The lazy and picturesque Avathi village near Nandi Hills with its many hillocks and temples came alive with some serious shredding on 21st August 2016. It was the day in the calendar of Bangalore Bicycle Championships (BBCH) season hosting their most awaited XCO race. Like every time the committed team of volunteers managed to rise up to design a course with reasonably challenging technical and flat sections that appeal to both, new comers and pro-riders who use the race as practice field to grind their skill. Crank knows a lot goes into the course design as diligent volunteers do the marking a full day in advance. Kudos to the team of Marghoob Hassan, Kurram NK and Sunil Nanjappa. This race saw 14 Elite, 27 Amateur, 4 Women & 2 Under 18 participants. A good attendance for a technical course.
In the words of Craig Rains a regular on the riding circuit and a big patron of competitive bicycle racing in India, “the course had it all from short punchy climbs, flowing fast dual tracks and technical descents…even a few water (mud) crossings to spice it up!” The five laps riding up the short punchy temple road where riders were instructed to stay on the left the road to add that “off-road element” followed by a descent down the temple hill. The elites flagged off first with Kiran Kumar Raju opening a quick gap on the climb followed by Craig, Vivek & Thomas. Craig hit the flat on the down run and the positions changed. It was fun, challenging and gruelling and a test on lungs. The jury is still out on tubeless when you get flatted on a course like this. No amount of CO2 cartridges will prevent you from grazing the rim before finish.
The professionally conducted BBCH event calendar with mix of five road and five MTB events through the year offers riders to test their skills against the rest and goes a long way in making Bangalore as the Bicycling capital of the country. Three more races to go for the season. For more information you can access www.bbch.in