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Sanjay Shanbhag LIVES. Is a crazy Mofo; Hardcore.

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by S.K.C., Sep 24, 2012.

  1. S.K.C.

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    So some of you may remember Sanjay - he's registered on here as "Metal"-something as I recall. For those of you who don't recall Sanjay, he's a DH racer and was the guy who sent it over the dirt jumps on a beach cruiser at Sea Otter back in 04':

    Sanjay Sea Otter 04.jpg

    He did the same thing at Otter but on a road bike in 06' or 07' if I recall correctly. UPDATE: Sea Otter Jumpline road bike pic - see Bizutch's post at the bottom! (post #15) Thanks Butch!

    I saw this posted on JDD's Facebook earlier today:

    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0i9xVqqlJGy84zJfV2hugsJPE6qaqISsD

    Last I heard of his whereabouts he was posting on here approx 5 or 6 years ago about a scenic trip across South America on a motorcycle.

    Sanjay Shanbhag pisses in the face of The World's Most Interesting Man AND Chuck Norris.

    Be safe and stay rad my friend.
     
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    Guys like him make me wonder...for every great racer that "makes it" how many Sanjays are there? He was about as anti-establishment as they come.

    Good luck and FRONJ on!
     
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    Ha, that's great. Always enjoyed his posts on here back in the day.

    Glad he's doing well.

    At a race one, someone asked me, "Are you sanjay?"
     
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  4. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    He turned up at a friends place here in Van a whole ago. Apparently he'd walked there from the Mexican border.

    Nutso!
     
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    *uck yeah Sanjay!

    He's the guy who first told me about Ridemonkey back in 03 I think. He was riding in Whistler with a glued together bike. Legendary dude.
     
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    SCARY Not long enough

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    I need more of these green square things^^
    That old Honda jersey should be in the MTB hall of fame.I firmly remember getting destroyed by him while he was on a hard tail at Big Bear back in the day.Thats when realized that in sports ,there are people who just have "it"and I was not one of them.
     
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    good juob
     
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    always enjoyed seeing pics of him on here waaaaaaay back when...maybe we should fire up a 'post your sanjay pics' thread?
     
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    haha.
     
  10. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    I always enjoyed seeing Sanjay at the races. I remember one race at Mt. Snow he had found some long-ass banner or ticker tape or something, but it was made of some pretty stiff plastic so the flapping was ear-splitting when he was hauling ass.

    Heard him coming from the top of the mountain, all the way to the bottom. Even worse than the guys on the monocoque Foes.

    Glad to hear he's living the dream :thumb:
     
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    Back in 2001-2003 when they used Westridge Tabletop section for part of the Pro course the table were about 20-30 feet in length. A few Pro's Barel and another 1 or 2 were doubling them so going at least 60 maybe 90 feet. The tables were sketch like 30 feet between SUPER FAST.

    Apparently SANJAY was doubling them on his EVIL IMPERIAL!!!!! Everyone around the pits were talking about it.
     
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    nicolai 2mx.
     
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    ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    allow me to read this thread again.
    so that I can, for the few seconds imagination takes over when reading, vicariously live thru him
     
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    I actually put together his sponsorship package for him that season. Helped him get hooked up with all the brands. What was hilarious was John P. or Tobler one, responding to me with "You know, he runs his stuff SOOOO ragged out and haggard...I'm not sure we want that image. Have him call us and we can discuss it. Maybe if he'll come by the truck each event so we know his guide is set up right." :rofl:

    He was notorious for doing his race runs chainless or derailleurless, not because SRAM or Shimano wouldn't give him one (b/c both always offered), but b/c he didn't want to bother with it. :D

     
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    wannabe sanjay.
     
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    -BB- I broke all the rules, but somehow still became mo

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    Sanjay is a good guy. He was living down here in OC for a long time, working over at "The Path" bike shop. So down to earth, but still such a ripper.

    Lately he has been doing a bunch of MX enduro races and stuff.
     
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    any pics of his BCD days? Remember him cruising around at snowshoe in some serious muck.
     
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    Awesome necrothread, should be a sticky.
     
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    sanjay for president...always! here's a pic from mount snow, 2004, on a single crown fork before that was acceptable, and a half shell (still scares me thinking about him racing that way). i too would like to say FRONJ ON!
    Screen shot 2012-09-25 at 2.54.58 PM.png
     
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    This thread is fantastic. I am totally getting nostalgic about this time frame: sitting in college (senior year) watching the internet chomping at the bit till i graduated, had some $, and could actually ride all of these spots...Riding around on a trek liquid with a snow camo sherman, and some 2.3 hutchinson octopus tires...oh and I had an 'EVIL' supercharger back then, not that new fangled e.13 nonsense. Bars 700 if i had to guess...and rays mtb park still had landscaping trees on the floor...

    Dump was OG on these as well...who else?
     
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    so my (non internet friends) know i have a screensaver that rolls on my MBP and extends back through the 1999 ish era of mtb, it has become somewhat legendary (w/ friends)...Anyway i just did a quick spotlight search on 'sanjay' and got this, had no idea i had these photos... Picture 3.png Picture 2.png Picture 1.png Picture 4.png
     

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    :edit: that last pic is my little bro (unsanjay - his name is jay but without the 'sanj') a bit buzzed to remove it, damn ipa's.
     
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    Nice. That's gotta be DW's bike mentioned in the old thread I linked above. Half-shell + goggle pioneer! Scary for full-on DH but lots of guys like it for trails these days.
     
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    Him and that East Coast Dan guy were my favorites to see on course back in the day, christing 8 or 9 years ago. ****, I am old.
     
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    Remember some cool video of him riding muddy original sin or goat gully in Whistler on the BCD. The DH forum needs more of that stuff and less gram counting, TLD suites wearing analness.
     
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    That BCD was held by epoxy he had to buy on a regular basis in order for the bike to run.

    I remember he went to the local hardware store in Whistler and buy the stuff. We were like DAMMNNNNN son at first, but after a couple of runs he was so far ahead of us (locals back then) he could be riding an unicycle and he'd still be faster...
     
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    Yup... He hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and has decided to continue on to AK
     
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    An unbelievably good guy. Even when scraping funds together for his next adventure, he still manages to maintain his generosity to others. I have yet to find another rider as gifted and yet so humble.
     
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    dude was pretty legendary BITD. Even the most Norcal-MTBR XC dorks were talking about guy on the hardtail placing well in DH Nationals.
     
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    Yup. As thanks to me, he stuffed everything he could in a priority mail box and sent it out, from parts to clothes. None of the gear fit me, but the thought alone was awesome.
     
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    I need more of these green square things^^
    Didn't he get an architecture degree or something ?
     
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    So strange to see old DH bikes with bars that looks crazy narrow. I rode a 700mm bar last weekend and it felt really strange.
     
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    That's what I thought. Last time I spoke to the guy in Whistler, he was going back to school to finish a degree.
     
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    don't matter what he's doin, he's one of the baddest motherfvckers of all time.
     
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    I filmed that. It was from one of our spring break trips down to SoCal after Sea Otter.