Team Spectrum in the peloton as it races towards Nandi Hill

Team Spectrum in the peloton as it races towards Nandi Hill

A happy bunch of riders indeed

A happy bunch of riders indeed

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

Motorised support for the riders - we take our racing seriously

Motorised support for the riders – we take our racing seriously

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).

Team Spectrum at the Bangalore Bicycle Championships (BBCh)

Team Spectrum at the Bangalore Bicycle Championships (BBCh)

2014

Race Race Type Month Rider Podium Category
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 Criterium May Vicki 1st Womens
BBCH Nandi Epic June Vicki 1st Womens
BBCH Nandi Epic June Venky 2nd Masters

 

We like life in the fast lane

We like life in the fast lane

2013

Race Race Type Month Rider Podium Category
BBCH Individual Time Trial Feb Vicki 2nd Women’s
BBCH MTB March Shilpa Deo Podium Women’s
BBCH Road Race April Vicki 1st Women’s
BBCH Road Race April Dev Veera 1st Category 2
BBCH Road Race June Vicki 1st Women’s
BBCH June road race June Hari Podium Category 2
BBCH Team Time Trial August Venky, Arvind, Gautam and Mohan 1st Masters
BBCH Nandi Race Oct Vicki 1st Women’s
BBCH Nandi Race Oct Arvind 2nd 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