Phil Evans

Phil Evans

Race Director / Founder

Phil is from Shropshire, UK and has been involved with mountain bikes ever since the late 80’s, when he worked as a cycle mechanic on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

Also an intrepid traveller, he has visited numerous countries over the years and has accomplished such feats as cycling the Alaska Highway unsupported, cycling across the West Australia desert to Ayers Rock and a 3 day traverse of the Annapurna circuit, and has now crossed the Thorong La pass in Nepal an incredible 14 times!!

Apart from overseeing the current series of races, Phil is responsible for discovering new and exciting locations to ensure the MTB-WW brand continues to push the boundaries for mountain bike adventure racing.


Ajay Pandit Chhetri

Ajay Pandit Chhetri

Ajay is 5 times Nepal National mountain bike champion and 5 times Yak Attack winner. He has also raced in many of the worlds higher profile mountain bike races, including the Cape Epic and La Ruta. His wealth of experience on the racing scene makes him an invaluable member of the Mountain Biking Worldwide team during the developmental stage of each race and, as the series expands, Ajay will be overseeing all of our Asia races.

As well as playing a key role in the expansion of the MTB-WW series, Ajay also leads the Nepal Mountain Biking Worldwide holidays, as well as conducting his own “high performance” tours through his fledgling company, MTB-Nepal.

Not one to sit on his laurels, Ajay will shortly be embarking on a training course to become a TorqFitness accredited coach with a view to passing on his expertise to up and coming Nepali riders. It looks like Ajay is going to have a busy future !!


Neil Cottam

Neil Cottam

Hailing out of Denby in Derbyshire UK, Neil is a Mechanical Engineer with an unquenchable thirst for adventures and travel.

He has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia, in particular, as an independent backpacker (over thirty countries); thus far miraculously managing to avoid the attention of Interpol. Neil is now an established veteran of The Yak Attack having first raced it in 2012, he retired with a dislocated shoulder in 2013, and raced again in 2014. Since then he has acted as race sweeper and general dogsbody; he now has the perfect excuse for coming in last everyday!

Neil’s penchant for ultra-endurance challenges (running and cycling) has seen him complete The Everest Marathon, several Ultra-Marathons (100km), and is a three time Strathpuffer 24 hour veteran as a soloist. He is also a dab hand at repairing broken bicycles and  writes a fabulously entertaining adventure/travel/lifestyle blog at www.chasetherainbow.co.uk.


Peter Butt

Peter Butt

Hailing from Perth, in Western Australia, Peter has raced mountain bikes since 15 and started cutting his own trails in the bush about Perth at 13.

With over 25 international mountain bike stage races under his belt, and with highly varying results, Peter gives the team a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Having spent a decade chasing oily riches as a mechanical engineer from the Artic to the Middle East, he has returned for a hiatus to Western Australia.  Here he spends time procrastinating about great bike rides to be completed and more importantly what bike to buy for each one.


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