King of 2 Trades

13th April, 11pm: The Spartans are sitting outside the football ground, nobody is saying a word. You can see the glum faces. There’s disappointment in the air. Our captain, Shawn Philip, is in conversation with the referee. They discuss something for about a minute, and then Shawn turns around to face the team. He makes…

MVS Criterium 2019, Coimbatore

“Hey there, big man. Nice to see you again!” I greet Michael, a friend of mine who I keep bumping into at races. He’s in a group with 3 others, so naturally I shake their hand and introduce myself to them. “Hi, I’m Parshu” *wide smile* One of them replies with an “Of course man,…

The Cykul Freedom Criterium, 18th August, 2018.

The Hyderabad road cycling community can be divided into 4 groups. There’s the South Central Railway Team, which has six guys. – Mugesh is currently the strongest, and has been performing brilliantly in every race that he’s done this year. He’s won silver at the National Championships Road Race, which is quite huge, but he’s…

The BBCh Classic.

July 15th, 2018. I’ve always considered BBCh races to be solid training races. You get a good number of quality racers, and I like to think that most of them know who I am and how strong I am as a bike rider *coughs a little while saying that*. I’m always happy to drive the…

Mumbai – Mahad, a Race Report

Aag baras rahi thi. It was raining fire. Every breath I took heated up my stomach, and every exhale filled my chest and mouth with a scathing heat. In 43 degrees Celsius weather with 100% humidity, we were racing bikes on a highway with no tree cover, directly under the sun. My plan for the…

Life can be a Roller Coaster ride.

I’m sitting at my study table, with my alarm clock by my side. Every five minutes or so, I eagerly glance at it, hoping that it’s time to finally move away from this depressing spot. As soon as it strikes 4:55pm, I jump up from where I was “studying”, open my cupboard and change into…

MVS Criterium – Race Report

“Pfft, amateurs.” It was confidence, and a display of how I can at times be very cocky. We’re sitting in the mid-day heat of Coimbatore, and we have a good hour and a half to go for our race. I spot a few riders spinning around on their bikes to warm up. In this hot…

Indore Cyclothon: A Race Report.

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…

The Nandi Epic, 2017.

-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…

National Championships: The Criterium.

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…