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The Tour Of Nilgiris – 2nd Edition

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Everything hurts. Your back hurts, your feet hurt, your hands hurt, your neck hurts, your legs hurt, and of course, your butt hurts – says the legendary Lance Armstrong in It’s Not About the Bike.

My personal experiences as a motor-biker are in consonance with his views on at least two counts –
a) the butt, sure, hurts b) it is never about the bike

In spite of being an active Bikenomad for a while now, I haven’t progressed to being a cyclist, unlike ardent proponents of the cause like Sameer (Yes, moving from a motor-bike to a bike is progressive in more ways than one)

Sometime back, I had a candid conversation with a friend who happens to cycle regularly, delving on city riding vis-a-vis long tours. Below is an audio clip of the same

If Gautam(the unfailing cyclist in the audio) lacks the expertise to be on such a tour and Sameer has gained it through rigorous and committed training, I should better make the first move.

When I’d first heard about the Tour Of Nilgiris more than a year back, I was greatly excited. I had made a secret resolution of participating in the next edition. Leaning on the slopes of the Nilgiris on a bicycle while negotiating a curve, wading through the early morning mist would be such an emancipating experience, when compared to being greeted by one’s boss in a farm of cubicles.

This year the Tour of Nilgiris has grown bigger and better. The rider list has grown from 40 to 70 and the ’09 edition takes into consideration the requirements of riders with varying skill levels, different bicycles and the desire to get as much as possible from the tour. Expert help in the form of bicycle mechanics and health-care professionals will be available to all riders throughout the 8 day journey, covering a total of 901 kms.

As kids, we loved our bikes. It signified liberation and independence, one’s first set of wheels. It is time to get back to them (And I of course don’t mean the tri-cycles) for the greater good of the world. And that is what this tour is about, ultimately.

“You’re gonna win the Tour De France one day” – Chris Carmichael, Lance’s coach said to him.
“You’re gonna be on the Tour Of Nilgiris one day” – I, the coach and the pupil, say to myself.

Written by Sangfroid

October 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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  1. Great! I didn’t follow the hyperlinks so when are you going for it?


    October 26, 2009 at 9:38 am

    • Thanks!
      The tour is from Dec 15th to 23rd. I might go, not sure yet 😐


      October 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm

  2. Wow!! I cant cycle nor can ride anything .. am not emancipated πŸ˜›

    Winnie the Poohi

    October 26, 2009 at 10:58 am

    • LOL!!! There are other ways too πŸ˜€
      This is one of the good ones πŸ˜›


      October 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm

  3. Awesome.. Its so nice to see people doing what actually interests them (unlike me).. πŸ™‚
    Good going..


    October 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

    • Thanks!
      It is indeed nice.
      And, in this case pursuing one’s interest is aligned with the overall greater good πŸ™‚


      October 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm

  4. so are you going or not?

    in the whole post you have not mentioned that πŸ™‚


    October 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    • I haven’t mentioned coz I do not know myself, as of now πŸ™‚


      October 29, 2009 at 11:05 pm

  5. Nice one dood…the ending was good…make it perfect by cycling!


    October 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  6. You, my friend, will one day write a very good post on your trip. πŸ™‚


    October 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

  7. Congrats on winning the “Official Blogger for TFN” title … keep writing mate.


    November 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    • Thanks buddy. I will keep writing … πŸ™‚


      November 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

  8. congratulations, biker! am sure every ache and pain will be worth the euphoria πŸ™‚


    November 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    • Hey, I’m doing the tour as the ‘Official Blogger’ this time around.
      But something tells me the aches and pain are going to get to me in the next edition, for sure πŸ™‚


      November 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

  9. Congrats on winning the β€œOfficial Blogger for TFN”!
    You are going to Rock TFN, and TFN is going to Rock you !


    November 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm

  10. Congrats Sangfroid. Will see you around on the tour. Maybe you could even ride a 50km stretch someplace πŸ™‚


    November 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    • Thanks Sameer. 50km stretch πŸ˜› Let me start to train, then.


      November 4, 2009 at 12:15 am

  11. great!

    all the best and have fun dude!


    November 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

  12. Congrats Gaurav / Sangfroid for becoming TFN Official Blogger. Read some of you posts.Some amazing job you have done.
    I feel your blogging would give a new dimension to TFN. πŸ™‚

    See you at TFN,



    November 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    • Thanks for the appreciation, Deepak πŸ™‚
      I’m humbled. Will try my best for the ‘new dimension’ you mention.

      See you around too.


      November 4, 2009 at 12:19 am

  13. wo dude…all the best…i wish i cud join 😦 .. bt its ok..ur blogs will keep us posted πŸ˜‰


    November 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    • Thanks bud! You serious? Get a cycle and start training for the next TFN!

      And yea, it’ll be one adventurous ‘blogathon’ from my side πŸ™‚


      November 4, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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