Published On: Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018

Jersey for the 11th edition of Tour of Nilgiris (TfN) Unveiled

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  •   TfN 2018 to be flagged off from Mysuru on December 9 from Hotel Rio Meridian at 7.00 a.m.
  •   Starting from Mysuru, cyclists to pedal through Hassan, Kushalnagar, Sultan Bathery, Ooty and Kalpetta
  •  110 cyclists including 29 overseas and 18 women riders to pedal TfN 2018; Six cyclists to pedal as charity riders

 

Mysuru, December 1, 2018: The 11th edition of Tour of Nilgiris (TfN), the annual epic tour of RideACycle Foundation which has attracted record international and women cyclists to pedal the grand tour, will be flagged off on December 9, 2018 (Sunday) from Hotel Rio Meridian, New Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysuru at 7.00 a.m. The grand tour will witness 110 cyclists, including 29 international & 18 women riders, pedal around 950 kms around the pristine Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve across Western Ghats, winding through Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu, between December 9 and 16, 2018. Starting from Mysuru the cyclists will pedal through Hassan, Kushalanagar, Sultan Bathery, Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Kalpetta and return to Mysuru.

At a press conference held here today, Satish Belawadi, Tour Director, TfN 2018 and Badrinath V Sastry, Assistant Tour Director, TfN 2018, unveiled the jersey of TfN 2018.

Addressing media on the occasion, Satish said, “After a satisfying first decade of Tour of Nilgiris, we are stepping into the second decade with a greater determination to provide cycling enthusiasts a world class tour that offers an experience that encompasses different elements. Importantly, the tour over the years has become a training ground for budding Indian cyclists to test their endurance and hone up their skills in the presence of seasoned international cyclists”.

 

Further, he said, our effort of 10 years has positioned TfN as a premier tour and every passing edition has been attracting more cycling talent who are determined to carve a niche at national and international level. Kiran Kumar Raju, current India MTB Champion and Naveen John, former India Road champion will pedal TfN 2018. Alexi Grewal – an Indian American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in road cycling in 1984 – having pedaled TfN 2017 is back again as a volunteer in this edition to mentor young talented riders who are using TfN as a platform to achieve bigger cycling goals globally.

Sharing his thoughts on the other aspect of this epic tour, Badrinath pointed out, while TfN was started as an adventure tour, it is gratifying to note that many cyclists are keen to make their pedals count by giving back to society. Every year increasing number of cyclists are registering as charity riders. TfN 2018 is witnessing charity riders pedaling for the following organizations -  Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital, Bengaluru; Iksha Foundation, Bengaluru; Tons Valley Community Health Centre of Kalap Trust, Uttarakhand; Vidyodaya School, Gudalur; Kenneth Anderson Nature Society – Hosur, Tamilnadu and Aditya Mehta Foundation, Hyderabad.

According to Badrinath, the tour which initially had greater participation from Bengaluru, over the years has started attracting cyclists from across the country and also globally. TfN 2018 is witnessing the largest contingent from Mumbai with 27 cyclists, followed by Bengaluru with 20 cyclists, Pune with 10 cyclists and Indore with 6 cyclists.  There are three cyclists each from Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad; while two from Goa and one each from Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, Delhi and Vellore complete the India contingent. Among the overseas cyclists, seven hail from Denmark; five hail from United States; 3 from Great Britain; two each from Australia, Belgium, Canada & Germany and one each from Austria, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, The Netherlands and Sweden.

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