ABOUT ME

From Pune City, India. Have a college degree in Marketing. Been involved with mountain biking, MX, BMX, the outdoors in general since I was a kid. Love for being in the mountains, soaking the sun, the smell of the soil got me into mountain biking. Photography followed over a few years into riding. Deputy Editor at India’s leading mountain bike/BMX magazine –Freerider Mtn Bike magazine. Co-Founder of the performance bicycle brand – Psynyde Bikes.

Ride a Bike: I’ve been into mountain biking for over 18 years now. All wheel sizes roll for me, 20″ to 700c. Pushing myself everytime I’m on a bike is what gets me charged up! The Ride Life is what I’m breathing right now…

Competition Appearances:
*Indian National XC Championships 2008 – Maharashtra State Team (Pondicherry) – 11th Place.
*Enduro 3 – Adventure Race 2007 (Pune).
*BC Cup Canada 2010 Round 1 & 2.
*Nepal National DH Series 2011: Rd 1 – 6th Place.
*BBCh Downhill Madness 2011 (Bengaluru) – 3rd Place.
*BBCh Downhill Madness 2012 (Bengaluru) – 2nd Place.
*4X Indian National Championships 2012 (Trivandrum) – 5th Place.
*BBCh Downhill Madness 2013 (Bengaluru) – 2nd Place.
*Asia Pacific DH Champs 2013 (Bali, Indonesia) – 8th Place.
*Himalayan DH MTB Trophy 2014 (Manali) – 6th Place.
*Asia Pacific DH Champ 2014 (Bali, Indonesia) – 6th Place.
*Himalayan DH MTB Trophy 2015 (Manali) – 8th Place.
*Kohima DH Challenge 2015 (Nagaland)
*Bangalore MTB Festival 2016 Downhill – 3rd Place.
*Asian Enduro Series 2016 (Nepal) Rd 1 – 12th Place.
*Himalayan DH MTB Trophy 2016 (Manali) – 4th Place.
*Gui’de Geo Park International DH Race 2017 (China) – 10th Place (2X Elite), 11th Place (DH Elite).
*Himalayan MTB DH Trophy 2017 (Manali) – 6th Place.
Featured/Performed:
*FLOW Show (Canada)
*Volkswagen Demo (India)
*TATA Motors TV Commercials (India)
*Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment ‘Hindi Film’ (India)

*Vijaya Productions ‘Tamil Film’ (India)
*Ti Cycles TV Commercials (India)
Magazine/Print Features:
*BIKE Magazine (USA)
*SPOKE Magazine (New Zealand)
*Decline MTB Magazine (USA)
*Freehub Magazine (USA)
*VELO Magazine (Czech Republic)
*DIRT Mountain Bike Magazine (UK)
*Singletrack MTB Magazine (UK)
*Mans World Magazine (India)

Photography / Videography: Started clicking stills of my buddies who form the demented brigade of MotoX and bicycle riders in India. I’ve been capturing MotoX, Mountain biking and BMX for over eight years now. Working with the best Moto and mountain bike athletes of the country, I’ve been able to share the rad times through my lens.

Clients:
TVS Racing
Sherco Racing
AUDI India
KTM India
Haul Apparel
Vans India
Holystoked
Raid De Himalaya
Tour d’Afrique

VILO Events
Mountain Bike Kerala
Veloscope
Himalayan Mountain Bike Network
RESQ (Animal Rescue/NGO)

Trail Building: Riding mountain bikes has made me want to make newer trails with features on the mountains I roll on. I end up spending a decent amount of time digging lines in the landscape. It has also led to designing and making few mountain bike trails for bicycle manufacturers in India.

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13 responses

  1. Varun Hariharan

    hi vinay,
    query about BMX stunting. I would like to have your contact number so that we can talk more about it .thanks.

    regards,
    varun

    December 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM

  2. Oi Vinay,

    Hows it going – just back from Belgium – did the Tour of Flanders yesterday – 212k road bike on cobbles with 22% climbs – hard man – hope alls cool over there – had a great trip with you guys – give me a shout if you’re coming to England – clivesmith7@hotmail.com – laters…..

    April 4, 2011 at 4:23 AM

  3. 🙂

    November 25, 2011 at 3:50 PM

  4. Mukta

    Hey! Had never visited your site before. Should say its awesome! Keep riding n clicking 🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

  5. ala adlington

    hey where did you make the videos in Pune, have bikes with me and want to get out and ride, please get back to me and let me know

    November 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM

  6. Hey man,
    My name is Kirti KM and i live in Navi Mumbai… done a lot of downhill in Colorado but since i’ve been back havent really gottten back into the riding scene…. would love to come along for any sort of a ride… lemme know…also can you give me your email address or number that would be great…

    October 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

  7. Ajay shah

    Dear Vinay,

    Zapped by your pictures and rides. I want to have a word with you. If possible please send me your cell number or give me a call on 9822899966. I am cyclist and have covered Kashmir to Kanyakumari on wheels. Waiting to catch you soon.
    Regards.
    Ajay

    October 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

  8. Hey! Lone-wolf cycling n00b here … moved recently to Pune and ride the Dighi Testing range on weekends. Could you suggest Mountain biking groups active in Pune, fb links etc … I have so far met a sum total of zero people who are into mountain biking 😦
    Your blog is the most relevant online link I have found so far… and the only one to acknowledge the Dighi Range in MTB context !

    October 11, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    • Hey Prakash, gr8 to know u r ridin the Dighi zone!!

      October 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

  9. Hi Vinay, Is it possible to rent a bike there?

    November 11, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    • Hey Munny, renting a bike in Pune is a little narrow at the moment. There are a few guys who conduct rides for corporate groups, they stock few hardtails that can be hired. How many of yall wish to ride? And what kind of riding do you plan on?

      November 11, 2016 at 7:40 PM

  10. S Naocha

    Is it only for downhill or any category of mountain biking.!!

    May 27, 2017 at 11:57 AM

  11. Prateek

    I have known Vinay for years now…. Its a great joy to see him grow stronger in so many spheres of life and the sport..! Wishing you great success, bigger drops, lighter machines, better ‘exposures’, lots of light and some ‘sick’ riding…!

    August 28, 2017 at 4:27 PM

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