The Great Malnad Challenge is stepping into the 8th edition with GMC2017!  What was just a nice cycling trip across a picturesque terrain, has now evolved into the most looked-forward-to MTB challenge in the Country.

The 7-days, 700 kms trail is perfect for serious MTB racers as well as leisure recreational cyclists.  The daunting uphills, the scary downhills, bum-basting off-road… This is what makes GMC!  The cuisine, culture and landscape more than makes up for the torment of pedaling almost 100kms, everyday.  The Hassan to Murudeshwara trail encompasses assorted landscapes that make up the Western ghats.

A new destination in GMC for the 2017 edition is Kodachadri.  The view at the summit is worth all the difficulties endured to reach there. .

With a good mix of heritage sites, lush green forests and winding estates, the Great Malnad Challenge is the longest MTB challenge in India.  It is the best way not only to test your cycling capabilities, but also to experience the magnificence of Malnad.

Our Team

Santhosh Anand


The co-founder of ICYCLE is the heart-and-soul behind GMC. An international Indoor Cricketer, Santhoo manages all departments of the event. From operations to promotion; from planning to execution, he's the quintessential jack-of-all-trades.


Managing Director

The Man behind ICYCLE. His perseverance and commitment to make cycling enjoyable by everyone is a major contributor to the growth of GMC.



Joseph Franklin

Public Relation

Entrepreneur, organic farmer, photographer, cyclist! Joe has been a part of ICYCLE and GMC from the beginning. His varied experience and jovial personality is the perfect brand ambassador for the GREAT MALNAD CHALLENGE.


Venkatesh Shivaram

Race Director

One of the biggest names in Indian competitive cycling scene, Venky, is the quintessential 'Guru' for all budding cyclists of Bengaluru. GMC2016 has the privilige for having Venky managing the race segment for the event.

Sunil Nanjappa

Race Referee

A well know face in the MTB cycling circuit, Sunil has years of experience in both participating and organizing bicycle races across India. He's the reason behind the mindblowing trail of GMC2016.


Assistant Race Director

One of the top MTB cyclists in the City, Balu is an already experienced GMC finisher.
Now he's contributing to GMC2016 as part of the race management team.