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
2 minutes left in my last 4 minute interval for the day. I can feel the pain in my legs, with my heart racing at over 170 beats per minute. I needed to give it all I had, and that’s exactly what I did. Put my head down and kept stomping on the pedals, ramping … Continue reading Just another day on the bike
Kerala Nationals, February 2016. The event that I had been targeting for months just finished, and the winners are being called on to the podium. The names are called out while I clap half heartedly, seeing the very same guys that I raced against for 3 hours take their places on the podium. I had … Continue reading U-23 Mass Start @ Aligarh; Road Cycling National Championships 2016.
While in Belgium, our training schedule is given to us by NJ (Naveen John). The training is divided into blocks, with weekly targets to be achieved. One of the targets I needed to reach for this week was 20 hours of time on the bike. 20 hours over 6 days, that averages over 3 hours … Continue reading Race day#7 – the Sinaai Kermesse
18th July 2016 It’s 9:30pm and we Indians are having dinner when a big man in a white shirt walks in with a pack of marlboro’s well balanced on top of his chest pocket. In the limited English that he speaks, he manages to convey his message to us. “Tomorrow we leave at 12:20. Be … Continue reading Race day #5
A race day for me has always meant a 5am alarm followed by morning chores, warm up and then race. In preparation for my visit to Belgium, I expected more of the same; just on a much more regular basis. Little did I know that bike racing over here is completely different from what we … Continue reading Race day #1 in Belgium: The Knesselare Kermis!
A little backstory- With one week to go for my Belgium trip, there was a slight hiccup in my planning. I had a broken front shifter (brake/gear changer) on my bike and needed a replacement. It was available in India, but would cost me Rs.11,000. So I looked it up online and realised that I … Continue reading Welcome to Belgium