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Well, Salman Khan cudn't make it but 4999 other cyclists did. Plus me. But for the sheer strength of the number, there isn't much else to ride about! Even though it was an event to promote the upcoming Commonwealth Games, many could not manage to overlook the sordid state of part of the route that stretched near C.P. More than anything, more than the flashy jackets, the VIP lounge area, and the cameras, more than the D.J. host, the most striking thing was the line up of cops across the entire track. Some familiar faces, perhaps? Dont know for sure but it was good to see the kids having a ball of a ride. If nothing, the very fact is that you are cycling. And that basic mehanism of pushing your foot on the pedal for that first thrust forward and then going round n round n round...a little bent, turning the wheels faster, the clanging sound of the chains, and as usual my new purchase of a cyclocomputer failed to work but for the clock.

Every second counts, says Lance Armstrong. Well, on my much smaller scale, it was the devilish pleasure of overtaking a fellow rider just because they were not serious enough. Heheh. I won!

Delhi's first cyclothon perhaps? Next time, I hope we have a better, longer track, a little away, a little secluded, with a bit of off-roading. Meanwhile, hope is high and so are the spirits. Opening ceremony is booked and J.N. Stadium comes acallin' :)

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Comment by Vijyant bhardwaj on September 16, 2010 at 7:08pm
yes i am planning one. not yet final. But I think my cycling may not as intense as others but relaxed and occasionally spurt or burst. Can you tell me abt ur experiences on trek and what would u recommend?
R u still doing ur regular rounds?
Comment by Tulika Bhatnagar on September 16, 2010 at 7:04pm
hey vijayant. thx a lot! yeah i have been keeping v busy of late but will soon start writing more! rajesh is a great support, are u planning to buy a new cycle? have u decided which one yet? i m not in east delh!! i m in the south! but pedalyatri east sounds like a gud idea...
Comment by Vijyant bhardwaj on September 16, 2010 at 9:54am
Hi tulika,
read ur blogs. you do write well. Just noticed you have not been writing so often. Would be good to read you more? I will surely check ur writings regularly.
I have started planning to restart cycling. Cd u share abt experience with rajesh? BTW I am also in East Delhi. Are there any more members in east delhi/noida? We may start a small group on the lines of "pedalyatri"of gurgaon.
cheers.
Comment by Tulika Bhatnagar on September 2, 2010 at 9:22am
absolutely agree wih you! u were there too? overall it was good fun! m jus hoping cycling scene really hots up fast in delhi n we have more neatly laid out cycling lanes and specially designed green courses...!!
Comment by Gaurav jain on September 1, 2010 at 1:46pm
good one. at least some +ve things abt the tour de delhi, otherwise ab tak to sirf buraiyaan hi sun raha tha event ki. i personally loved it. few things here n there can be overlooked. afterall we were there to have fun, not point out the glitches in the management. media is doing a good job there.! WHAT SAY?
Comment by Tulika Bhatnagar on August 31, 2010 at 9:42pm
:)
Comment by Zubair Lodi on August 31, 2010 at 8:05pm
:)
Comment by Tulika Bhatnagar on August 30, 2010 at 9:37am
the track was not bad yaa but quite narrow n the riders were many...so when it started, there was this huge rush that u see when boarding a bus or metro. some may have fallen during that moment, perhaps? well, next one i hear is MTB himachal and then a jim corbett race in nov...maybe delhi should learn from those events, a thing or two!
Comment by Gaurav Sharma on August 30, 2010 at 9:26am
It seems track was bad and also caused few riders to fall. Not good for delhi at all.

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