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Meet Of The Titans

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Yes! It was a meet, not a clash of the titans. Just as the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris is a ride, not a race. The pre-tour briefing for the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris concluded a while back at the snug premises of the now-not-so-new, yet one of its kind power dining location in Bangalore, the Kyra Theatre.

Rider ID/Docket & Goodies being dispensed

Dining, although on the agenda, wasn’t foremost. More pertinent being the collection of luggage, the distribution of the Rider Docket, the Rider ID and some really necessary, still chic, riding apparel – two white jerseys and a gray sweatshirt, to be precise.

The Rider Docket is a quick reference while on the tour – a compendium of do’s and dont’s, day-wise route info and other relevant tidbits.
The Rider ID, at first glance could be mistaken for a wrist band but it carries personal details of the rider like name, emergency contact number and blood group. This information has already been shared with police stations and forest departments en route.

I did not feel like a fish of out of water, as I had imagined and the butterflies in the stomach ceased to flutter after a while. Reason being, the people I met this evening are humans. What catapults them to the league of titans is their sheer appetite for adventure and will power. And although I am not riding this time around, I do have those traits. Keeping them under wraps is my choice, ain’t it?

Vijay - Creator of the 'green' cycle

Noteworthy in the guest list was someone I’d call a revolutionary – Vijay Sharma, who has designed a ‘green’ bicycle for cycling enthusiasts. And the most sporting rider on the BSA TFN ’09 walks away with that exclusive, handcrafted, eco-friendly bamboo bicycle.

While the Tour Director, Vasu, briefed the audience, the riders mingled over snacks. It was nice to give faces to names that have been doing the rounds of the BSA TFN mailing list, all this while. I took the opportunity of interacting with as many riders as possible.

Rakesh Nair, a participant who did the tour in 2008 too, said – It is good to see that the feedback we shared last year has been implemented.

Abhishek Sareen another participant representing TI Cycles (Title Sponsor) mentioned how an experience like the BSA TFN could appeal to the masses and hence promote the cause of cycling.

Arvind Bhateja from Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital (Medical Partner), also a participant, shared how the ambulance on the tour was equipped to handle any emergency.

As I pen this down, a bunch of volunteers are braving the rain at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, gearing up for the flag-off which is slated for 7AM tomorrow. And I’m now, more than ever, looking forward for the BSA TFN to begin.

Written by Sangfroid

December 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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  1. Awesome !! loved reading this .. also read ur tweets .. have a grt time 🙂


    December 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

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