HELLO FROM BALA (RIDE LEAD PROGRAM)

Shaun George BOTS News

I started riding when I was a kid and used my bike for commuting to school and then later to college. Lost touch with cycling for a few years in between and then started riding again about 5 years ago. I started riding longer distances with a bunch of friends.

I got really into it, bought my road bike last year and wanted to get the feel of the cycling scene in Bangalore. I was going through a few websites, came across the Bots ride lead program. I was asked to participate in the century ride which was happening that weekend. It was the Savandurga century. I was amazed at the sheer number of people who had turned up for it. I was trying to keep up with the fast group throughout the ride, asking the riders for tips and tricks for endurance riding. Although I got dropped on the way back, I did finish the ride, in decent time. Since then, I have been trying to improve my riding skills by interacting with the experienced riders and passing along whatever I have learned to the new riders who join the weekend rides on some of the best routes in the city. It’s been really fun and cycling has become a major part of my life ever since. It’s given me enough confidence to participate and compete in brevets. I haven’t been cycling regularly to work on weekdays, but I wake up at 4:30 on Sundays like clockwork for the weekend rides.

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