Mysuru, December 9, 2018: The annual flagship event of RideACycle Foundation (RAC-F) – Tour of Nilgiris 2018 (TfN 2018) – was flagged-off today from Hotel Rio Meridian, Mysuru by Dr. A. Subrahmanyeswara Rao, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Mysuru City.
Starting from Mysuru, the cyclists will pedal through Hassan, Kushalanagar, Sultan Bathery, Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Kalpetta and return to Mysuru.
Cyclists on Day 1 will pedal 125 kms to reach Hassan by pedaling through K R Nagar, Holenarasipura. After an overnight stay at Hassan, on Day 2 they will pedal to Kushalnagar. On Day 8, the cyclists will complete the tour by pedaling back from Kalpetta to Mysuru a distance of 133 kms.
The grand tour will witness 110 cyclists, including 29 international riders.
This year has seen a rise in the number of women riders to 18 women from across India and the globe.
The tour will take cyclists around the pristine Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve across Western Ghats, winding through Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
According to Deepak Majipatil, Co-Founder, RAC-F, “The epic tour gives cyclists an opportunity to not only experience nature but also test their endurance as pedaling the chosen terrain is a task by itself.” Further, he said, TfN over the years has evolved as training ground for budding cyclists to hone their skills in the presence of international cyclists.
The ever growing participation of international cyclists clearly points to fact that TfN has obtained the recognition of cycling community and found a place in the global cycling calendar. Likewise, in the domestic circuit, TfN is hailed as mother of all tours which offers cyclists the experience they crave for, he added.
About RideACycle Foundation (RAC-F):
RAC-F, a not-for-profit advocacy organization, is pioneering an initiative to popularize Cycling for commuting, leisure and as an agent of social change and usher in a Bicycle Freedom Revolution in the country and make it a viable option for daily transportation. RAC-F’s initiative is essentially aimed at bringing back the culture of Cycling by creating awareness in society on the virtues of using Cycle and its benefits. RAC-F also partners with transport infra activism, Cycle Manufacturers, Cycling Communities and Government Organizations with a single minded devotion to provide a fillip to Cycling culture. The foundation over the years has initiated several programs including Tour of Nilgiris (TfN), NammaCycle, Cyclerecycle and additionally supported charity activities so as to achieve its stated objectives. For more information, visit the Ride A Cycle Foundation page on Facebook.