Video: Strength in Numbers goes to the Himalayas

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The Himalayas form the spectacular backdrop and location for the latest free segment of Strength in Numbers

The guys at Anthill Films have released another section of Strength in Numbers, this one set in the world’s highest mountain bike park, the Himalaya mountains of Nepal and featuring Andrew Shandro and Rene Wildhaber.

There are mountains, and there’s the Himalayas. When India powered into the belly of Asia 50 million years ago, it started the tectonic process that pushed a former seabed five miles (8km) into the upper atmosphere, forming the highest mountains in the world – 14 of them over 26,000ft (8000m).

Andrew Shandro and Rene Wildhaber powering along the high mountain trails of Nepal.

Unlike other well-established freeride playgrounds in Strength in Numbers, there’s a distinct cross-country trail riding feel to this segment, with lots of riding what look like mule tracks above heart-in-mouth drops.

A long way to fall.

That’s because the mountain biking scene in Nepal is still fairly new and small. Walking is the primary form of transportation so there are huge numbers of paths, trails and routes connecting people and places throughout the landscape.

What’s new for the Nepalese is the concept of riding mountain bikes on these trails.  A core group of riders committed sharing the riding experience with all have kick-started the mountain bike community here. As Anthill Films put it: “Their enthusiasm and perseverance reminds us of what it’s like to be part of a movement.”

Without further ado, here’s the Nepal segment of Strength in Numbers.

For more about riding in Nepal see Ride Nepal
For your own copy of Strength in Numbers, visit Anthill Films.

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