Tour of Nilgiri’s (TfN), the largest and most loved bike tours in India and also the flagship event of Ride-A-Cycle Foundation (RAC-F), is scheduled between December 8 and 15, 2019. TfN 2019 is the 12th edition and will witness 60 cyclists pedal 850 plus kms through some of the astounding terrains of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, that is bound to test their endurance, temperament, physical and mental limits.
Starting from Regenta Central Herald, Mysuru on December 8, the cyclists will pedal through Hassan, Chikmagalur, Kushalanagar, Sultan Bathery, Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and return to Mysuru to complete the tour on December 15. On Day 5, while pedalling from Sultan Bathery to Ooty, cyclists will climb the Kalhatti Ghat which is among the toughest cycling climbs in the world.
TfN has been continuously evolving and each edition has something new for the cyclists – either be it the route, terrain, geography. The 12th edition will see cyclists on Day 2 pedal from Hassan to Chikmagalur and this allows riders to experience the unique topography Malnad offers. For TfN this is a new route and cyclists will have the pleasure to pedal past Belur and Halebidu, the famous tourism spots with rich historical legacy in art and architecture dating back to Hoysala period.
Commenting on the Tour of Nilgiris, Deepak Majipatil, Co-Founder, RAC-F, said, “Cycling as a healthy, leisure and life style activity has caught the imagination of many and this tribe is growing exponentially. Add to this the thrill of cycling through Nilgiris Biosphere including the three famed wild life sanctuaries and the pristine country side of Nilgiris district. Tour of Nilgiris has all these wrapped in one event.”
Further, he added, TfN has not only emerged as India’s most prestigious multi day tour for amateur riders but also triggered passion amongst enthusiasts to pursue cycling as an extreme sport with an adventure quotient. RAC-F nurtured talent – Kiran Kumar Raju, current India MTB Champion will pedal TfN 2019.
Another dimension of TfN is that few riders are keen to make their pedals count by giving something back to the society and they ride TfN for a cause as charity riders. This year Charity Riders will be pedalling for the following organizations- Kenneth Anderson Nature Society and Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital, among others – to support their respective social cause.