Tour of Nilgiris (TfN) will witness 128 cyclists pedal around 1000 kms

Bengaluru, December 06, 2017: RideACycle Foundation (RAC-F), a not-for-profit advocacy organization pioneering an initiative to popularize cycling for commuting, leisure, as an agent of social change and importantly nurturing cycling talent nationally, today announced that 128 cyclists from across the globe will pedal Tour of Nilgiris (TfN) 2017. The 10th edition of this grand tour coincides with 200th year of the invention of the cycle and has drawn talented cyclists who will test their endurance and grit in the most demanding terrains across the three states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

TfN 2017 isscheduled between December 10 and 17, 2017 and the cyclists will begin the tourfrom Bengaluru and pedal through Mysuru, Madikeri, Sultan Bathery,Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and finish it by pedaling back to Mysore. The cyclistswill cover around 1,000 kms across seven stages through curves, speedways,amazing terrains including plains, mountains, coffee & tea plantations andthree wild life sanctuaries.  In-additionthrough the seven stages there will be competitive segment, wherein thecyclists could display their craft and grit.

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.  TfN 2017 will also witnessachievers pedal and this only reflects the popularity TfN enjoys as a premier cyclingtour of the country. The achievers include Alexi Grewal – an Indian American towin 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); and Namma Bengaluru Kiran Kumar Raju, National MTB ChampionshipWinner – 2015 & 2016. Cyclists from Karnataka State Reserve Police willalso be participating at TfN 2017.

Whileadventure, nature, tourism, endurance are factors that lure cyclists to pedalTfN, there is another element that is often ignored that draws cyclists to ridethis grand tour.  This unknown element isgiving something back to the society and TfN 2017 will witness 3 charity ridersriding to support the social initiatives dear to them. While, RajanikanthPuttabuddi will be the charity rider for Kenneth Anderson Nature Society (Thisorganization focusses on wildlife conservation in the Melagiri forest regionspanning the Hosur and Dharmapuri Forest Divisions of Tamil Nadu); ShankarJayaraman will raise funds for Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital (The aim is tomake spine surgery affordable and accessible to everyone especially theunderprivileged); and Vivek Radhakrishnan & Rajkumar Knot will pedal forIksha Foundation (a charitable trust focusing on Retinoblastoma (eye cancer).

DeepakMajipatil, Co-Founder, RAC-F, said, “From a humble beginning Tour of Nilgirishas come a long way and emerged as the largest and most loved bike tours inIndia that has put India on the global cycling map. The participation of elitecyclists from across the globe speaks volume about TfN and increased interestfrom budding Indian cycling talent is a testimony to the fact that TfN’sambitious program to nurture cycling talent is paying off.” We at RAC-F are keento make TfN 2017 a memorable event as it also coincides with the 200th year ofcycle invention, he added.

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