Every year since 2008, on 16 December, the road from Bangalore to Mysore is witness to a most unusual sight. That of groups of cyclists on the ride of their life. This is the Tour of Nilgiris – an annual event organised by the Ride A Cycle Foundation – often called the mother of all cycling tours in India.
This year, the 6th edition of the event – the Montra TFN 2013 – has 103 riders covering a distance of around 800+ KMS across Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Starting from Bangalore, cyclists will pedal through Mysore, Ooty, Sultan Bathery, Madikeri and finish the tour by coming back to Mysore.
One of the challenges introduced this year is the highlights this year is the ‘King of the Mountains’ climb to Kalhatty from Masinagudi to Ooty. Remember the famous 36 hairpin bends? The Kalhatty climb gains 1200 M 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.
A common element of the tour every year is the competitive sections on certain climbs and flat courses across different stages, aimed at testing the riders craft and grit. This multi-day cycling tour attracts the best of cycling talent from all over the world. This year’s group consists of:
• Total riders – 103
• Riders from outside India – 15%
• Women riders – 12%
• Riders from outside Karnataka – 60%
TFN goes beyond cycling as a sport, with riders keen to make their pedals count by giving something back to the society. Montra TFN 2013 will witness our charity riders riding to support the social initiatives of Aarohi and Vidyodaya. Two young talented youth from Aarohi (an NGO we support) in Uttaranchal will be riding on the tour; taking the challenge and exploring cycling as a serious move to entering the sport as a professional opportunity.
TFN is keen on promoting cycling culture and popularising cycling for the sheer versatility it offers – extreme/endurance sport; sustainable transport; daily commuting; cycle tourism/eco-tourism/local tourism; technology; social awareness; technology window; health benefits, and the experience of a lifetime.
The flag-off for the tour is from Moevenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore on Dec 16, 2013 at 6:30am.
About Ride-a-Cycle Foundation
Ride A Cycle Foundation (RACF) is a Non Profit Organisation that promotes cycling and helps the government to create bicycle infrastructure. The foundation aims to create more cyclists and bring more cycles on the road through various programs. Some of its major achievements being Tour of Nilgiris (TFN), NammaCycle, Cyclerecycle and many charity support where minimum of about 25 lakhs collected over 5 years by Charity riders on TFN used in development in the area of sports. For more information: http://www.rideacycle.org/
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