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Mountain Biking Comes To Nepal



Red Bull is at it again, this time crushing virgin mountain bike trails and teaching locals how to ride in the remote Himalayas.

These trails are made for riding, with mountains shooting 8,000 meters into the sky and dropping into picturesque valleys sparsely populated by people that, for centuries, used shoes as their primary form of transportation.

That is now changing.

Thanks to MTB evangelists such Andrew Shandro and Rene Wildhaber, the Nepalese are now learning how to dig up dirt with their treaded tires. It’s not just a practical means of getting up and down the jagged mountainside – villagers are quickly learning that mountain biking is a incredibly fun thing to do. Villagers are already pulling no-handers off kickers built out of sandbags and dirt, and it may be only a matter of time before they grind up the ranks of the international MTB circuit.

The above video is just one segment of “Strength in Numbers,” a globetrotting documentary sewn together from a full year of adventurous adrenaline-fueled mountain biking footage.

This is just the beginning of MTB in the Himalayas. There is no doubt that the terrain and people here will bring much more to the sport in the years to come.

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