Two years after its formation, SKCT was outgrowing the domestic racing scene and team sponsor Specialized was just beginning to penetrate the market through its combined distribution-retail partnership with Bangalore-based retailer ‘Bums On The Saddle’. Team founder Vivek Radrahkrishnan, however, found himself facing a dilemma.
Almost four years have passed since Cycling iQ first investigated an ambitious amateur road cycling team from Bangalore aspiring to become India’s first UCI Continental cycling team. In the first part of a two-part article, we check to see what developments, if any, have happened in that time.
A major milestone in India’s evolution as a professional cycling region was achieved on Saturday, 31 March in Bangalore, with the launch of the country’s first fully-sponsored professional cycling team; Specialized KYNKYNY. As Cycling iQ discovered, it’s a culmination of passion, vision, ambition, money and old-fashioned gut feel.
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.
Could the alliance between an Indian designer trained in the Netherlands, a former India National Cycling squad manager and Aussie ex-pro cyclist result in the country’s first globetrotting road cycling team? It’s an intriguing possibility. Cycling iQ chats with Vivek Radhakrishnan, co-creator of Bangalore-based KYNKYNY Wheelsports cycling team.