Though tales of aspiring young road cyclists facing down challenges as they chase their pro dreams are not new, such journeys generally don’t emanate from India. But as 21-year old Sarvesh Sangarya from Bangalore writes, despite any differences in the route taken, all such journeys inevitably lead to Europe.
The capital cities of New Delhi and Manama will jointly host next year’s Asian Cycling Championships, following an earlier decision by the Asian Cycling Confederation to allow track and road cycling disciplines to be held separately.
The 20th National Road Cycling Championships of India are being held this week in the southern state of Kerala, so Cycling iQ has teamed up with photographer Chenthil Mohan to bring you highlights, plus a little background to racing in the subcontinent.
In addition to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, the Buddh International Circuit, which lies 50km southeast of India’s capital city New Delhi, also host bike races, but usually of the motored variety. Yesterday, Asia’s best time triallists took to the rare-as-hens-teeth-in-India-smooth parcours to contest the Asian Cycling Championships’ Elite Men’s Time Trial.
Amidst the fuss over the UCI’s seemingly monopolistic pursuit of WorldTour event ownership in China, via UCI subsidiary Global Cycling Promotion (GCP), hardly a word has been spoken about near-neighbour India. However, there have been some interesting developments behind the scenes of the ‘Tour de India’, scheduled for March 2012.
In this continuation of yesterday’s post, Cycling iQ holds a Q&A with Vivek Radhakrishnan, co-creator of Bangalore-based KYNKYNY Wheelsports cycling team, about the road cycling scene in India.