Sport cycling has flourished in India, especially in Bangalore, in the recent years. The city has its own cycling team, Specialized Kynkyny, and it also serves as the starting point for the annual ‘Tour of the Nilgiris.’
On Friday evening, a bunch of committed individuals who have promoted the sport, addressed the media, dwelling upon Specialized Kynkyny’s team for the current year and its immediate goals.
The team director, Vivek Radhakrishnan, lauded his group’s progress over the last two years, thanked the sponsors and made a special mention of Fariyal Jamadar, the first woman cyclist to join them.
“Our goal is to do well in the National championship. Yes, we did compete last year, but it was primarily for Karnataka. In fact, the entire State squad was made up of our team, but this time the federation is open to having private teams compete, and that is a good sign for us,” Vivek said.
Naveen John, a leading cyclist with the team and who excels in time trials, spoke about the need for structured training.
“We are streamlining our training schedules, and it is the small things that matter, especially when you are trying hard to break into the top-three.
“We have the equipment now, we have coaches monitoring our progress from across the seas based on the data we generate during our training schedules. Cycling is looking up,” Naveen said, and it was a sentiment shared by Rohan Kini, who heads ‘Bums On The Saddle’, a retailer of cycles and accessories.
Specialized Kynkyny notched up 16 wins and 37 podiums last year, and aims to do better this year, which has started well with seven wins and 16 podiums.