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Manali to Leh Cycling Expedition – The Last Man Standing

I don’t know if it was by choice, chance or just pure destiny but I always found myself last man standing in the entire and there is nothing real good about it. You are virtually alone on those mountains and when you reach passes by 4-5 pm, it’s almost freezing.

While this is it, I am personally very satisfied with my achievement, not that I had any doubt before embarking on this journey but when you weigh 95kg, you really need to think.

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Our Group at the Talkatora Stadium

Our journey started on Sep 26th, bunch young riders had assembled near Talkatora Stadium to reach the start point, Manali. My first impression after looking at the riders was almost like I being a misfit in this group, within minutes I realized everyone was just “Hi & Hello” away, and friends were made immediately.

We reached Manali on 27th evening, yes that was 24 hrs journey and there is no point talking about it, anyways it was fun with friends.

Day 1: Manali – Marhi

Was informed that first two days are going to be tough and I was mentally prepared for it but never realize, your mental preparations is virtual, in reality the world is different.  I was on the verge of giving up the whole tour in first 1 hr, I couldn’t just climb. Stopped for some time, took off all my warm clothes and realize the problem was actually my riding gear. I have never done ride 1*1 hence never realized it was an option.

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Our stay in Marhi

Our stay in Marhi

First day was not so difficult mentally or physical, may be because I had a great company of Mr. Vishal Tomar. We were almost last on first day and that was an indication of days to come.  This night was also my first experience with sleeping in tents and using sleeping bags. It wasn’t easy night because some weird noise outside the tent but I survived.

Day 2: Marhi-KhokSar-Sissu-Tandi

I had lost track of time of by day and it was all dependent on sun rise and breakfast readiness, never realize when I starting the ride and when it finishes.  Anyways, we started riding towards Rohtang Pass, I started virtually imagining the snow. Had never been here and I thought the roads must be like what we saw in “Jab We Met”.

The only important aspect I remember from Day 2 ride was headwind, rest everything I don’t. I know it was getting very difficult for me but somehow just did it, Vishal was cruising ahead and a lot of other riders passed me and there I get my last man standing status.  Anyways after riding slowly and steadily, crossed Rohtang Pass and went towards downhill section.  This downhill section from Rohtang Pass to Khoksar was amazing, had never done anything like this my life.

I would consider myself fairly good in downhill and as a matter of fact everyone is, was fortunate to catch Vishal and Kaushik and now I had company.  Had lunch at kosher, I would probably stop here again in next visit just to eat rice and meat, avoided non veg during ride time.

From Khoksar we started our journey to our day 2 basecamp, Tandi and I was told its flat, almost road like our own GFR. Wise men have called it out again and again, on hills there is no flat road and I realized it next few minutes.  From Kosher to Tandi, it was mix of emotional ride, I had great company but some really good cycling. The terrain gave all levels of challenges and downhill section just before Tandi was amazing!

Reached our basecamp in evening and it was tough day, I had virtually lost everything on Rohtang climb and Rajiv Dubey called it couple of times, you are looking very tired and yes I was.

Day 3: Tandi-Keylong-Jispa-Darcha-Patseo

Good men again came to my rescue, Mukesh and Vishal had plans to take bath in Kylong as this was our last hope to take shower and I desperately needed that. We left 1 hr early and went to a nice place in Keylong for good warm water shower, it took us 3 hrs for three us to take shower and have breakfast, it was indeed long shower.

I was riding easy on 3rd day and probably it was the shower, had no difficult till we reach our lunch point. Met some lovely people on the way, clicked few photographs and had awesome fun. It all started after lunch, it was uphill with extremely bad road conditions.  Reaching our basecamp was dream, things started to look easy after 7 km and were told its all downhill & flat now till our basecamp, again its never flat on hills and I kept forgetting this fact.

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Day 3 was first day when I thought of giving, last 3 kms to basecamp after Patseo was extremely difficult, later I was I was told it was the same for all. Anways just managed to walk down last 3 kms in company of Kaushik and Vivian, I just survived. While I may have survived the ride, the actual pain started when I reached basecamp, it was freezing. I tried to lay down in tent for some time, it didn’t help and then I started having breathing problem, wind was also creating problems.

Snow on our bike tyre, morning (Oct 1st)

Snow on our bike tyre, morning (Oct 1st)

I just went out, grabbed a cup of tea and biscuit and went inside temo traveller, I just wanted to get away from cold and yes, I was struggling with my breath now. Stayed inside the bus for almost 2 hrs, was worried about the lack of oxygen in bus as well.  Managed to get hold of my breath after few hrs, went inside dining hall and got hold of a warm corner, it was all well now.  The cold wind had also settled down by then and I had the real experience of high altitude.

 

Day 4: Patseo-ZingZingBar-Baralachala-Killingsarai-Sarchu-Brandy Nalla

Day 4 was scary, I was told about the Baralachala climb and I would consider myself fool, if I thought it would be easy for me. This was day I was the real test of my body and stamina, last few kms at least till ZingZing bar was fairly comfortable then came the climb towards Baralachala. I had lost it in last 8 km, no energy left now and I was all alone again with sever breathing problems. I was later caught by Kaushik and Vivian, we started walking now. The sweep vehicles started making rounds and I realize our time was up, we decided to take short and that decision fall flat on me, I struggled more on walking uphill.

The sweep vehicle came and we were recommended to get in till the pass but fellow cyclists didn’t give up and that gave me the moral boost. Started riding again till lunch point, that was Vishal Lake. Hats off to Shubho, he was stationed there from last 6 hrs and I realized this was under extreme condition.  Baralachala was 3kms away from lunch point, good man Chiro gave me moral boost here, I started riding again with no company at all and the last man standing.

My face now had started to swell because of lack of oxygen

My face now had started to swell because of lack of oxygen, on the climb to Baralachala

From Day 4 onwards, the sweep vehicle driver started looking at me like a prey. Vultures hover around waiting for their prey to fell down, exactly the same way I saw at people on sweep vehicles and this I say with all due respect, they were doing what they were expected to  do and It was difficult, they couldnt have left me alone.

This was also the first where I witness snow, the sweep vehicle was stationed at the pass and I driver started to walk towards me, after a km he saw me riding, we exchanged smile J . This is it, I had done it and now the downhill. On the downhill section I met two another brave riders Gagandeep and Rajiv, they are amazing and inspiring. I started to ride with me or started to catch them. Our ride was terminated at Killingsarai because of safety reasons. We stayed near Brandy BR that night, it was almost 30km from  Killingsarai and we were transported to safety. I just loved my stop at Killingsarai though, had fresh roti sabzee!

Day 5: Gatta Loops, Nakeela Pass, Lachungla Pass

I started riding with Vishal today and loved our pace, in front of us it was the dreaded Ghata Climb and I was scared, really scared. I was told about the 21 steep loops but hey, we did it without any problem at all. I even didn’t notice when it was done, we just clicked pictures on Ghata end and moved on. The ride from Ghata Loop to Nakeela was difficult but still manageable and here again I lost company because of Army convey, didn’t take any chance while they were passing through.

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After few km I got hold of Vishal and Vivian caught up with, and just near Nakeela Pass they both still had good energy,  went with zoom for downhill and I was again the last man standing.  Managed Nakeela pass as well, had quick lunch and then geared up for another climb.

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At lunch point Vishal was ready to go and he simply said, “aa jaa ho jaayega…3 nahee 4 ghante hoga par ho jaayega, 7 km hai bas”.  I got my energy from him, started riding again or walking again. This was getting extremely difficult, I would repeat extremely difficult.  Almost 5 km before the pass, the sweep vehicle came and suggested to hop on till the uphill, had the power and I denied it.

On this pass again I was last man standing, then caught up with Kamal in last 1 km.  Done, I did this climb as well and rest was downhill till Pang. This downhill was extremely dangerous and fearful, some bad thought s were coming to me but I would rather ignore this.  Reached our basecamp at around 6 with a warm welcome from Mukesh and Vishal, this stay inside the tent house was pleasant, never loved the idea of sleeping bag.

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Day 6: Uphill -Morey Plains-Tanglangla Pass – Rumsey – Lato

I don’t know if I really remember anything now, what I know was …I am still up and kicking this 95kg ass. Started my climb till Morey Plains, wasn’t really tough considering it was only 7km and then we had morey plains. I am surprised why we call Morey Plains, this just isn’t by any standards for cyclist. Didn’t had too much trouble here and yes I had company as well, Vishal, Kaushik and Arjun.  Reached lunch Darcha without any hassles had quick andaa parathaa and I was raring to go. I was relaxing for 10 min and realize my body is giving up now, started feeling high fever. I know my body, when I push myself too hard,  my body breaks and I will have high fever.  The idea of giving up was nowhere, had a combiflam and got on saddle again.

On Morey Plains with Kaushik Reddy

On Morey Plains with Kaushik Reddy

Just after 2 kms on road to Tanglangla Pass, I asked few people about the road condition and they said its same for next 10-15 km, the road was full gravels and extremely difficult to ride. After pushing for few more kms, I realize I was again the last man standing.

I continued to ride, suddenly two people from Tata Sumo approached and asked to board the tempo, I was told it was sweep vehicle and no riders left on the road to Tanglangla Pass now. I was surprised but denied to get swept, I continued to ride and my speed was now 3kmph. After 2-3 kms, the tempo traveller again and asked to get on till pass, I denied again. They stopped to have a chat, said, everyone has reached pass and Vishal was waiting ahead to board the bus and I must give up because of safety reasons and Yes I did then, no further question. I was following Vishal on this expedition and if he had given then I had no hope.

Got into bus, just after 1.5 km I realize Vishal is still riding and the sweep vehicle was asking him to board and he continued to refuse and I was shocked, I still had a brave rider out there. Immediately asked the vehicle to stop, got my bike out and I was there again. Vishal simply told, follow me, we will get through it.  I couldn’t realy catch Vishal but yes, I did complete the pass. Just before 200m the pass I stopped and prayed to god, let me get over this. It was 6 P.M and I was still riding on Tanglangla Pass.

It’s done, I was never so happy in my life….yes I had all the passes and I shared this happiness with Vishal while we took the downhill journey.

Day 7: Lato – Mari – Leh

Fairly easy day in comparison to all others days, in fact first few kms were perfect picturesque road to ride and we decided to click lots of pictures.  I also loved the road because we crossed with Trishul regiment, I had never see a military establishment so close.  We stopped over at Mari for our lunch and after 4 I had cellular network, spoke to Shaily!

Somewhere between Mari and Leh

Somewhere between Mari and Leh

Ride from Mari to Leh was again beautiful, lots of monastery on the ways and it was all going fine till the end, the real pain on the last day was last 2 kms, it was uphill climb 🙂

Its done, wasn't it easy...I told you this!

Its done, wasn’t it easy…I told you this!

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Devils Circuit – 2013 (Obstacle Race)

This was my second obstacle race after Xwarrior in Delhi,  completely loved it.  The different obstacles were really tough and getting muddy was really fun. Devils Circuit did it first time in NCR, their first event was in Chandigarh.

 

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The Longest and Toughest 24 Hrs – Desert 500

You have never lived your life until you have lived it alone; those 24 hrs riding alone was my moment with self.

After contemplating joining several events out of NCR, finally decided to get onto Desert 500. List of other rides planned but didn’t execute; MTB Himachal, TFN, MTB Race Shimla and many more. Having attended one ride out NCR (Team 3 Dhanaulti) ride had made me crave for more. After speculations and budgeting challenges, finally enrolled in Desert 500 event on Sep 21st.

The registration means that you have committed to the ride and there is no running away, that’s how I commit!

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The training plan listed by Desert 500 was quite comprehensive and very detailed, unfortunately I couldn’t follow but I am going do that for all my upcoming rides. My training for Desert 500 was adhoc in nature, nothing planned but whatever I did was disciplined.

Training (3 week):

1.       Alternate day 30-40kms (around 8-9 AM) km ride on GFR, the important aspect was consistency.  No break within the ride team and consistent speed, additional push on all uphills.

2.       Alternate day running for 2-3kms (around 10 PM ) in my society, followed up with 76 stairs climb

3.        Twice in a weekly weight training with dumble’s, could do only for a week and avoided in last week before the event.

The training is not good enough to be discussed and probably not the best but it worked for me, certainly need to do more.

The ride was to start from 28th 10 A.M and expected to be finished in 24hrs as per the challenge, the max time allowed was 33 Hrs from start time. Cleary I had never planned to finish in 24hrs, my last longest ride was of 400Km in 26 Hrs, however, it did had an element of 2.5hrs of break at TS1. In spite of doing all mathematical calculation, the 24hrs challenge looked like a herculean task.

Ashish decided to give me company on the Desert 500 ride, we had two training together for the event. On Nov 24rd, we went for 100km ride but we have be content with 7Okm because of flats.

On Nov 25th, we decided to participate in 200km; the decision was taken on 23rd simply based on an idea of riding. We definitely ignore the right practice of not doing long ride before any big event but we decided to, no reasons at all. On the brevet ride expert riders did recommend not to continue and somewhere I too felt, it wasn’t recommended.  Anyway, we went with the ride and completed it in 10 Hrs, very easy paced ride with Ashish. As a matter of fact, both of us had a fall on Brevet ride. I was hurt on knee and Ashish on face/shoulders.

We had 2 days of rest and that included 12-14 hrs bus journey, still not sure if our Brevet ride was good decision or not.

 Day 1/2: Travel to Jodhpur

The organizer had provided free transportation service to Jodhpur and bike transportation on chargeable basis; hotel booking was also managed by organizer on our behalf. The biggest challenge with bike transportation was packing it up, I had never done and had no clue how to do it. Safe bet was taking it to bike store and get it packed, Krishna at Cyclofit did this job and briefly told me to assemble it.  We were assured that mechanics would be available in Jodhpur, good enough reason to be relaxed.

We boarded a packed bus around 10 PM from Delhi, it was a sleeper and Ashish was quick enough to grab 2 seats. It wasn’t a comfortable journey and neither bad, we managed to sail through.

We reached Jodhpur around 12PM and were told that bus can’t go beyond because of no entry restriction. We eventually managed to grab a local taxi and reached our hotel. Around 3 PM we were informed that bikes are also stuck because of no entry zone and expected to be with us around 11 PM, this was a real problem which gave me a sweet trauma.

We realized the bike wouldn’t reach us on time so we decided to go quick stroll near our hotel, it was 2-3 Km walk on busy road but still managed to gobble some Mawa Kachoree, Badaam Milk & Pyaz Kee Kachoree!!!

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We reached hotel around 9 PM and to our surprise we were informed about our bike arrivals, the organizers decided to ferry our bikes in local transport to hotel. It took not more than 30 to get our bike up and running, yahoo!!!!!!!!

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Day 3/4 – The ride day!

The ride was expected to start at 10 A.M, 20 Kms away from our hotel.  It was indeed early morning, we left hotel around 7:30 AM to start point, and the bikes were carried in another vehicle.

Not too much action at the start point, we were welcome in traditional way. Gatorade, Water, Banana and Energy Bars were available at the venue; it took 15 min for us to get ready.  With 30 min in hand, were just relaxing, suddenly I get SMS from work, client visit is cancelled and I don’t have rush through on Friday. Yes, after the ride I had to catch a train immediately, this just lifted my mood!

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The race director started his briefing and we went towards the start line, exact at 10:10 A.M the ride started.

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First 100 KM:

Started with an average speed of 27kmph and was feeling excellent,  tried to hook up with 500Km riders but they were too fast for me.  The group had riders like Shamim, Vishal and our very own Team 3; I couldn’t catch up with them.  After 10k, the 250Km riders came from behind with some amazing speed and I/Ashish just dragged our self, the group was riding with an avg speed 30-32kmph but eventually lost them after 10-12 km. In total I had 15-20 Km with different groups.

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Although I got left out from the group but still managed to generate good speed, averaging anything between 27-30 kmph for first 50Km’s. I touched 100 km’s in around 3.5 hrs, this was my best performance so far and while maintaining this speed, I lost rider partner at 70km.

Second 100 KM:

At 125km, it was turning point for 250 KM riders, I was worried to see so many rider headed towards home and I still hadn’t crossed half way mark.  This feeling can be worry any rookie rider. 

On this turning point, I had also got inners and jackets transported.  Although the temperature was getting cold but cold enough to inners/jackets, this created a huge problem for me. How to carry them forward? . Anyway, managed to stuff the inner in hydration bag and rolled the jacket on front stem, this created more riding issues and kept on adjusting till I reached 250km.

At around 160 KM, took a break at Army station (near Pokhran), the young army man had flurry of questions and I was more than happy to answer.  I also asked him about the Pokhran blast site, it was 30km away on the highway, gave a grand salute to A B Vajpayee on his achievement.

While I was there, saw Team 3 trio crossing, we waived at each other. WOW!! That was the moment, my legs felt fresh, I was excited as I was able to keep pace with these super riders, it filled a new sense of excitement in me, I was roaring to go. 200 got completed within 8 Hrs, so far my stoppages had only been at checkpoints but took an additional stoppage at “Lathee” to get my inners on, it was dark now.

At Lathee, interacted with few locals and said “Ram Ram”, they were happy and too excited about my cycling challenge.

Third 100 KM:

It was getting dark and after crossing Pokhran I could see brazen lands all over, no villages in sight for kilometers but traffic was moving. It was important for me to touch 250KM asap to get a psychological boost, last 25 KM was done at super speed with big WAVE to Indian Army personnel present near Jaismler.

Finally I reached the 500Km turning point (8:15 P.M), so far 6 riders had crossed and Team 3 trio were taking U turn from turning point, I am still in reach!!!

Took a rest of 30 min, repackaged myself and thanks to coffee from Ritu, I was roaring to go again.  First 10 Km was easy paced, silent ride along; I did meet Ashish on the way. After 10 km from turning start experiencing the real desert, well it wasn’t sand dune but barren enough land to scare. Imaging cycling alone at 10-11 P.M in night with no sight of human being for many kilometers and considering it was Lunar Eclipse; the barren was shining like hell but still pleasant.

The next 10 Km’s had more adventure, lots of Shambhars and wild cats start crossing the road with good speed, I wasn’t scared but worried as they might hit me. Fortunately, nothing bad happened and probably the lonely rider was scaring them.

 Fourth 100 KM

My strategy so far was very simple; maintain a consistent speed and only teak 10 min break on each check point. The check were also placed strategically, every 40-45 KM’s till we reach 400 and then after 25 KM in last 100. This really helped me to continue the rhythm.

While I was crossing Pokhran, saw Team 3 Trio resting on right hand side and Shamim/group resting at the left hand side. I wasn’t too excited about this because I knew they will cross me, I just had to maintain a consistent speed.

 Last 50Kms was getting difficult and I had also intentionally slowed down to conserve some energy.  At 375km, met Mr Dhawan, the Race Director. He was happy with my performance and asked to get along with group as last 100km would get difficult. I wanted to but I could, would have not been catch up with few super riders.

Last 100 KM

At this stage, it was more of mind game them body playing role of a rider.  Cramp had taken over me, it was getting very difficult and I had plan for last 50 Km which is rough road. With 6.5 Hrs left, it deed look like achievable target but still lots of risks involved. What bike breaks down? What If get a flat? What if crap stops me completely? With all these worries, I went head. Team 3 riders again crossed me but not before I had quick coffee break with the group. Started picking up my speed but still couldn’t, I was almost dragging myself.

While Jodhpur was 75km away, cramps started happening quickly and so my breaks. 1-2 min breaks after every 7-10 kms, this was derailing and killing my time.  I just continued to drag myself and pull to get an average of 25km.

With 3 Hrs in hand, I had to cross a tough 50km road. The road was really patchy and immensely difficult for any road bike rider. I was waiting for dawn and it continued to delay, after maybe 10 Kms finally had glimpses of sunrise, it started getting clear.  

Finally after sipping a RedBull at last checkpoint, I was headed towards the finish with a confidence I will finish with challenged limit. The mind was in agreement but body continued to question, Why I doing this??????

Finally at 9:10 I reached the finish point to get very very very warm welcome from super riders!  A ride to remember for life!

Finish Point with Race Director (Image - Team NAESAR Racing)

Finish Point with Race Director (Image – Team NAESAR Racing)

The day folded up with a quick nap at hotel followed up with a post race party, the excitement didn’t stop for me. I was lucky enough to be present and get Montra Bike as lucky draw from group of 500km participants.

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The Medal and Finisher Certificate:

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Wait, did I tell we made some great friends as well…..I couldn’t click everyone but certainly more friends to cherish!

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The true hero I look at – Rahul Dravid

I was only 17 years old when I saw the persona of Rahul Dravid on TV Screen and I recall, it was his debut match and he was playing along with Vinod Rathore. They both looked amazing on screen, young and ready to fire. That image is still engrossed in my memory and will never fade away.

While Rahul continued to make a mark in international cricket, Vinod Rathore couldn’t doo much; he admitted later “”Some batsmen like Rahul Dravid are technically correct. But if you are not technically sound, you have to have the conviction and trust yourself.”

“I think that is where I made a mistake. When I did not get runs, I started doubting myself.” (Source : Rediff.com)

3 April 1996: ODI debut versus Sri Lanka at The Padang, Singapore. He scored three runs.

For me Rahul is just not an inspirational but godly figure, when I look at him I see peace within and everywhere, that’s what the persona of Rahul Dravid is.  He reflects the true Indian which is lost somewhere. Resilient, Talented, Down to Earth, Brilliance, Charismatic, flamboyant yet humble! Salute to the master of masters!

He may not be aggressive and flamboyant enough to get everyone’s attention but every time he came to bat, you can be rest assured we may not win but we will make it difficult for opponent to win.  He never got enough applauds or media glare in comparison to super stars but for me, I see my idle in him.

When you grow up looking like at people like Rahul Dravid, you are bound to develop something within you, which becomes part of your icons characteristic, which I see within me.

I don’t have enough words or linguistically capable enough to write about him, have capture some quotes from excellent writers/bloggers below.

Sidin brilliantly puts it across as “Rahul Dravid, you can’t help but feel, is the Hawker Hurricane of Indian cricket.”

“In the days leading up to that match, and in the days after, much has been written about this unsung stalwart of the Indian cricket team. An omnipresent theme in all of the coverage has been that Mr. Dravid never has, and probably never will, get the credit due to him”

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/dravid-the-hurricane-man/?src=tp

From blogger Sidvee “Cricket is a team sport but it’s players who turn into building blocks for the narratives.  Teams win matches but it’s the individual brilliance that sticks in the memory. Throw up any game from the past and you will usually find an individual performance sticking out. Dravid in ODIs is usually not the one who leaps off the headlines, instead he’s often the focus of the second or third paragraph.”

http://sidveeblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/rahul-dravid-and-the-eternal-lament/

Last time in blue for Dravid

The positive news on Indian Grand Prix, sponsors and ticketing!

Finaly some good news from the world of Formula 1 racing, Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it will be the title sponsor for the first Formula One sporting event in India on October 30.  This title sponsorship  is going to be big booster for Bharti Airtel amid its declining subscribers in India.  Probably there acquisition of Zain Telecom will get a boost because of this brand building, along with it Airtel will have there reach spread across West Asia, Europe.

Airtel has not shared the price for this sponsorship but this is what  Bharti airtel CEO – India and South Asia Sanjay Kapoor had to say “Such events do not come cheap. We see value in this in investment,”

“As part of its association with F1, brand airtel will offer Formula One enthusiasts a host of innovative offerings and initiatives, which will be rolled out and announced in weeks to come”, from Economic Times

 

In another exciting news, tickets for the event are available on Bookmyshow . Looking at the price of tickets, it clearly signifies of being an elite sports,  ticket starts from 35,000, cheapest being of 2,500.  Not sure if the popularity of the game would increase in India, the section which will buy tickets already has good exposure on Formula 1.

In my previous posts, I had raised the concerns of official site still indicating the event to be tentative but it has changed now, official Formula 1 website has also removed the * sign,  let the game begin!

 

Indian F1 Grand Prix might move to Dec’11

We aren’t surprised with these changes, at least in India we are used to these last minute changes. Fortunately the reason is not Indian system but to accommodate Bahrain Grand Prix.

Formula 1 chiefs are considering a move to make the Indian Grand Prix the season finale on December 4, AUTOSPORT has learned, as a way of slotting the Bahrain GP back on the calendar.

As discussions continue between Bernie Ecclestone, the FIA and Bahrain officials about the race returning to the schedule, high level sources have revealed that Indian officials have been asked to look at a race date change to help accommodate the Sakhir event.

Read More: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/91492

Indian F1 Grand Prix Progress

I continue to track progress of India GP scheduled in Oct’11 this year, refer my previous post for additional details.  As of now, we have appraised  that tickets would be available by end of April but still no clue. I guess we dont want to deviate from Indian Standard Time

As per the organizers, the  The capacity of the purpose-built venue is around 110,000 and price is moderate. If I get correctly, its going to be 2500/- for three days and tickets would be available on bookmyshow.  The website does talks about  booking of tickets but only gives you an option to fill a form, when its available you will be notified.

Couple of weeks back organizers did announce the name of circuit and unveiled the logo, that gives us a hope. Its WIP and it has not stopped.

Related News : Indian F1 GP track named Buddh International Circuit

Jashn Hai Jeet Ka!

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What a day it was, simply unforgettable and to be cherished for coming months until the arch rivals meet again. It not be considered as one of the greatest match in history but it was nothing short of it. Such was the euphoria, almost 80% of Indian across world were watching the match live. 80% India across means 1 Billion Indians, ICC and ESPN laughing to the banks!

I was disappointed to be in office in this historic day but I was wrong, probably it was more fun at office then at home. It was not a regular day, it was a special day at work.

What truly impressed me was a the spirit of sportsmanship, no sledging, no foul mouth, no war like euphoria on pitch. Yea, had it been place lots of masala for media! Read the rest of this entry

India Formula 1 Grand Prix,where are we ?

Last month we took a quick drive to Jaypee Sports City in my own Ferrari and too our surprise we had access to everything there. Yes literally no one stopped us from taking ride through the entire F1 circuit area (not the actual track) and beyond, construction was in full swing and we could see significant development. Th entire sports city is huge, and I am sure when its developed it would be one of the best in world.

I do plan to visit again in couple of weeks to check updated status, audit :-). However, my biggest concern, why does official Formal 1 website still reflects * in front of Formula Grand Prix of India 😦

Details on India Formula 1 Race and good to know information.

For the first time ever, India will host its very own Grand Prix on 30th October, 2011, marking its entry into the world’s most renowned motorsports. There had been plans to host an Indian Grand Prix as early as 1997.

The great Indian dream has finally come true with Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) bagging a contract to host the Indian Grand Prix at their new racetrack near Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi  Read the rest of this entry

ICC Cricket World Cup Fever

My craze for sports is not hidden from any one, but what you dont is know is the effort I put in show off this craze. Yes I am looking for attention but in this personal attention, sports is also getting an attention. My WC’11 preparation started couple of months ago, I know had to act fast or may be just desperate to act fast. Ticket was booked from Kyazoonga (its different story that i hate Kyazoonga) in Dec’10 and plans were already put in place for other activities.

Just to get my car ready,had to run pillar to post. I get the stickers very cheap but too much effort is required. The sad part so far has been not receiving my order merchandise in timely manner and I am still struggling toget.Its CWC Horn (-:

Tomorrow is THE day and I am going to witness god!!!

Come Play With Me! Read the rest of this entry

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