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Unity In Diversity

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In the foreground, on the left is a Church. Hidden amongst trees, stands a Mosque in the far right.

Day 4 on the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris was slated to be the toughest. The degree of toughness, however, remained to be seen. As the day progressed, the terrain took its toll on the riders. They took longer breaks than usual, especially the road bikers. Unlike most days, riders were sparse on the road. I’d ride for kilometers before spotting one, which meant I finally managed some self-time on the BSA TFN. I rode at leisure too allowing myself to soak in the surroundings. Somewhere between Bhagamandala and Napoklu, I rode past the above landscape and the mind began drawing parallels.

I mean, India is diverse. We all know that, but the magnitude of diversity within the BSA TFN gang was huge too. And I began to contemplate on the same.

  • The oldest rider Peter Clarence-Smith is aged 55 whereas the youngest one, Sowmya Raju is about 21.
  • The costliest bike on the tour was Rajesh Nair’s Pinarello Paris worth 4.5lacs. On the other hand, Bibhushan rode a modest 7k Fomas road bike for some part of the tour.
  • There was a marked difference in the amount of training that riders did for the tour. There were veterans like Muthu Kumar who’ve done many cycling tours in the US. Newbies like Gayathri Chablani rode too.
  • Professional diversity was at its best. The traditional doctors and engineers were of course there. Besides, a bunch of entrepreneurs, a professional photographer, an IPS officer and people from other myriad backgrounds made for an eclectic mix.
  • Apart from Indian nationals, there was also an Israeli gentleman and a US national amongst the riders.
  • The group comprised of 10 women too.

What brought such diverse individuals together was their passion for cycling and a dream to live an experience that only the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris could have provided. As I conjured up these thoughts, I smiled. It felt great to be in such august company.

Written by Sangfroid

December 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Posted in TFN

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  1. He he my car cost me less than that most expensive bike! 😀

    Mridula

    December 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm

  2. Very good job with TFN blogging man… Crisp, engaging writing. This Diversity blog-post is interesting. You put so much thought, apart from observation into your writing. But hey, change ‘females’ to ‘women’ puh-lease!

    Malvika

    December 29, 2009 at 11:48 am

    • Thanks for the appreciation, MJ. Means much!

      And the edit you suggest is done.

      Sangfroid

      January 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm


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