Mountain Biking is a growing subculture in India with increasingly more and more takers, of late. Today, you can easily spot an emerging mountain biking community in a lot of major Indian cities. What fueled that fire is a variety of international brands stepping in and providing quality bikes for which the Indian riders were thirsty.
But years before any of these brands were even heard of in our country, a young Vinay Menon came across the sport of mountain biking and decided that he wanted to be a freerider, and he did. Vinay, the pioneer of freeriding in India, inspired many young riders along the way. A few years down the line, Ajay Padval threw his cricket bat and football aside and picked up a mountain bike too. Under the mentorship of Vinay, he also started sharing the vision of being a freerider.
For those who aren’t familiar with the term “Freeride” : It is a discipline of mountain biking closely related to downhill biking and dirt jumping focused on tricks, style and technical trail features. It is now recognized as one of the most popular disciplines within mountain biking.
Recently, these two mountain bikers set off on an adventure to a land tucked away from civilization, hidden from the bipeds into a surreal mountain scape in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh – Spiti. At an altitude of about 4000m, Spiti has many unexplored mountain biking zones.
The past couple of years, Vinay has been wandering in this region, looking for trails and cliffs to ride off of and has started to see more in each visit. Having scouted and dug out trails a few seasons ago, his visit this time was circled up.
Joined by videographer, Kaushik Sinha, Vinay and Ajay drove through the dry landscape, riding some marked and some previously untouched mountains. Camping, living in village homes, bunking in their truck, Spiti kept them powered up for their visit’s entirety.
Huffing up the hill with their bikes followed by drifty descents at altitudes made riding in Spiti interesting! A week of spinning in, Spiti Valley has only shared its dusty crust. What’s hidden in this valley, only time will tell!
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