As medical professionals, we have been trained to treat people. But, in keeping with the old adage that prevention is better than cure, we believe in doing our best to keep our bodies in good health. It is no secret to most in the know that in collaboration with Dive India (India’s pioneering dive centre in the Andamans) and Spectrum Physio (our physiotherapy partners) Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital are proud sponsors of the best organised amateur cycling team in the country – Team Spectrum Racing.
What began as a group of happy, jovial weekend riders has become rather more serious. Today many hard miles are put in over the course of the year. Training is taken seriously and, true to our scientific roots, output is painstakingly measured. Today, the whole of Team Spectrum in on Peaks – an internationally
acclaimed coaching and training programme. They travel to various cities to compete in every amateur competitive cycling event in the country. The results are there for all to see.
In 2012 Team Spectrum took the overall Team Trophy at the Bangalore Bicycle Championships, arguably the biggest community-based cycling competition in the country. We have never looked back since. 2013 brought more podiums including a win at the Tour of the Nilgiris (TfN). 2014 has been a red-letter year with the Team’s best performances thus far.
Perhaps what is even more telling is the camaraderie that exists between people from all walks of life. While racing might be a serious business, it is the jest and jollity that brought them together a few years ago, that still binds them. So, if you see a bunch of cyclists in blue and pink on the highway near Hoskote (their usual training ground), give them a wave and a shout out.
Here are the results of our competing in the city-level amateur cycle racing scene over the last couple of years. Bangalore is lucky enough to have more than one a round-the-year cycling championship and we make sure we ride in all of them. The championships are the Bangalore Amateur Race (BAR), Bangalore Bicycle Championships (BBCh) and races conducted by the Student’s Foundation for Sports (SFS).
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||Jan 26th||Vicki||1st||Womens|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||Jan 26th||Venky||2nd||Masters|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||Jan 26th||Arvind||3rd||Masters|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||Feb 16th||Venky||2nd||Masters|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||Feb 16th||Arvind||3rd||Masters|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||Feb 16th||Shankar||1st||Open|
|BAR||Team Time Trial||March 23rd||Arvind, Shankar, Mohan||1st||Open|
|SFS||Team Time Trial||March||Venky, Ameet, Shankar||3rd||Open|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||March 10th||Arvind||3rd||Masters|
|BAR||Individual Time Trial||March 10th||Shankar||1st||Open|
|BBCH||Individual Time Trial||Feb||Arvind||3rd||Masters|
|SFS||Team Time Trial||March||Arvind, Venky and Mohan||2nd||Open|
|BBCH||100k Road race||March||Venky||1st||Masters|
|BBCH||100k Road race||March||Vicki||1st||Womens|
|BBCH||Team Time Trial||April||Arvind, Venky and Ameet||1st||Masters|
|BBCH||Individual Time Trial||Feb||Vicki||2nd||Women’s|
|BBCH||Road Race||April||Dev Veera||1st||Category 2|
|BBCH||June road race||June||Hari||Podium||Category 2|
|BBCH||Team Time Trial||August||Venky, Arvind, Gautam and Mohan||1st||Masters|
|TFN||TFN Stage Race||Dec||Vicki||1st||Women’s|
|TFN||TFN Stage Race||Dec||Gautam||3rd||Masters|
|BBCH||Overall Winner for 2013||Season||Vicki||1st||Women’s|