109 riders begin the Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris from Bengaluru

The Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris (TfN) 2015 was flagged off today from Shangri La, Palace Road, Bengaluru, by Guest of Honour, Mr. Bhaskar Rao, IPS, ADGP (Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement) and chief guest Shri. KJ George, Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning, GOK, Bangalore, Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, Co – Founder, Tour of Nilgiris and Mr. Venky Rajagopal, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Terrain.

Indian Terrain TfN 2015 is set to witness 109 riders covering a distance of around 875 kms across Karnataka, Kerala  and Tamilnadu. Starting from Bengaluru, cyclists will pedal through towns of Mysuru, Ooty, Palakkad, Coimbatore and finish at Polachi. In its eighth edition, Tour of Nilgiris has grown in stature and participation from across the globe. A total of 109 participants have been selected from over 500 applications received by the organizers to participate in the latest edition of India’s most scenic & endurance testing cycling tour. This year, the event is set to witness participants from Singapore, China, Nepal, Germany, Netherlands, USA, UK and India (the host country). Bollywood actor and Indian terrain brand ambassador, Randeep Hooda unveiled the official jerseys for riders yesterday.

Participants of the Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris 2015 will ride through three wildlife sanctuaries – Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, Mudumalai National Park in the Nilgiris and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. The Indian Terrain TFN is set to test the endurance, temperament, physical and mental strength of all participants. To add a dash of competitiveness, Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris has a mix of challenging climbs and flat courses at different stages, aimed at testing the riders’ craft and grit.

Organized by RideACycle Foundation (RAC-F), a not-for-profit advocacy organization, the event is aimed at promoting Cycling Tourism. Commenting on Indian Terrain TfN 2015, Sridhar Pabbisetty, Co-Founder, RAC-F, said, “With each passing year, the event has grown in stature and size as we see more and more participation from cyclists across the globe. Indian Terrain’s association with the event is set to take India’s premier cycling event to newer heights.”

According to Badrinath Sastry, Tour Director, Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris 2015, “Cycling as an fitness sport is fast catching the imagination and TfN circuit has put India on the global cycling map. Besides promoting cycling tourism, the tour owing to its format wherein there is a competitive section will  go a long way in promoting cycling as adrenalin driven sport thereby attracting more enthusiasts.”

Highlight of Indian Terrain TFN 2015 on its fourth day is the ‘King/Queen of the Mountains’ climb to Kalahatti – considered a ‘Hors Categorie’; something that is beyond categorization – in simple French cycling terms, one of the toughest climbs possible! The Kalahatti climb gains 1200mts of elevation in about 12 kms giving an average elevation gain of around 10 % with a few stretches going up to 15 % or more of gradient.

Dr. Arvind Bhateja best known as Captain of the Spectrum Racing cycling team along with his cousin Vivek Bhateja has already raised INR 10 lakh towards charitable program of Free Spine Surgery at Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital. A total of INR 1.22 lakhs out of a target of INR 4 lakhs has been raised by riders towards charity, the list includes Iksha Foundation (Tanmaya and Anshuman) and Aditya Mehta Foundation (Gangadhar Baliga).

The CMD of Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd., Mr. Venky Rajgopal who is also participating at the Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris said to the fellow participants, “I wish every rider here the very best for the next 8 days and will do my bit to see that the “spirit of man”, the logo of Indian Terrain, propels each one of you to a wonderful and glorious finish. Ride safe!” The participants a phenomenal mix of professionals, entrepreneurs, lawyers etc for whom cycling in a cool stylish activity which actualizes their true potential.

The winners of TFN 2015 will receive prizes worth INR 25,000 from Indian Terrain, a road bike from Firefox and other goodies from event partners.  Partner for the Indian Terrain Tour of Nilgiris 2015 include: Indian Terrain (Title sponsor), BASU (Strategic Partner), Sita Bhateja (Medical Partner), Firefox, TREK, Jayanth Probikers (Associate Sponsors), Heinrich (Apparel Partner), TVS and Solver Minds (GPS racking partners), Spectrum (Physiotherapy Partners), Hospitality Partner (Shangri La), Linger, Karcher (Prize Partners), Meraki ( Marketing & PR Partner).

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