As a (hopefully regular) reader of this column, chances are that you're a mountain-biking enthusiast and that you occasionally watch footage on TV or the internet _ outside office hours, of course! _ of professional riders tearing up the trails, or "shredding" as it's known, in remote mountain areas, purpose-built bike parks or on the World Cup circuits. And perhaps, just like me, you can't help but wonder, "If these guys came to ride with me, would they be faster than me?", or you have asked yourself the much more sensible question, "How much faster would they actually be?". Well, you can find out very soon because a few of them are coming to Thailand this month.
The World Cup racers are joining the 1st Chiang Mai Downhill Challenge, which is taking place on Oct 20-21 at Doi Sam Ngok next to Baan Sahakorn Sam, Mae On district, about 40km east of downtown Chiang Mai.