10th edition of Tour of Nilgiris (TfN) attracts celebrity cyclists; TfN 2017 to be flagged off

Bengaluru, December 8, 2017: The 10th edition of Tour of Nilgiris (TfN), the annual tour of RideACycle Foundation which has attracted celebrity cyclists to pedal the grand tour, will be flagged off on December 10, 2017 from Radisson Blu Atria, Bengaluru at 6:30 a.m. The grand tour will witness 128 cyclists pedal more than 1000 kms across Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu, between December 10 and 17, 2017. Starting from Bengaluru the cyclists will pedal through Mysuru, Madikeri, Sultan Bathery, Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and finish it by pedaling back to Mysore.

Addressing apress conference here today, Satish Belawadi, Tour Director, TfN 2017, said,“In the 10th edition we are witnessing the largest cycling contingentparticipation of 128 cyclists and what is more satisfying is that the grandtour has attracted top ranking cyclists who have impressive cycling credentialsto their name. What is revealing of this grand tour is that it has proved to bea stepping stone and launch pad for budding talent - Naveen John and KiranKumar Raju have already proved their mettle at the national level.”

Thecelebrity cyclists to pedal TfN 2017 include Alexi Grewal – an Indian Americanto win an Olympic Gold Medal in road cycling in 1984; Lt. Col. Dr. SrinivasGokulnath, India’s first RAAM finisher (Race Across America – 5000 kms in 11days 18 hours); Naveen John, with 3x National ITT Championships and a nationalRoad Race championship under his belt, he is probably the finest cyclist comingout of India; and Kiran Kumar Raju, National MTB Championship Winner – 2015& 2016. The winners at TfN 2017 will earn themselves the top range ofFirefox bikes.

According toDeepak Majipatil, Co-Founder, RAC-F, “We have been creating several initiativesto promote cycling culture amongst the masses. Tour of Nilgiris (TfN) is ourflagship event and we are celebrating a decade of this event in 2017. We arehappy that our TfN’s ambitious program to nurture cycling talent is paying off,at the same time we have the satisfaction of giving back to society through ourcharity riders. Most of the editions of TfN have witnessed charity riders andin this edition also we have 4 charity riders pedaling for three organizations.Further, our 10 years of effort has put India on the global cycling map andcyclists from across the globe are keen to pedal this grand tour”. 

TfN 2017will witness 4 charity riders riding to support the social initiatives dear tothem. While, Rajanikanth Puttabuddi will be the charity rider for KennethAnderson Nature Society (This organization focusses on wildlife conservation inthe Melagiri forest region spanning the Hosur and Dharmapuri Forest Divisionsof Tamil Nadu); Shankar Jayaraman will raise funds for Sita Bhateja SpecialityHospital (The aim is to make spine surgery affordable and accessible toeveryone especially the underprivileged); and Vivek Radhakrishnan &Rajkumar Khot will pedal for Iksha Foundation (a charitable trust focusing onRetinoblastoma (eye cancer).

AlexiGrewal, Olympic Gold Medallist, said "For ten years I have looked forwardto riding my bicycle in India and I am so incredibly satisfied I can join theTour of Nilgiris 2017 in its tenth anniversary. It will be a ride of a lifetime for me, and I will treasure the experience for a lifetime." Likewise,Lt. Col. Dr. Srinivas Gokulnath, said, “"Cycling is more than a hobby forme that not only provides motivation but also helps me to maintain fitness andstay relaxed.”

Of the 128cyclists set to pedal TfN 2017, 120 are men, while 8 are women. Further, 110cyclists are from different parts of India, while 18 are from overseas and hailfrom The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, USA and Russia.Profile of the cyclists pedaling TfN 2017, reveal that 65 per cent of thecyclists are senior and middle management professionals from different industrydomains. 

FirefoxBikes & Jayant Probikes & Fitness have been trusted partners on TfN forpast several years and they are key to growing cycling ecosystem in Bangalore& India. Isuzu India has become a critical cog in the TfN route with thembeing the Logistics Partners on the tour while Radisson Blu Atria has extendedtheir hospitality to all the rider & volunteers, supporting TfN2017 as theHospitality Partners on the tour. Sita Bhateja Specialty Hospital &Spectrum Physio need special mention as they support the tour with ambulance,doctors and expert physios who take care of the health and safety of the entireentourage while they cover more than 1000 kms across South India.

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