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Name: Piyush Chavan
Nickname: PC or Push
Origin: June 19, 1996 | Pune, India

©Himanshu Shashni
Started Riding: 2007
Favored Discipline: Downhill racing and with a touch of free-riding
Favorite Hometown Spot: Flowjo (Hill in Mulkhed)

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Why Did You Start Riding: I started off as a curious explorer to find something beyond the limits that we usually see in other sports like football or cricket. Mountain biking gave me an edge towards creatively crafting my own riding style and flow! The inevitable exchange of action and reaction whilst riding is what drives me into sport.  
Inspiration: CS Santosh
Favorite Rider: Loic Bruni, Stevie Smith (RIP)

Signature Trick: Always a date on my table top
Ride Crew: Varun, Adwait, Vinay, Gautam, Ruturaj, Viraj and a lot of people who’ve taken up riding post training camps. I also have the most amount of fun riding with the people I generally ride with. 
Sponsors:  Scott Sports India, Cymour cycling company

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Best Spot in India: All the trails we’ve hand built in Pune and Oh Manali of course!
City for Riding: California, Pune, Fort William, Whistler, Manali, Rotorua

Happiest Achievement: The first time I rode the World cup track at Fort William,UK during the British Downhill series.
Worst fails:  Most recent - When I broke my collarbone on a pumptrack, Slamming a 40ft hip jump during my qualification run at Asian Champs this year
Favorite Music Artist: Limp Bizkit, Nickelback, John Butler, Pink Floyd, Old LP, Alt -J, Rise Against
Favorite MTB Brands: Scott ofcourse then Melon, Spy optics, Race Face, Answer, Troy lee designs, Nukeproof, Maxxis, HT, crankbrothers
Favorite Website: www.pinkbike.com
Your Bike set-up: 2015 SCOTT GAMBLER 730, Stiff in the front and laid back in the rear (Suspension setup ) 200mm travel front and rear, 27.5 DH wheels with a 7 speed drive train, 800mm wide handlebars

Word of Advice to Fellow Riders: Always embrace the fun side in your riding and that usually happens when you find people doing the same thing you do, so spread the stoke and stick together.. It goes a long way!"
PC Quote:
"What’s the point of waking up to a day that does not challenge you? And that is why I ride a bike."
-Piyush Chavan
©Utkarsh Rao
More About Piyush: "I started a company called IndianShredder and have been organizing proper professional training camps and a few local races to help the community get some better knowledge and experience of the sport. I also work with an NGO called Jazz Hands and we teach proper English to to students in other medium schools who do not have proper access to it.
I had never actually thought of myself as an athlete when I started off riding. I didn't even think I'd get into mountain biking as I was struggling to make school teams in football and cricket. Also I started off skateboarding before I started mountain biking which means that if the Indian roads were great enough for skateboards I'd still be doing it at a better level.  "
Other sports: Rock Climbing
Learn More About Piyush | Follow Him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Youtube
Image Credits: Himanshu ShashniShekhar BansalUtkarsh Rao & Friends! 

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