- How did you start your cycling journey?
Back in 2013, a college friend Santhosh was looking for a partner to run marathons across India, so I decided to join him and from then on I started participating in Triathlons when I started enjoying cycling more than anything.
- Tell us about your bike – Scott Plasma RC and what does it mean to you?
I ride a 2017 Scott Plasma RC, which is probably a benchmark cycle one would set to ride for Triathlons and Time Trials. I am one of the two privileged riders in India who uses this frame-set which is equipped with an Ultegra Di2 group-set and deep section wheels.
Like most cyclists, I am very possessive about my bike and except me, no one else gets to ride my bike, be it anyone!
- Tell us about your cycling achievements
I believe there is a lot to achieve and I haven’t achieved much yet.
I completed an IronMan in Spain, the Paris-Brest-Paris 1230km ride in France, won a full Iron distance tri and a few half iron distance tris in India, a handful of local ITT wins and a few podiums in running too.
- Is there a training regime you follow?
My training consists of lots of tempo and solo rides. I ride 5 days a week and run once a week. My biggest aim is to be disciplined in training, have a structure and work towards a specific goal in the coming years.
- How do you maintain your bike?
I generally do not mess around with my bikes by experimenting myself. I visit Pro-Bikers once a week with one of my bikes. So, one week it’s the TT bike and the other week it’s my roadie. So, effectively the bike is checked once every 2 weeks.
- Favourite race so far and why?
My first IronMan in Barcelona! It was an out of the world experience, the level of competition and calibre of athletes around me were simply jaw dropping. It’s a day I will never forget.
- Your race ritual?
No ritual, but I like to be left alone and be as quiet as possible to fully focus on the race ahead. After the race, I just try to grasp the positives and negatives I can take out of it and move on, whether it’s a loss or even a win.
- What is the sponsorship potential for cycling athletes in India?
I was supported very early on by Scott Sports India, which boosted my confidence to perform better, however cycling in India is still not a mainstream sport and so sponsorship for the same is low or negligible, most of the athletes support themselves.
- Top speed ever during training?
I train in pan cake flat courses in Chennai achieving mostly around 60kmph with a lot of tail wind.
- What is your favourite food Pre and Post race?
A glass of milk before my morning ride and a chocolate protein shake post ride.
- For your legs: waxing or razor?
Nothing on training days and razor on race days.
- What other sports do you like to follow?
Football and F1.
- Any tips for riders who look upto you?
I would tell riders to not just follow me, but to aim higher. I haven’t achieved much and there is every chance to achieve greater if you are disciplined and willing to work harder.
- What are your future plans?
A humble and wiser me! I hope to absorb and learn from this sport, so that I can give back to it someday.
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