MEET THE MOUNTAIN BIKE KERALA TEAM
We are a small team of passionate MTB and cycle enthusiasts who ride and guide on the trails they love to ride. Since 2005 we have guided riders from World Champions to new enthusiasts on some of the most stunning trails on earth. If it’s singletrack that you are looking for then come and join us.
Riding on the backroads and trails of India in 1996 Mountain Bike Kerala boss Mike McLean hatched a plan. Abandon the hope of finding a job with a Politics Degree from Lancaster University and pedal down every trail and path till you can make a job from a passion. With massive input from the team below and a million other people on the way we make Mountain Bike Kerala.
Mike McLean: (Top Right)Boss/Guide/Porridge maker (Top Right) is a UK vet rider with 2nd place finishes in MTBHimalaya to his credit and has pioneered trails all over India and the Himalaya for almost two decades now. He knows every trail worth and not worth riding in the subcontinent. When not riding he writes for MTB publications and occasional pieces for the Sunday Observer in the UK. When not writing he immerses himself into a cool drink.
Pankaj Danu: Guide has featured in numerous international mountain bike magazines and is one of the best all-mountain riders in India. He hails from the Himalayan mountain state of Uttarakhand and rides like a man who loves the big mountains. While not riding he eats mountains of chapatti and daal.
Deepak Danu: Guide. Multi-day race specialist and DH contender. Deepak hails from the Himalaya where he excels at altitude. C2C expert and just about the coolest man we know. When not riding he becomes even cooler and turns to ice.
Jibin Joy: Guide. (Right) Kerala’s most accomplished rider and has had podium finishes in International MTB events including 4-Cross. He has also raced the India National MTB champs and DH. He is a Kuttikanam local and knows every trail and everything there is to know about Kerala. When not riding he studies, works and takes in all that Canada can offer.
A.K Varghese: Alias Thampi Chettan: Logistics expert. A Kerala boy through and through and an integral part of the team. Nobody knows the backroads of south India better than this man. When not driving he laughs a lot and strokes his belly.