Video: Nepal’s Fastest Mountain Biker

Not all stories are created equal, and that is certainly the case for that of Rajesh (RJ) Magar of Katmandu, Nepal. Growing up in Nepal, RJ, grew up dreaming of becoming a professional mountain biker.

His first bike was purchased used off a friend for $25, and that same bike was later sold for $.90 by his mother out of fear he would never learn to focus in school. But, as passion does, this only motivated him to work harder to pursue the feeling that he quickly found out nothing in life could match: the feeling of rolling downhill on two wheels.

This is the story of passion, perseverance, and a boatload of talent and skill. Check out the video below. -ML

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Kids and bikes; wherever you are in the world, they go together. The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. Since learning to ride on a beat-up clunker, to becoming the four-time National Champion at age 21, RJ’s story is one of boundless childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.

Suggested Donation of $5 to help support RJ and his dream to race in the Enduro World Series:

Joey Schusler

Ben Page & Aidan Haley

Mandil Pradhan & Joey Schusler

Joey Schusler & Ben Page

Aidan Haley

Assistant Editor:
Ben Page

Sound Engineer:
Keith White Audio

Art Direction:
Good Fortune Collective

Motion Design:
Shotgun Infinity

Dylan Hageman

Location Support:
H&I Adventures

Language Coordinator:
Jessica DiCarlo

Nepali Translations:
Mandil Pradhan, Richa Shakya, Yukta Bajracharya, Shristi Shrestha

Supported By:
Yeti Cycles, Fox Shox, Outdoor Research, Enve Composites, Smith Optics, Clif Bar, Maxxis Tires, and H&I Adventures

“Big Om of Tibet” Tibetan Monks, Traditional
“Reshamm”, Nepathya
“Atmos VI”, A Winged Victory for the Sullen
“Taal Ko Pani”, Nepathya
“Daydream (feat. Ashwin Srinivasan)”, Nitin Sawhney
“Mountain Song”, Assaraimasko Dabdabhelio
“Mountain High”, Bipul Chettri