Laxmi Magar (left) celebrating after a race. A Nepali mountain biking phenom has a quest to grow the sport in her country by competing at this year’s BC Bike Race in Squamish.
Known affectionately among fans as “the queen of the mountain,” Laxmi Magar is the seven-time national women’s mountain_biking champion of Nepal.
Speaking to Global News from Kathmandu, Magar said she hopes to use her competitive experience in British Columbia to inspire young women to pick up the sport back home.
“I have a lot of friends who are (starting) mountain biking sports, now they can enjoy and participate but they used to come to me and share with me that they like to do it like me. It’s inspiring, it’s actually inspiring me!” said Magar.
“I was so interested to do men’s sports from the beginning because I could see only men in mountain biking in Nepal. I dreamed to ride like the boys, so I started biking.”
Magar entered the sport in 2008, beginning with local races, before deciding to pursue it more seriously — travelling to the South Asian and Asian Games and winning the Yak Attack Adventure Stage Race at the Annapurna Circuit.
Among her many awards, she is most recently the gold medalist in Mountain Bike Cross Country Olympic at the 2019 South Asian Games.The 33 year old has also completed the Annapurna circuit several times, a grueling roughly 18-day bike trek within the mountain ranges of central Nepal, spanning between 160-230 kilometres.Squamish’s BC Bike Race, by comparison, is […]