There is massive potential to produce world class mountain bike riders from Nepal but unfortunately, they do not receive any support from the government or sporting organisations to further their skills.
Without the facilities and support that western riders can access and receive; it will always be difficult for the Nepali riders to be competitive with the elite western riders.
NCRR’s dream was to create a place and means for Nepali mountain bikers to receive sport-specific coaching, structured training programmes, advice on nutrition and a safe place to train. Which would inspire and help riders to achieve their true potential. With the help from Mountain Biking Worldwide and Cory Wallace this dream has now become a reality.
The NCRR Coaching Centre is now open and hopefully the riders can get to the level needed to become world class athletes and qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
So far, from all of our incredible supporters, we have managed to provide the following;
- secure premises within the Thamel area of Kathmandu for 3 months. The premises have a room where coaching can take place, a training room with basic gym equipment and a toilet & shower room.
- domestic appliances and roof insulation
- financed tutoring for Ajay Pandit Chhetri (who will front the centre) in the science of coaching by TorqFitness UK, enabling him to create training plans, coach and advise on nutrition. We envisage this will be an ongoing learning process
- sourced an at cost smart turbo trainer that can accurately record data, meaning that Ajay can provide accurate and specific coaching based on the individual rider
- fit out the coaching centre with a small kitchen to allow for nutrition following sessions including; blender, kettle, rice cooker, toaster, gas stove and gas, cutlery and crockery
- standard turbo trainers to allow mass indoor structured training
- 1x heart rate monitor to use for fitness testing and training data
- 2x exercise balls, 2x medicine balls to use for strength and conditioning work
The next steps for the NCRR Coaching Centre are to source the following items;
- power cranks to allow accurate testing and training over varied outdoor trails
- further heart rate monitors for testing and training data
- balance boards, and other gym equipment for strength and conditioning
- water heater for the shower
- coffee machine
- nutritional products including protein powder, isotonic drink powder, multi vitamins etc.
Short Term Vision
- at least 1 Nepali mountain bike rider up to the level to be able to compete in the 2020 Olympics
- encourage new riders into the world of mountain biking
- promote mountain biking in Nepal
Long Term Vision
- to create a world class Nepali mountain bike team
- host a coaching centre that is not only for the Nepali National mountain bikers, but that can be easily and readily accessed to anybody needing or wanting the coaching
- promote sport within Nepal
- create job opportunities within the sporting industry
NCRR are always looking for ways to make projects sustainable. For the coaching centre we will be holding 4 sponsored events per year to continue the funding. We will be asking for donations for all riders who use the centre; so that everybody, regardless of financial standings, can access the centre.
One of the sponsored events will be the continuation of Cory Wallace’s Annapurna in 24-hours which will be the yearly mark for the NCRR Training Centre, with another in planning being a fun adventure race hosted by Mountain Biking Worldwide around the Kathmandu valley.
If you can help with any of the above or have anything else that you think would be useful for the centre, then we would love to here from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain Biking Worldwide are donating 1% of any tour costs booked in Nepal to the NCRR Coaching Centre and through the Yak Attack Foundation are encouraging race participants to raise money and awareness for the Coaching Centre.
Cory Wallace, 24 Hour World Champion is a huge supporter of this initiative. He managed to complete a seriously hard-core challenge back in November, 2017 where he cycled the Annapurna circuit (from Besi Sahar – Beni), totalling 220km distance with 6,500m of ascending in just under 24-hours. With all funds raised going towards the NCRR Coaching Centre. He will be redoing this epic challenge vs the Nepali Riders in November 2018!
Through Blackbirds 10c initiative, they have been able to provide financial assistance which has enabled the purchase of a turbo trainer, delivery from the UK and has facilitated the future purchase of much needed training aids.