A few days ago, a colleague of mine asked if I was participating in the Tour of Nilgiris. Since I am not, I replied with a no without giving much thought to it. However, it must have stuck in my mind somewhere. For I cannot think of any reason why the first thing that came to my mind this morning was I should participate. So here I am committing to myself that I will take on the Nilgiris within the next two years. Ideally, I would like to go for it in 2010; I have a year with me. But since this year there were 300 applicants and only 70 are allowed to participate I give myself one more year.
The Tour of Nilgiris is a 8-day 900km bicycle tour. It takes the rider through Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Madkari, and Ooty. It is non-competitive. Sure it is no Tour de France, but at the age of (almost) 45, this is what I look forward to.
More that the tour, it is likely to be a discovery of self. Will keep posted - most probably will launch a new blog to track my progress as I go from a occasional-cycling enthusiast to a full-blast tour cyclist.