As the famous saying goes, “Happiness is a journey not a destination.” When the principal at my school announced a Mountain Biking Camp, I was enthralled to take part in the camp. This was the moment I discovered my passion for mountain biking.
At the camp, we were introduced to our coach Mr. Shyam Limbu, Founder of Gnarly. The camp was a new experience for us, that brought us toe-to-toe with mountain biking. We learned many mountain biking skills such as braking, efficient pedaling, cornering, and handling. We also learnt that mountain biking can be done anywhere from one’s backyard to an off-road track. We biked to many places such as Dakshinkali Temple, Jhor, Kakani, etc.
We were informed about the Prodigy MTB race by our coach, and were taken to its race track for training. We prepared for the race one month in advance. We also started the Triyog MTB group in an attempt to encourage students to join in. The race took place on August 13, 2016. Although I just completed the race, it meant a lot for me. I had also participated in the 75km Kora Challenge but due to a change in track, I had to follow the 100km track and I was successful nonetheless. Completing the 100km was a great achievement for me which made me realize that I could carry on with mountain biking. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to follow through on this hobby.
My journey was unpredictable. I was new to the field of mountain biking. At the beginning, I wasn’t intrigued by mountain biking but the exposure piqued my interest. Participating in the school event ultimately changed my perspective.