Life in the fast lane with Steadfast Athlete and MTB Cyclist David Kumar

Life in the fast lane with Steadfast Athlete and MTB Cyclist David Kumar

Feb 08, 2024

Steadfast Athlete David Kumar is a professional mountain bike rider from Himachal Pradesh who has several wins to his credit- he won the MTB Shimla,  a premier mountain biking tournament for three years in a row (2017-2019) check, the best Indian rider at the prestigious Hero MTB Himalaya two years in a row (2017-18), was the runner up at the MTB Arunachal 2017 in the team of two category and the winner of the same race in 2018.

David Kumar has competed in an international race in South Africa, securing the fifth position in the under-25 category. He won the Riders of the Storm (ROS) Finale challenge at Chandigarh in 2019.

David began his journey as a cyclist, riding every weekend with his best friend, exploring new places on their bicycles. Participating in his first-ever MTB event at Shimla in 2016, he stood 11th without professional training or equipment. After that event, there was no looking back-David outperformed himself with each race. 

He has undertaken several challenges during his mountain biking career.  In 2016, he became the first man to reach the sacred Somang Buddhist monastery, Tashigang Kinnaur at an icy altitude of 3,600 meters. A year later, in 2017, in yet another daring feat, David became the first man to scale Kinner Kailash at an altitude of 5,242 meters on a mountain bike. In 2019, he went for a backpacking trip through the remote high-altitude valleys of Spiti and Kinnaur. The same year, he accomplished the Manali-Leh Highway (470 km, 11000 km, average altitude 4000 m above sea level) in 28.5 hours.

David has been associated with Steadfast Nutrition for many years and loves to use its supplements while racing and training. He takes the energy supplements Carborance and Snergy, the amino acids Active BCAA, the protein supplement Power Protein, Fish Oil, and Multivitamin. But his favourite is undoubtedly Power Protein since the high protein content helps his muscles recover after intense training rides.

“I use a huge variety of Steadfast products every day, including Carborance, Snergy, Fish Oil, Active BCAA, Multivitamin, and Power Protein. If I had to choose my favourite Steadfast supplement, it would be Power Protein. With the huge amount of more than 29 g of protein per sachet, Power Protein plays a huge role in my recovery after intense training rides and strength workout in the gym. During stage races, a quick recovery is vital for me. Power Protein helps my muscles to grow and recover. It is the perfect product for any endurance athlete.”

David says he is happy to be a part of the Steadfast family.

“Being a Steadfast Athlete has made me steadfast in life. My performance has become the best from better. Even if my training is not on point, the supplements from Steadfast Nutrition help me cover it on those days. I am just super happy to be a part of the Steadfast family”.

In the coming years, David aims to participate in international races, including the Bike Transalp, Absa Cape Epic, Yak Attack and other stage races, in XCO National Championships in India, in 12, 24-hour and long-distance self-supported races, and one-day marathon races. He also wants to go on adventure and record trips on a bike, including self-supported adventure tours in India and all over the world.