This year, the TFN machine is starting to get oiled, greased to roll out a bigger, better ride for 2009. The route’s final, the numbers are being worked out – both the number of participants and volunteers as well as the financials that go into supporting and managing a huge event like this. Potential sponsors are being spoken to, and the TFN Facebook group has grown to double its strength in two short weeks!There’s also anticipation and excitement getting built up amongst bikers around here – 53 people have started logging their training and this time around tweetdom is alive too! Not surprising, since high end cycling has really really taken off in the last year, and for many, the TFN is something they aspire to do. Here’s the story so far for this year. The Route: Its a little easier this year, with the 160kms days being avoided based on feedback from last year. Most days are 80-100kms or thereabouts. Day 0 – Dec 15 – Pre tour breifing – Bangalore
Day 1 – Dec 16 – Bangalore – Mysore
Day 2 – Dec 17 – Mysore – Hassan
Day 3 – Dec 18 – Hassan – Mercara
Day 4 – Dec 19 – Mercara – Irupu
Day 5 – Dec 20 – Irupu – Sultanbathery
The waitlist of those pre-registered for the TFN is huge! Bikers around here have already been trianing with the TFN firmly in their sights. Weekends towards Nandi Hills are starting to turn into cycle-jams, and the leaderboard on Dailymile starts at a 1000kms+ already! See you all at the TFN! And I must start doing the longer weekend rides once again ….