Guwahati to witness 1st of its kind Mountain Biking Event

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Guwahati to witness 1st of its kind Mountain Biking Event

G Plus News | September 07, 2018 14:27 hrs

Come 8th and 9th September, Guwahati will witness the biggest and first of its kind mountain biking event right in the middle of the city.

Organized by Spokehub Racing and Trails Next Door, the Assam Downhill Championship 2018 will be the first race of a series of the Mountain Biking races planned across Assam and will see a huge participation of mountain biking enthusiasts from across Northeast India.

The current No 1 ranked rider in the junior category of Asian Enduro Series, Rinku Thakur from Himachal Pradesh will also be competing in the event.

Location: Behind No 1 Masjid, Kotabari, Garchuk Hills.
Seeding Run: 8th September, 10 AM
Final Race Day: 9th September, 10 AM

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  • Owden

    Boots (especially if Mike Vandeman is wearing them) should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to wear boots. It's dishonest of boot lovers to say that they wouldn’t have access to trails closed to boots. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- BAREFOOT! Why isn't that good enough for boot lovers? They are all capable of walking barefoot.... A favorite myth of boot lovers is that boots are no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than bare feet, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. But since I hate bicycles even more than boots, I read all of the research that cyclists cite, and I found – contrary to the conclusions of the scientists who actually did the research – that bicycles have disproportionate and significant negative environmental impacts. And if I repeat that false claim over and over in every forum I can find, maybe people will actually believe that I know more about the science than the scientists. Boot lovers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Boot hiking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. Boot hiking accelerates erosion, creates post hole impacts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? To see exactly what harm boot hiking does to the land, just look at the past 100 years of trail and ecological damage caused overwhelmingly by boot travelers. In addition to all of this, boot traveling is extremely dangerous. It has resulted in countless deaths and injuries to boot travelers and to their rescuers, not to mention the devastating, dangerous wildfires started by boot travelers. The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing boots on trails harms proper park users – barefoot travelers -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks). Activities such as boot hiking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks. Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who aren't as smart as me won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system. Yes, I know I sound like a raving lunatic. And if you don’t like what I have to say, maybe you’d like to say hello to my little pruning saw. https://www.outsideonline.com/1808171/trial-mike-vandeman

  • Mike Vandeman

    Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: https://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297. In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm . For more information: https://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm . The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks). The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks. Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.