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201622 Feb

INDIA-BIKE-WEEK-2016

 

Kick started at Arpora village in north Goa, the fourth iteration of India Bike Week had witnessed thousands of riders migrate in from across domestic and most importantly from international borders like Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and SE Asia, UK and Germany adding IBW to the global calendar of biking festivals across the world. A mecca for riders that provides a new permanent home to celebrate the freedom, independence and rebellion found in riders around the world.

 

Having taken centre stage at the festival on day 1, international Moto Trials legend, Dougie Lampkin said, ‘‘It was an absolutely thrilling experience to have been a part of India Bike Week. Goa is a beautiful place, filled with beautiful people and to top that off the atmosphere here during the festival was simply electric. It was great to see so many motorcycling enthusiasts together and that truly reflected the growing culture for biking in India. I now understand why India Bike Week is mentioned as the ultimate biker’s paradise, and while it is great to see the culture for biking take root in the country, I’m honoured to have been a part.

 

On day 2, as a build-up to the Great Migration, the inaugural parade of the day featured some of the best custom design bikes parade through the festival at the IBW Mod Bike Parade. The Mod bike parade include over 30 riders upon specially designed bike by some of the biggest custom builders in India namely R&G Customs, R H Customs, Moto Exotica and Mean Green Customs amongst others.

 

One of the most exciting event of the festival, the IBW National Stunt Championship, drew to a close awarding few India’s finest talents in the circuit through elimination rounds stretched across the two days. With the event witnessing participation of over 8 teams, the competition featured tough competitions amongst one of the most challenging and disciplined forms of biking. With teams participating from Kerala, Bangalore, Goa and Jaipur, the team from Mumbai called ‘I STUNT’ emerged as the winners of the event.

 

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Day 2 saw the culmination to the much anticipated and India’s first ever official HARD ENDURO event as the DIRTY20 ENDURO CHALLENGE. Unveiling the premiere official Enduro challenge at IBW 2016, Day 1 and Day 2 of the event saw an overwhelming response of over 60 participants through amateur Moto Cross riders across India. Being the premier Hard Enduro event at IBW, the inspiring participation will act as a platform to encourage future riders take up the discipline on a professional level. Bringing alive this high octane motor biking challenge in India and as a highlight to the event, 9yr old Indian motocross riding prodigy, Sarthak Chavan featured as a special guest showcasing his talents through some quick lap-times.

 

Commenting on the closure of the biggest India Bike Week yet, Martin Da Costa, CEO, Seventy EMG said, ‘‘Superseding the previous years, IBW 2016 has been our biggest success story yet. From having arranged the Great Migration ride down biker support system, to having international artists like Dougie Lampkin, to finally organizing new experiential initiatives like the IBW Main Street, we are taking a step closer towards identifying IBW not only as a national brand, but establishing it as a global biking extravaganza. The Indian biking brotherhood is just getting bigger and the overwhelming support that we are receiving at India Bike Week, year on year is a testament to that belief’’.

 

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This year, adding an artistic element to the main event, India Bike Week 2016 featured it’s first ever FILM FESTIVAL. A theatrical event like no other, the competition showcased feature profound travel films from all over the world, bringing together elements central to the rider, the bike and their journey. The films having being judged by renowned personalities like Imtiaz Ali, Gaurav Jani and Pankaj Trivedi, Shweta Jangir of Pune wins in the TWO WHEELER TALKIES category for her film The Motocycalysts while Hari Mohanan of Kerela wins in the MILE STORIES category for his film Invisible Wings.

 

Finally closing the festival on a high, India Bike Week set the tempo through an eclectic lineup of acts from across the spectrum that pleased festival and music junkies alike. The mega culminating act of the evening featured MIDIval Punditz, pioneers of the electronic scene in the country with over 18 years of experience, with their signature fusion style melding electronica and classical Indian melodies.

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