Right after climbing the first 15 kilometers, the riders descended the 40 hairpin bends of the 12km breathtaking climb to head to their final destination – Pollachi. With no competitive segment and just 74 km to cruise, the riders displayed their skills until they reached the base of Aliyar dam. Plenty of them also halted at certain hairpins that open the sky as well as the view below. The venue served as the ideal spot for riders to click pictures before they get back to their normal lifestyle. From there onwards, it was a flat road towards the scenic Sakthi River Resort where the closing ceremony would be taking place.
With the speedy and technical downhill, it got difficult for us to keep up with the fast riders. Besides, getting pictures were also becoming a task. It was good to see the riders chatting, laughing and pedaling their way. From tomorrow things will change as they all will head to their respective cities and get back to their usual life. Clicking pictures and making the best out of their last day was all they were looking forward to. They halted wherever they wished. They filled their bellies with some amazing filter coffee and also tried out the Todi drink.
However, the scenic tour did not end this way. Many riders had insisted the organizers for a team time trial. As it was not a part of the competitive segment and did not contribute to the overall grand standings, quite a few riders formed a team of four. A 5 km stretch was marked as the competitive segment where a team of four would race against time. The rule also permitted one rider to be dropped on their way to the end point.IMG_1194
Very few riders teamed together with their friend to form a team. The goan’s got together to form the Goan express while the Bangaloreans and others formed their own teams. It was quite thrilling to watch Indian riders belonging to different age groups battling it out over a 5 kilometer stretch for nothing. Some managed to sync in well while the others just tagged along or were forced to drop out. As we took the last bend and headed to the resort, we too decided to keep our responsibilities away and enjoy some Todi.
We quickly got off the road and enjoyed some Todi along in a neatly handcrafted coconut leaf. The entire presentation added extra flavor and built a lot of excitement for first-timers. Once done enjoying the lovely drink, we rode to the resort and had a lovely lunch sitting by the side of the river( river name). after the tour of Nilgiri, riders were done jumping in the pool, many of them got together to enjoy their meal.
Following the meal, riders wrapped up their bikes and suited up for the closing ceremony. After the ceremony, many of the riders used the tour of Nilgiri transport and headed their way to the Metropolitan city – Bangalore. With a cool off party waiting at the night, plenty of riders were excited to have a good evening. Besides, the race results were also something that riders and, friend and family members were looking forwards too.