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Digest #1, Giving Wings to Dreams

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Honorable Sports Minister flagging-off BSA TFN

Unlike birdies who tremble at the thought of rain, the overcast skies and the over-night drizzle was anything but a menace to the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris ’09 riders’ flights of fantasy. Donning their brand new BSA rider jersey, they were seen chirping around at the Koramangala Indoor stadium, which was the venue for an elaborate flag-off event for the tour. The occasion was graced by the presence of State Minister for Sports, Dr. Raghuram Devarakonda – President, TI Cycles (Title Sponsor) and Mr. Bhaskar Rao, Transport Commissioner and, also a rider on the tour.
Vijay Sharma, of the ‘bamboo’ bicycle fame, led the riders till the outskirts of Bangalore – the NICE junction on SH-17 to be precise.

Post which, the riders first re-grouped at Kengeri. Until then, there had already been some falls and flats.

Malvika Jain, who had a slightly bruised calf said – It was not my fault. Besides, one has to be sturdy.

She seemed determined to burn some rubber and knock off the kilometers, no matter what.

BSA TFN Riders at a Support Station

While Peevee and I took off the road in order to provide tour updates, the riders zipped and zoomed. Bangalore based Kadambam, specializing in authentic Iyengar cuisine, has recently opened shop in Channapatna, which was the location for Support Station #1. By the time we reached there, most riders had gone past.

Two o’clock brought the news that one rider had already reached Mysore. Fellow riders were awe-struck, a tad perturbed too but like thorough professionals they didn’t let this news dampen their spirits. They are on a tour and not a race, after all. The pedaling never stopped which meant that by Five o’clock all riders had made it to the destination for Day 1. And if you think the exhausted bunch would have crashed upon reaching the hotel, you’re mistaken. Many of them gleefully visited the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hills.

Over dinner, at the lawns in Hotel Regaalis, I caught up with Bharani Shivakumar, the rider who’d emerged numero uno in terms of minimum time clocked, probing him about how he had achieved the feat.

This is what he had to say – I come from Chennai and I’m used to riding in humid conditions. This was such pleasant weather. Why would have I stopped?

Noteworthy here is the fact that Bharani started cycling only ten months back.

The fact that all riders, but three, cycled for the entire route today is indeed applaud-able. But doubts linger as to whether some might, on account of it being the first day, have over-stretched themselves and would pay the price tomorrow. I hope that is not the case. I’m keeping my fingers crossed looking forward to hit the road for a second time, in as many days.

The adventure is on!

Written by Sangfroid

December 16, 2009 at 11:45 pm

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  1. This time TFN seems much more fun. Kudos to organizers and riders as well!
    Nice coverage. Keep it coming like this Sangfroid.


    December 17, 2009 at 12:30 am

  2. Looks like, Riders are on hi sprite ! ! !
    Best of Luck for rest of tour.


    December 17, 2009 at 12:48 am

  3. These are the guys making the difference …! Some juicy gossip??? c’mmon man…it can’t go without that .. hehe


    December 17, 2009 at 5:58 am

  4. Hope all are having fun in the tour… Keep posting more. enjoy.. 🙂


    December 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

  5. Nice nice nice.. 🙂


    December 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

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