The 4th Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge

India – a big country with many highlights Although I have been living in India for almost ten years now, I have still not been able to discover the whole of India. Very often I return to places that I particularly liked, or I travel with my tour groups, whereby my guests usually travel on […]

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Hero MTB Himalaya vs. Sigma Bike Transalp – a comparison

For the third time I took part in the stage race MTB Himalaya through the Indian Himalayas. This time even I got on 3rd position in the women category. On this blog I have already reported extensively about my race participations in 2015 and 2016. The race was quite similar again this year, regarding organization […]

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Mountain bike racing and running a business

– The context What do my participations in mountain bike races and the management of my tour company Chalo Travels!  in common? Well, much, it seems, if one reads the article “Mountain biking forces you to step outside your defined comfort zone”. Here the journalist Shail D reports about me, my mountain bike life in […]

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Mountain biking in India vs. Europe -A comparison

I started mountain biking in India: the Himalayas with their long ascents and descents, bad roads and wonderful mountain trails simply offer the perfect conditions for this sport. A road bike would be out of place here and so I sat down on a mountain bike for the first time eight years ago for a […]

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From the Himalayas to the Alps to the Harz mountains- through the mountains of the world by mountain bike

I had survived my Transalp adventure well. After a few nice (and hot) days with the family, it was time for me for a new “mountain bike experience” in Germany. The North German participants of the Transalp all raved about the highest German low mountain range, the Harz. Since the Harz is also only about […]

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Mountain bike workshop at an Indian girls school

I have been living in India for seven years and have been doing mountain biking as a regular hobby, challenging sport and out of deep passion. While a lot has developed in the Indian cycling Industry in the past and there is now a growing mountain bike community, it is unfortunately still the case that […]

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How I rediscovered my passion for mountain biking

I’m back: On the saddle of my sparkling UT Edge mountain bike almost every day and if not during a training trip or a race, then at least I’m mentally planning training rides, looking for races, developing suitable recipes… or, or, or. Since my life is about mountain biking in India, training in India, Indian […]

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MTB Himalaya- A multi-day mountain bike stage race in the Indian Himalayas

We organize Race packages inclusive of a Mini India Trip at the end. I can’t avoid it. There is simply this indelible thirst in me for adventure, nature, mountains, experience and physical challenge. All these components and so much more are include in the hard nine-day Hero MTB Himalaya mountain bike race,which I had already […]

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My Homemade Energy Balls- “MTB Laddus”

Delicious, easy to male without baking and healthy! Due to my quite extreme activities in mountain biking and mountain sports, I often need a fast energy source. Especially during several-hour mountain bike races without a stopover, but also during a mountain expedition, it is important that I always have a small supply of high-caquitonic food […]

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Day trip by (push) bike from Manali to Jalori Pass (3240 m)

Since I’ve been living in the Indian Himalayas (now it’s been four years), mountain biking is my great passion. Even then in German,y I was riding a lot by bike, but used the two-wheeler to commute and followed sports like swimming and running. Well, here in the beautiful Kullu valley, which is located at 2000 […]

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Mountain Biking Tour and Race: Manali-Keylong- Manali

Three days of intensive mountain biking in the high mountain desert of Lahaul Keylong is the district capital of the beautiful high mountain valley of Lahaul. The name “capital” is somewhat exaggerated. Locals even call Keylong a village. I would call it a small town. The name Keylong derives from the Keylong towering snow-capped “killing […]

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Mountain biking and India? What’s happening on the Indian subcontinent

Shimla, once part of the Nepalese kingdom, later summer capital of the British and now university town and mountain bike stronghold! The queen of the so-called Indian Hillstations is the capital of the mountain state Himachal Pradesh and is located at 2100 meters above sea level on a ridge in the foothills of the Himalayas. […]

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The Hell Race in Bir

Well, for me the so-called mountain bike “Hell Race” was more of a heavenly race: great track, beautiful nature, no fall, nice people and the first place in the women’s category! What more could I ask for? The one-day race took place in the Dhauladhar mountain range between the two tourist resorts of Manali and […]

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The world’s third toughest mountain bike race: MTB Himalaya in India

A report by the participant Sarah Appelt (more information about the Hero MTB Himalaya race) A Total of 9 days, 7 race days, 630 km, 15000 meters of altitude, 68 participants. These are the facts of the 11th Hero MTB Himalaya, which was held on from September 26th till Oktober 4th 2015. But these facts […]

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Cross Country Mountain Biking Race in Manali

The organized “Himalayan Trails and Dust Mountainbiking Challange” has been running every year for five years and I managed to participate at all, besides last year. The level of the race has improved significantly over the last five years. Of course cows still run infront of the bike and  I was the only female participant […]

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