loves enduro riding and long distance downhill races and his dream is to one day compete in the Enduro World Series.
He has a British father and Nepali mother and hopes for changes in Nepal’s citizenship laws that will one day allow him to compete for Nepal.
Director / Camera - GauravMan Sherchan
Editor - Gambir Rajkarnikar
Music - Best Day of My Life (American Authors), Cover by Fast Forward Music
Trail Guide - Som champing Rai, Champing Mountain Bike, Pokhara
Assistant - Dipak Rayamajhi
Driver - Surendra Malla
A GauravMan Sherchan film
A Mokshya Production
New Horizon - with the Hardline event, which Dan Atherton pulled out and brought us, what is downhill biking now. Nothing really new, but with the venue they have after Hardline, the original downhill worldcups now seem more like a bikepark trail, than gnarly nasty technical tracks! Our young gun from Chandigarh, Kushagra, is just 15 years old, but is already going big on his bike - have a look at what he has to say about it. The year starts off with the first race in Nepal, the Daran Showdown 2015, which will hold XC and DH Races at Nepal's highest racing level. Mtbmagindia also reaches a new horizon, in that he will have a new brother: mtbmagchina, all in Chinese, and with more Chinese content. We are excited to share more experiences from China, to bring in to India, since there is for example only 30 downhill races per year! Ride on to new Horizon!!
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The story of the creative genius of Dan Atherton and his ambition and drive to build trails that push mountain biking to a new level.
Focusing on the creative genius of Dan and how his drive and determination to build has helped push and inspire his brother and sister to become Downhill World Champions, “Escape. Create.” gives a unique insight into the mind of one of the most creative course designers and builders in Downhill Mountain Biking.
Through interviews with his Mum, Gee and Rach and amazing riding scenes set at some of his most incredible creations, the film explores how from an early age Dan was fascinated by digging and building and how this developed into a desire to build some of the most challenging downhill trails ever seen.
The film hears how Dan’s move to the Dyfi Forest in Mid Wales earlier this year got his creative juices flowing and inspired him to push Downhill Mountain Bike trails to a new level. Speaking of his move, Dan Atherton, said: “It was no longer enough just having dirt jumps in the backyard, I really wanted a blank canvas, an endless mountain range to build downhill tracks for Gee and Rach. And suddenly it was there”
Dan’s brother and current UCI Downhill World Champion, Gee Atherton, said: "Dan is one of the most inspiring people in mountain biking. His vision and determination to create has produced trails I could only ever have dreamt of riding and I know that if it wasn’t for him encouraging me to do new things and push my riding, I wouldn’t be where I am today”.
Dan’s Sister, 2013 UCI Downhill World Cup and World Champion, Rachel Atherton, said: “Dan is so focused on building better trails and pushing the limits its inspiring. The possibilities where he now lives in Mid Wales are endless, it’s such an opportunity for all of us to keep bettering ourselves and I can’t wait to see what he builds next.”
‘Escape. Create.’ is out now. Watch the full film on redbull.com/escapecreate