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For city-based downhill mountain biker Ajay Padval, zooming up in the air with the bike and negotiating the slushy, gravelladen terrain is a casual affair.

He rides his bike over a crazy track, filled with rocks and obstacles, and easily gets past them. He jumps and flies up in the air, to get a speed boost to overpower his opponent and wins championships year after year. The 25-year-old downhill fanatic has claimed podium finishes at races held in Gujarat, Bangalore, Manali and Pune. He has also been a body double for actor Salman Khan in the movie Kick. His neighbour introduced me to mountain biking. After that, he watched many videos on YouTube and it excited me. He was 12 and he had never picked a cricket bat. His brother gifted him a BMX and that was his start. He has toured most of India to explore downhill tracks. Recently, he went to Spiti and he biked for more than 3,000 metres. He had breathing issues but he didn’t even consider stopping. Another adventure was at Manali, where it rained heavily but he continued the ride/

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