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
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