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Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Transport Commissioner

I’m anti-gravity. I’m not in the lead pack. The leaner guys are there!

joked Bhaskar Rao, at one of the Support Stations, on Day 7, en route Ooty.
Although late, his was the most high-profile entry into the participants list of the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris. Hell! It wasn’t late. It was timely. After all, he did cycle for the entire tour.

It goes unsaid that it was a pleasure to have him on board – more for the riders than the organizers.

Upon arrival at a Support Station on one of the days, Malvika Jain announced –

I got married on the tour!

She proudly displayed the garland around her neck much to the amazement of the fellow riders. Anyone who rode with Bhaskar Rao received a hearty welcome in the manner of a bouquet, garland or the likes, where ever there was a Police check-post. Thanks to his clout, the BSA TFN riders got to places they might not have imagined. Riding atop the Gorur Dam, visiting the Mysore Palace after 7PM are just some examples.

On a serious note, I hope he’ll be back for the next edition of the tour. I don’t mind being garlanded, but it would be great to ride along. I’m sure all BSA TFN riders echo the feeling.

Written by Sangfroid

December 29, 2009 at 9:06 am

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  1. The amazing thing was, with all the pressure on him – work along the way, people to meet and greet, a trip to Bangalore and back on the rest day, and a new bike – he was cheerful right through and rode all the way! Hope more folks in senior, responsible folks take this up – it’ll help cycling become mainstream much quicker.


    December 29, 2009 at 9:26 am

    • Yes. It was simply great. If he does the tour again, nothing like that!


      January 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

  2. Was going thru the list of riders at TFN, and was pleasantly surprised to see the myriad age group and professions that people came from.


    December 29, 2009 at 11:44 am

    • Yup. I did a post on the same too titled ‘Unity in Diversity’ Give it a read, if you please.


      January 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

  3. careful before you find yourself hitched to the transport commissioner!


    December 30, 2009 at 1:18 am

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