Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers

Mountain Terrain Biking Riders were all set on 1st Oct, 2011 at Ridge and actual riding started just after flag-off at Ridge ground of Shimla... Before we start PHOTO JOURNEY, let's have a look at this video...


Here starts the PHOTO JOURNEY...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : All the riders start from Ridge ground... Move down to Mall road from HPMC shop near Park Cafe and move towards CM Residence...

All the riders start from Ridge ground... Move down to Mall road from HPMC shop near Park Cafe and move towards CM Residence...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : After Falg-Off there was a free ride of 15.5 kilometers, which means timings during this stretch will not be noted and riders can go with conformable pace without any time limitation...

After Falg-Off there was a free ride of 15.5 kilometers, which means timings during this stretch will not be noted and riders can go with comfortable pace without any time limitation...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :Nepali gang on main highway, crossing Sanjauli !!!

Nepali gang on main highway, crossing Sanjauli !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : It's time to take rest after free ride of 15.5 kilometers through Ridge, Mall Road, CM Residence, Governor Residence, St. Bede's Chowk, Sanjauli Chowk, Tunnel, Dhali Bazar, Dhali Bifurcation, Mashobara.... and finally Bakshi Farm was assembly point from where first stage was to start...

It's time to take rest after free ride of 15.5 kilometers through Ridge, Mall Road, CM Residence, Governor Residence, St. Bede's Chowk, Sanjauli Chowk, Tunnel, Dhali Bazar, Dhali Bifurcation, Mashobara.... and finally Bakshi Farm was assembly point from where first stage was to start...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Marshals all set to assist riders at various points on the route... Few of them note down timings when they start and reach final points... and some of them stand on main routes to assure that riders are moving in right direction without any problem....

Marshals all set to assist riders at various points on the route... Few of them note down timings when they start and reach final points... and some of them stand on main routes to assure that riders are moving in right direction without any problem....

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Ohh yeah, it's the right time :) ... Otherwise wrong timing may spoil the game....

Ohh yeah, it's the right time :) ... Otherwise wrong timing may spoil the game....

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Officials and Marshals all set to note down timings of riders for accurate results on 8th day of MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

Officials and Marshals all set to note down timings of riders for accurate results on 8th day of MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Some kind faces smiling for my Camera :)

Some kind faces smiling for my Camera :)

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :First stage of 17.2 kilometers completes at Bekhulti after Dak Bunglow...

First stage of 17.2 kilometers completes at Bekhulti after Dak Bunglow...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : A Nepali rider reaching final of stage-1 of day-1 at Bekhulti !!

A Nepali rider reaching final of stage-1 of day-1 at Bekhulti !!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Rider Number 108, Mr. Darshan, an interesting person posing specially for the final point of stage-1 of first day of MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

Rider Number 108, Mr. Darshan, an interesting person posing specially for the final point of stage-1 of first day of MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Somehow this fellow was much relaxed just before the final point of Stage-1, while he should been more aggressive (in my opinion :)

Somehow this fellow was much relaxed just before the final point of Stage-1, while he should been more aggressive (in my opinion :) )

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Did this Marshal say the same thing ???

Did this Marshal say the same thing ???

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Mr. Sudhir Chauhan reaching final line of Stage-1 of first Day in MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

 Mr. Sudhir Chauhan reaching final line of Stage-1 of first Day in MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Actions are important while getting clicked :) ... Everyone has his/her own style and there is no harm is showcasing the same.... Some of the riders chose to stunt in front of Cameras...

Actions are important while getting clicked :) ... Everyone has his/her own style and there is no harm in showcasing the same.... Some of the riders chose to stunt in front of Cameras...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Bekhulti was Lunch point as well and after that there was a small uphill of 2 Kilometers to Kathalri...

Bekhulti was Lunch point as well and after that there was a small uphill of 2 Kilometers to Kathalri...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Did I forget to mention about my Lunch... How can I :)

Did I forget to mention about my Lunch... How can I :)

On First day I was with officials in their jeep who had to go ahead to plan things on stage points... For the same reason, we crossed beverages cab and had no lunch on Day-1 !!! But this was not new to me, as I  have seen all such things in MTB 2010 as well :)

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :

More riders joining for Lunch at Bekhulti station where Marshals were ready for flying finish of Stage-1 of Day-1 at Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal Pradesh 2011 !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Here is the point at Bekhulti where all Marshal was appointed to note correct timings of each rider, offer them drinks, snacks... Snacks and drinks on the way were only allowed for rider and Marshal couldn't dare to have a single piece...

Here is the point at Bekhulti where all Marshals were appointed to note down correct timings of each rider, offer them drinks, snacks... Snacks and drinks on the way were only allowed for riders and Marshals couldn't dare to have a single piece of it...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Since Stage-1 is over, now it's time to move inside Stage-2 before riders starts from Kathalri !!!

Since Stage-1 is over, now it's time to move towards Stage-2 before riders start from Kathalri !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Day-1, lots of chaos... No one was clear about the duties... Few were clear but they were confused by over confident people around... Anyway, not much mismanagement... Final thing was yet to come at Camp !!!

Day-1, lot of chaos... No one was clear about their duties... Few were clear, but they were confused by over confident people around...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :

At least three bike Marshals were appointed in a Stage of 15 kilometers... Apart from Marshals, Rescue vans also kept track of Riders...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Kathialri : Stage-2 : Day-1 : MTB Himachal 2011

Kathialri : Stage-2 : Day-1 : MTB Himachal 2011

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Second stage started after some delay as Marshal's team was not very well prepared for smooth start... During the last minutes, some of the riders were really bored of waiting for their turn... Anyway, everyone started and second stage on first day was too much.... Downhill was very challenging...

Second stage started after some delay, as Marshal's team was not very well prepared for smooth start... During the last minutes, some of the riders were really bored of waiting for their turn... Anyway, everyone started and second stage on first day was too much.... Downhill was very challenging...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Here is the landmark from where Stage-2 started ....

Here is the landmark from where Stage-2 started ....

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :Second Stage was a real test of riders and some of the weekend riders quit after Stage-2 ... Weekend riders are those who join MTB Himachal for two days only and go back on second day evening, which is Sunday !!! Basically they don't participate in the challenge where timings are noted to conclude winners of different categories... Non weekend riders can't take any help during 8 days and if they do, they are disqualified... I guess, in worst cases, they can get lift during free rides....

Second Stage was a real test of riders and some of the weekend riders quit after Stage-2 ... Weekend riders are those who join MTB Himachal for two days only and go back on second day evening, which is Sunday !!! Basically they don't participate in the challenge where timings are noted to conclude winners of different categories... Non weekend riders can't take any help during 8 days and if they do, they are disqualified... I guess, in worst cases, they can get lift during free rides....

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : 'The Old FYogis' - this is what I only know about these folks :) ... I hardly got a chance to interact with these folks, who were there in a group of 6-8... Extremely passionate folks with smiles on their faces

'The Old FYogis' - this is what I only know about these folks :) ... I hardly got a chance to interact with these folks, who were there in a group of 6-8... Extremely passionate folks with smiles on their faces :)

Amitabh who is on left, is winner of Masters... Amitabh Pandey scored 1st position leading Dattre Pandit Patil with the time difference of 6hrs

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Health checkup of your bike is extremely important and that's what these riders do whenever possible....

Health checkup of your bike is extremely important and that's what these riders do whenever possible....

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :

Riders regularly get snacks and drinks to keep the energy high during the day... This time HASTPA was able to manage sponsors like HPMC Juices, Gatorade, Nature Valley etc... So riders were regularly provided juices, energy drinks/snacks with water... At times water was not available, which was most critical but it was all due to chaotic movement of vehicles carrying beverages...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Kathalri is a wonderful village under blue sky with lovely weather... I hope that colors in above photograph are enough to explain about this beautiful village...

Kathalri is a wonderful village under blue sky with lovely weather... I hope that colors in above photograph are enough to explain about this beautiful village...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Kathalri village... She was in cabbage fields and after some time of work in the fields she decided to enjoy the Mountain Terrain Bikers who were about to start Stage-2 from her village...

Lady on hill top of Kathalri village... She was in cabbage fields and after some time of work in the fields she decided to enjoy the Mountain Terrain Bikers who were about to start Stage-2 from her village...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Here is a photograph with lady on hill top and all the riders waiting for Marshal call...

Here is a photograph with lady on hill top and all the riders waiting for Marshal call...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Getting appropriate eatables on the way is must... Riding on such difficult terrains really needs lot of energy...

Getting appropriate eatables on the way is must... Riding on such difficult terrains really needs lot of energy...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Popesco Andre Deplechin - MTB Himachal 2010 winner in Master Category... A Very passionate rider who can be seen talking to each n every rider in the troupe... Do watch his dance steps, keep watching this place... It was camping site on 4th night @ Kullu Sarahan, where we learned Himachal Natti an performed really well !!!

Popesco Andre Deplechin - MTB Himachal 2010 winner in Master Category... A Very passionate rider who can be seen talking to each n every rider in the troupe... Do watch his dance steps, keep watching this place... It was camping site on 4th night @ Kullu Sarahan, where we learned Himachal Natti an performed really well !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Nepalies, Army riders and few from professional category used to run so fast that others couldn't digest... How these folks can go so fast even in first lap of the stage... But that was the truth... Especially weekenders were lot worried to see this folks who fly...

Nepalies, Army riders and few from professional category used to run so fast that others couldn't digest... How these folks can go so fast even in first lap of the stage... But that was the truth... Especially weekenders were lot worried to see this folks who fly...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Can you imagine the speed which is making the whole environment full of dirt... I was travelling in car and if Nepalis and Army rider go 1 minute ahead of us, it was impossible to catch them during the stage... So to click photographs of Nepalies, I had to be ahead of these folks to catch at right place...

Can you imagine the speed which is making the whole environment full of dirt... I was travelling in car and if Nepalis and Army rider go 1 minute ahead of us, it was impossible to catch them during the stage... So to click photographs of Nepalies, I had to be ahead of these folks to catch at right place...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Another Photograph from Kathalri where Mr. Boon is restarting Stage-2 with all official formalities...

Another Photograph from Kathalri where Mr. Boon is restarting Stage-2 with all official formalities...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :Stage-2 on first day of MTB Himachal was very difficult and one has to be technically very strong to complete on this stage... One of the rider was not able to control his bike after a steep downhill... After steep downhill, he had to turn right and he couldn't manage to do so... Above photograph shows the place where he had fallen... and we were not able to see him or his bike...

Stage-2 on first day of MTB Himachal was very difficult and one has to be technically very strong to complete on this stage... One of the rider was not able to control his bike after a steep downhill... After steep downhill, he had to turn right and he couldn't manage to do so... Above photograph shows the place where he had fallen... and we were not able to see him or his bike...

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : I reached at this point after 20 mintues and by looking at this valley, my first reaction was - 'Where is the rider' ... And BIG thanks to rescue team who recovered him in few minutes after the accident... Another good thing is that all the rider in MTB Himachal needs to wear helmets, which proved as a big life saver for this rider !!!

I reached at this point after 20 mintues and by looking at this valley, my first reaction was - 'Where is the rider' ... And BIG thanks to rescue team who recovered him in few minutes after the accident... Another good thing is that all the rider in MTB Himachal needs to wear helmets, which proved as a big life saver for this rider !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Here is a photograph of rescue folks getting his bike up... although it was end of biking for him but he assured to come back next year and complete Mountain Terrain Biking in Himlayas !!!

Here is a photograph of rescue folks getting his bike up... although it was end of biking for him but he assured to come back next year and complete Mountain Terrain Biking in Himlayas !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com :12.9 Kilometers - Kathalri  :: Sarog School with a little water pond on right :: Bus Shed on left after few kilometers :: Walnut Tree and a House was final point of Stage -2 on Day-1 MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

12.9 Kilometers - Kathalri  :: Sarog School with a little water pond on right :: Bus Shed on left after few kilometers :: Walnut Tree and a House was final point of Stage -2 on Day-1 MTB Himachal 2011 !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Starting of Stage-3, which was sort of very aggressive and riders were quite unhappy with the decision of Stage-3 on Day-1 and even after a very difficult downhill in Stage-2 !!!

Starting of Stage-3, which was sort of very aggressive and riders were quite unhappy with the decision of Stage-3 on Day-1 and even after a very difficult downhill in Stage-2 !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : Before Stage-3, there was a free ride of 14.3 Kilometers... It was a uphill on Tarmac road and a bit of downhill...

Before Stage-3, there was a free ride of 14.3 Kilometers... It was a uphill on Tarmac road and a bit of downhill...

Stage-3 :: 14.1 Kilometers 

Gadha Kufar - Camping Ground !!!

Mointain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011 - Day1 : Shimla to Ghada Kufar : 76 Kilometers : Posted by VJ Sharma on www.travellingcamera.com : After having no lunch during the day, it was time for me to have some snacks and early dinner... As I was done with dinner, I started finding person who was allotting tents ... And as I met him, he had nothing for me :) ... I was not surprised as all ... Good part was that I was not alone.. There were around 10 marshals who had no clue of tents that night... All of us spent some time near bonfire and then Mr. Aneesh arranged one tent where most of us relaxed during the night...

After having no lunch during the day, it was time for me to have some snacks and early dinner... As I was done with dinner, I started finding person who was allotting tents ... And as I met him, he had nothing for me :) ... I was not surprised as all ... Good part was that I was not alone.. There were around 10 marshals who had no clue of tents that night... All of us spent some time near bonfire and then Mr. Aneesh arranged one tent where most of us relaxed during the night...

Overall mismanaged things spoiled Day-1 for me and even I was not sure if I would be continuing after day2 or not... But my commitment said NO to that thought !

Anyway, keep watching this place to know about next 7 days of Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011...

Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels. 

 
More Photographs of the event to come... So keep watching this place and get in touch at VJ@travellingcamera in case of more information about this event !!!

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After wonderful stay at Kullu Sarahan, it was time to move ahead with new challenges. This was a long day for us due to lot many reasons... Let's have this PHOTO JOURNEY of first half of Day-5 during Mountain Terrain Biking, Himachal Pradesh 2011...Journey started through lovely landscapes and Apple Orchards... This was a steep downhill till Baghipul... This road was very rough and turns were really dangerous.First stage started from Sarahan School and finished at Baghipul junction. Then there was free ride till water junction and had to start second stage of 5th day during MTB Himachal 2011.Media folks settled inside various fields of chalai and Apple orchards to have some creative video shots... Here Mr. Rohit waiting for a rider to come ...After few second all of them suddenly crossed us and many of us were busy in settling cameras...This day we walked for approximately 4 kilometers to try various shots at different places. While reached near our car, we got to know that it's tyre has come out and need to get in touch with mechanics. Without giving second thought, we kept clicking till the point we could catch riders...Here Mr. Padam Subba, captain of Nepal team !!!Some of the villagers came up to the road for seeing all these cycle riders and some of them stopped our cars to let us know that Himachal Government is ignoring this region and requested to bring it to their notice that only bus to these villages has stopped coming. It was really strange to hear that only bus on this stretch of 13 kilometers had stopped coming.One of the MTB Himachal rider crossing chalai fields on the way to Baghipul from Kullu-Sarahan... The yellow crop in the background is called Chalai. This particular thing is considered as a good stuff for keeping the body warm. This region gets snow early during the winters and it's important to have such crops.Mr. Andre, champion of MTB Himachal 2010 masters... Unfortunately his bike skit over a stone and he got injured and couldn't continue. This happened during stage one only, between Sarahan to Baghipul. He was leading masters till this point.A framer going to his fields with all the equipments for plowing and stopped on roadside to see these riding flying at their village.Since our car had left ahead as it needed some service, we had to catch another car of some official. After some shots near a small village on the way, we stopped one of the official car and came down to Baghipul. One of the other rider was fixing the Tyre of his bike on the way... During MTB Himachal, some mechanics remain on the terrain but many times riders have to fix the minor problems to avoid the time lapse due to locating a mechanic and getting the problem fixed by him.MTB Rider crossing through an apple orchard near Baghipul. This whole areas has lots of apples orchards. and most of the families around these villages are dependent on agriculture only. After reaching Baghipul, we got to know that our car will be fixed in next 1 hour.Rather than waiting for an hour in car or around Baghipul market, we thought of going towards Shrikhand river and have bath in chilled water. Sunlight was our hope to have  a bath in this chilled water coming from snow covered Shrikhand mountain range.These were some of the wonderful moments of MTB Himachal... More Photographs of the event to come... So keep watching this place and get in touch at VJ@travellingcamera in case of more information about this event !!!




After wonderful stay at Kullu Sarahan, it was time to move ahead with new challenges. This was a long day for us due to lot many reasons... Let's have this PHOTO JOURNEY of first half of Day-5 during Mountain Terrain Biking, Himachal Pradesh 2011...Journey started through lovely landscapes and Apple Orchards... This was a steep downhill till Baghipul... This road was very rough and turns were really dangerous.First stage started from Sarahan School and finished at Baghipul junction. Then there was free ride till water junction and had to start second stage of 5th day during MTB Himachal 2011.Media folks settled inside various fields of chalai and Apple orchards to have some creative video shots... Here Mr. Rohit waiting for a rider to come ...After few second all of them suddenly crossed us and many of us were busy in settling cameras...This day we walked for approximately 4 kilometers to try various shots at different places. While reached near our car, we got to know that it's tyre has come out and need to get in touch with mechanics. Without giving second thought, we kept clicking till the point we could catch riders...Here Mr. Padam Subba, captain of Nepal team !!!Some of the villagers came up to the road for seeing all these cycle riders and some of them stopped our cars to let us know that Himachal Government is ignoring this region and requested to bring it to their notice that only bus to these villages has stopped coming. It was really strange to hear that only bus on this stretch of 13 kilometers had stopped coming.One of the MTB Himachal rider crossing chalai fields on the way to Baghipul from Kullu-Sarahan... The yellow crop in the background is called Chalai. This particular thing is considered as a good stuff for keeping the body warm. This region gets snow early during the winters and it's important to have such crops.Mr. Andre, champion of MTB Himachal 2010 masters... Unfortunately his bike skit over a stone and he got injured and couldn't continue. This happened during stage one only, between Sarahan to Baghipul. He was leading masters till this point.A framer going to his fields with all the equipments for plowing and stopped on roadside to see these riding flying at their village.Since our car had left ahead as it needed some service, we had to catch another car of some official. After some shots near a small village on the way, we stopped one of the official car and came down to Baghipul. One of the other rider was fixing the Tyre of his bike on the way... During MTB Himachal, some mechanics remain on the terrain but many times riders have to fix the minor problems to avoid the time lapse due to locating a mechanic and getting the problem fixed by him.MTB Rider crossing through an apple orchard near Baghipul. This whole areas has lots of apples orchards. and most of the families around these villages are dependent on agriculture only. After reaching Baghipul, we got to know that our car will be fixed in next 1 hour.Rather than waiting for an hour in car or around Baghipul market, we thought of going towards Shrikhand river and have bath in chilled water. Sunlight was our hope to have  a bath in this chilled water coming from snow covered Shrikhand mountain range.These were some of the wonderful moments of MTB Himachal... More Photographs of the event to come... So keep watching this place and get in touch at VJ@travellingcamera in case of more information about this event !!!






After wonderful stay at Kullu Sarahan, it was time to move ahead with new challenges. This was a long day for us due to lot many reasons... Let's have this PHOTO JOURNEY of first half of Day-5 during Mountain Terrain Biking, Himachal Pradesh 2011...Journey started through lovely landscapes and Apple Orchards... This was a steep downhill till Baghipul... This road was very rough and turns were really dangerous.First stage started from Sarahan School and finished at Baghipul junction. Then there was free ride till water junction and had to start second stage of 5th day during MTB Himachal 2011.Media folks settled inside various fields of chalai and Apple orchards to have some creative video shots... Here Mr. Rohit waiting for a rider to come ...After few second all of them suddenly crossed us and many of us were busy in settling cameras...This day we walked for approximately 4 kilometers to try various shots at different places. While reached near our car, we got to know that it's tyre has come out and need to get in touch with mechanics. Without giving second thought, we kept clicking till the point we could catch riders...Here Mr. Padam Subba, captain of Nepal team !!!Some of the villagers came up to the road for seeing all these cycle riders and some of them stopped our cars to let us know that Himachal Government is ignoring this region and requested to bring it to their notice that only bus to these villages has stopped coming. It was really strange to hear that only bus on this stretch of 13 kilometers had stopped coming.One of the MTB Himachal rider crossing chalai fields on the way to Baghipul from Kullu-Sarahan... The yellow crop in the background is called Chalai. This particular thing is considered as a good stuff for keeping the body warm. This region gets snow early during the winters and it's important to have such crops.Mr. Andre, champion of MTB Himachal 2010 masters... Unfortunately his bike skit over a stone and he got injured and couldn't continue. This happened during stage one only, between Sarahan to Baghipul. He was leading masters till this point.A framer going to his fields with all the equipments for plowing and stopped on roadside to see these riding flying at their village.Since our car had left ahead as it needed some service, we had to catch another car of some official. After some shots near a small village on the way, we stopped one of the official car and came down to Baghipul. One of the other rider was fixing the Tyre of his bike on the way... During MTB Himachal, some mechanics remain on the terrain but many times riders have to fix the minor problems to avoid the time lapse due to locating a mechanic and getting the problem fixed by him.MTB Rider crossing through an apple orchard near Baghipul. This whole areas has lots of apples orchards. and most of the families around these villages are dependent on agriculture only. After reaching Baghipul, we got to know that our car will be fixed in next 1 hour.Rather than waiting for an hour in car or around Baghipul market, we thought of going towards Shrikhand river and have bath in chilled water. Sunlight was our hope to have  a bath in this chilled water coming from snow covered Shrikhand mountain range.These were some of the wonderful moments of MTB Himachal... More Photographs of the event to come... So keep watching this place and get in touch at VJ@travellingcamera in case of more information about this event !!!


After wonderful stay at Kullu Sarahan, it was time to move ahead with new challenges. This was a long day for us due to lot many reasons... Let's have this PHOTO JOURNEY of first half of Day-5 during Mountain Terrain Biking, Himachal Pradesh 2011...Journey started through lovely landscapes and Apple Orchards... This was a steep downhill till Baghipul... This road was very rough and turns were really dangerous.First stage started from Sarahan School and finished at Baghipul junction. Then there was free ride till water junction and had to start second stage of 5th day during MTB Himachal 2011.Media folks settled inside various fields of chalai and Apple orchards to have some creative video shots... Here Mr. Rohit waiting for a rider to come ...After few second all of them suddenly crossed us and many of us were busy in settling cameras...This day we walked for approximately 4 kilometers to try various shots at different places. While reached near our car, we got to know that it's tyre has come out and need to get in touch with mechanics. Without giving second thought, we kept clicking till the point we could catch riders...Here Mr. Padam Subba, captain of Nepal team !!!Some of the villagers came up to the road for seeing all these cycle riders and some of them stopped our cars to let us know that Himachal Government is ignoring this region and requested to bring it to their notice that only bus to these villages has stopped coming. It was really strange to hear that only bus on this stretch of 13 kilometers had stopped coming.One of the MTB Himachal rider crossing chalai fields on the way to Baghipul from Kullu-Sarahan... The yellow crop in the background is called Chalai. This particular thing is considered as a good stuff for keeping the body warm. This region gets snow early during the winters and it's important to have such crops.Mr. Andre, champion of MTB Himachal 2010 masters... Unfortunately his bike skit over a stone and he got injured and couldn't continue. This happened during stage one only, between Sarahan to Baghipul. He was leading masters till this point.A framer going to his fields with all the equipments for plowing and stopped on roadside to see these riding flying at their village.Since our car had left ahead as it needed some service, we had to catch another car of some official. After some shots near a small village on the way, we stopped one of the official car and came down to Baghipul. One of the other rider was fixing the Tyre of his bike on the way... During MTB Himachal, some mechanics remain on the terrain but many times riders have to fix the minor problems to avoid the time lapse due to locating a mechanic and getting the problem fixed by him.MTB Rider crossing through an apple orchard near Baghipul. This whole areas has lots of apples orchards. and most of the families around these villages are dependent on agriculture only. After reaching Baghipul, we got to know that our car will be fixed in next 1 hour.Rather than waiting for an hour in car or around Baghipul market, we thought of going towards Shrikhand river and have bath in chilled water. Sunlight was our hope to have  a bath in this chilled water coming from snow covered Shrikhand mountain range.These were some of the wonderful moments of MTB Himachal... More Photographs of the event to come... So keep watching this place and get in touch at VJ@travellingcamera in case of more information about this event !!!



Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.


Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.


Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.


 
Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.

Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.


Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.


Final day of 'Mountain Terrain Biking Himachal 2011' started from Dhomri, which is one of the popular places for skiing in Himachal Pradesh. It's near to Narkanda and nice place surrounded by high cedars. Temperature was very low in the morning and day was bit lazy as compared to other 7 days...As you can see, sun has started touching camping ground but still many folks are inside the tents. Narkanda is nearby market and some of the folks wanted to have nice tea, which was obviously not available at camps :) ... During this time I was alone as my gang was also in market to have some snacks and morning tea...After leaving Dhomri, we followed main highway to reach the starting point of only stage of 8th day. On final day, there was only single stage and it was same as that of starting stage of MTB 2010/2011. Since we had to go via main highway, the roads were jammed due to some political rally. Actually we crossed starting point and thought of entering into the stage from the other end as Final Flying finish was more important... After fighting with traffic at Dhali, we reached Mashobara and had to wait for some time. During that time we visited one of the resort there, to meet one of the friends.Soon after we heard some noise in air and reached back at flying finish point.Above photograph shows the winner literally flying on top of Finish line of MTB Himachal 2011. Now I know, why they call it flying finish. This was the first group to hit the flying finish on final day.Most of the riders were happy with mixed emotions about this whole race and others had already started thinking about offices. Anyway, everyone was now more involved in activities like - Photo-shoots, email/cell-number exchanges etc. Everyone wanted to be in touch with others and photographs were best way for keeping these memories alive.Here is another troop with two folks who broke their arms on the way of MTB Himachal 2011. Mr. Andre, on extreme right, was winner of MTB Himachal 2010 Masters. Since he had to quit this time, Amitabh won this time. Amitabh is second person from left, who won Masters of MTB Himachal 2011.Few more folks joined in ... Mr Rohit making them cheer :)MTB team was mostly worried about their banners and branding posters, which are important to have money :) ... So here is one photograph with MTB 2011 banner. This was the time when every rider just wanted to reach at their Hotels in Shimla. Everyone wanted to have some rest now...Finally everyone started the free ride from Mashobara to Ridge through Sajauli and IGMC. This photograph was clicked where Mashobara road hits main highway again.Now all of them needed to ride in high traffic areas, markets... and this one is at Dhali !!! I was on a motorbike and scared of the situation when 100 odd riders were on the road and the traffic was not very disciplined. This is one of the very difficult problem on hills and dangerous as well.Rider crossing Saljauli Market... From Sanjauli Chowk, we had to move towards Indira Gandhi Medical College, which leads to Lakkar Bazar and then Ridge. On reaching Ridge, plan was to have a quick ceremony to announce winners and exposure to media.But Marshal who were guiding this group got a signal from Ridge that preparations are slow and they need more time. Now, it was their headache to manage the delay :) ... So many times these riders were stopped on the way, to make sure that we reach just in time. Although many folks were annoyed...After a break we again started. This shot was taken near Shimla College which comes on the way from Sanjauli to Ridge. This was a wonderful road and there was a time when people used to rent out a cycle from lakkar Bazar to have a round till Sanjauli chowk and come back. Now cycles on rent are not available, but people still prefer to walk on this road.Anyway, this kafila was about to reach IGMC and everyone stopped. And this was final halt of 45 minutes because preparation on ridge were not done. But for of the folks it a good opportunity to show some cycle stunts on wide roads of Shimla.And why motorbikes should stay behind !!! Aneesh also tried some stunts, but still riders wanted to move towards Ridge and wanted to have some rest at their hotels.


Please keep in mind that I was not a rider in this event and can't comment anything about the difficulty level of these stretches... If I have mentioned anything about the same, that's my personal opinion and feel free to correct me...

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