Bangalore Bicycle Championship: Race to finish at Nandi Hills
The 112.3 km race will be flagged off at 6 am on Saturday
Bengaluru: Cyclists and enthusiasts living in and around Bengaluru have a unique chance to participate in an official cycling race on Saturday that will end on a hilltop. The 112.3 km race will be flagged off at 6 am on Saturday.
A part of the Bangalore Bicycle Championships and is the 10th race of the season. Chikkaballapur MLA K Sudhakar will flag-off the race from Century Sports Village on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad Highway and it will end in the Nandi Hills.
Dr. Arvind Bhateja of the Spectrum Racing said, “The Bangalore bicycle championships – Nandi Epic race is one of the most anticipated cycling races in the entire nation. It draws cyclists from all over the country who fiercely fight for the top spots on the podium in all categories.”
The challenge of the hilltop finish on the top of Nandi Hills after riding nearly 105 km on the highway prior to the climb makes it challenging, makes it an epic battle of attrition amongst the contenders. Even for those who are not contesting the podium, there is a battle being fought within them to overcome their own fears and improve on their performances,” he added.
A smaller race of 68.7 km will be held for amateurs, women and Under-18 categories. Both the races will start at 11:30 am. For the safety of the cyclists, automobiles won’t be allowed on the road leading to the finish.
MLA Dr. K Sudhakar pointed out that the ever-increasing number of travelers and tourists flocking to Nandi Hills, the safety of cyclists, trekkers and climbers is a major concern.
“I had prevailed upon the authorities to keep weekends exclusively for cyclists, climbers, joggers and other fitness enthusiasts by banning movement of automobiles. It would become an attraction soon,” he said.
This race comes just after the local MLA had made Nandi Hills completely cycle-friendly zone during weekends between 5 am and 9 am. The first ever mega cycling event on July 1 and 2, 2017 received great response from cyclists, joggers, and other fitness enthusiasts.