TEN. . . . . . Five, four, three, two, one, GO! *click, click, click, click* The familiar sound of riders clipping into their pedals at the start of a race surrounds me as I head off from the start line of the Indore Cyclothon. It’s a big race, this one. With Two Lakh … Continue reading Indore Cyclothon: A Race Report.
-So what’s your plan for the race? -I need to beat KKR on the climb. The only way to do that is to reach Nandi base two minutes before he does. So I’m going to attack the life out of the peloton. Throw in so many attacks that I sap the goo out of everyone’s … Continue reading The Nandi Epic, 2017.
Part One: The Build Up In February 2017, a team of four bike racers came together. It consisted of two of India’s best Time Trialists, one talented and promising junior rider, and me. Ciclo Team Racing came about when the support from Ciclo Café, Track and Trail India, and 2GO Activewear met with the vision … Continue reading National Championships: The Criterium.
When kids play cricket, Fine Leg is the most useless fielding position. So it went without saying that I was instructed to stand there and wait till eternity for a chance to see the ball. I was in class 3, and it was my first ever Inter House match. The only reason I made the … Continue reading How not to fail at Sport.
The Mass Start, as it is called in India -- because the global colloquialism of just calling it a “Road Race” hasn’t caught on for some reason -- is arguably the most popular format of bicycle racing. It is probably the most prestigious title to hold in India, since, in theory, winning it means you … Continue reading 2017 Indian National Road Cycling Championships: Top ten contenders at the Mass Start
Arguably the most prestigious race to win in Indian Road Cycling is that of the Individual Time Trial. In excess of 40 riders take part each year, each state and union territory with an active cycling association selecting their 2 best men for the job. However, the favorites can be narrowed down to a small … Continue reading 2017 Indian National Road Cycling Championships: Riders to watch out for in the Individual Time Trial.
Last night I got done with dinner by around nine. I cooked this awesome dal which was spiced with thyme leaves, and we ate it with Potato rice. I ate to my hearts content, and followed it up with a bowl of muesli mixed with cold milk for dessert. I then proceeded to my bedroom … Continue reading The Good Life, Belgium Style.
I open my eyes just a crack. I notice NJ, Arvind Panwar and Aman, all still in bed. Nope, not a good time to wake up. I open my eyes just a crack yet again, a little later. NJ is not in bed anymore, neither is Arvind. Aman however, is still here. Nope, still not … Continue reading Race #5: The Bottelare Kermis
It hasn’t started very well, to be frank. My first race was on a super hilly course, and I got popped off the back within the first 15 minutes. My second was on a flat course, which suited my abilities quite well. I went in with fresh legs and good expectations. I raced hard, and … Continue reading One month into Belgium, A Progress Report.
In order to truly enjoy a training session in the rain, one must make a small pit-stop first and protect the most valuable items. So I promptly get off my bike and put my phone and wallet into a plastic bag that I carry for emergencies, and push them back into my jersey pocket. Getting … Continue reading My Favourite Day on the Bike