The charming smile of the youngest rider of TFN this year, the 14yr old, Rishi! Taking out his bike from the parking lot to head out and tame the 180km course for the day!
The Bulldog all set with two new red tires :)
Race director Francis having a word with two of the founding members of TFN, Ravi Ranjan and Rajesh Nair before the start of day3 ride.. Shakar looks on..
Baba Velo leading the pack as we got out of Hassan on our way to Madikere..
The bunch as we go by Meera.. Meera has been riding at her own steady pace not worrying about keeping up with anybody and finishing the long days strongly..
River(Kauveri?) flowing by the side as we ride past..
.. a clearer view..
Rakesh is back on course with new pedals.. Hari riding along in the pack..
Refueling at SS1
MarkH desides to race a village kid.. The kid who saw us coming sprints up and tries to race.. Here, Mark just inching ahead..
The kid almost dropping Mark.. close photo finish there.. Who do you think is ahead here? :)
Beautiful morning it was.. as we go past the enthusiastic kid..
At SS2, Baba Velo taking care of his disciples.. He fed us some peanut butter biscuits.. as you can see Mark loved them and so did the rest of us. Thanks Raj :)
Sreekanth(blr) arriving at SS2 along with Vineeth and Jeff.. These guys were always among the first guys to finish the ride and reach the hotel..
Jeff's classic steel beauty.. Davidson bike..
Vineeth and Jeff at SS2
Amrish, Ameet and Shankar arriving at SS2
Gaurav and Vishnu arriving at SS2
Siva arriving at SS2
Siva, 'the animal' all taped up for the ride.. don't ask me where else he got tapes but these are the ones visible ;)
Kishore Samanuri and Maninder from HCC
Raj adjusting the skewer on the front wheel..
Sumit Pal.. One hell of a rider.. He retained his 3rd position in GC on day3
Okay.. anyone wants this hitech bike? :)
MarkH and the bunch
The Nair brothers..
Gaudzilla is keeping an eye on you Maninder.. behave or else! :D
SS3 Lunch stop.. Bread and Pasta.. Good stuff.. Ravi and Akshay Jaitly having lunch..
Sumit, Rakesh, Vandit, Ravi, Mark and Vicki having lunch..
Baba Velo and VijayC
Sumit, Rakesh, Vandi and Ravi..
Baba Velo meditating after lunch..
Akshay and Hari decide to meditate as well.. :)
So do the rest of us.. you don't really care where it is after riding around 140km or riding :)
This is the view I saw as I began my meditation..
The curious villagers checking out the bikes..
Sreekanth Gupta and Gokul Krishna from HCC
Amrish and Gaurav arrive at SS3
Raman Garimella arrives at SS3
Dr. Dhanunjay helping people stretch.. He is god send for the riders keeping them up and running all day.. One of the many tireless behind the scene warriors who make TFN possible..
Siva caught doping..
Roadside resort.. Akshay in the tent while Ravi, Hari and Vicki made to with some blankets on the grass..
Rishi at SS3.. The little champ going strong..
The front bunch as we head towards SS4 where the 10km climbing CS starts..
The back part of the bunch on our way to SS4... Amrish, Shankar, Gaurav, Raman, Ameet and Mark.. Deepak Majipatil on his Enfield keeping a watch on the riders..
A religious possession underway on our way to Madikere.. Ayyapa devotees..
Raman trying to get through the sea of people..
Anybody wants to draft the big elephant? :)
As we try to find our way through..
As we try to find our way through.. Ravi followed by Siva..
On our way through forest..
On our way through a forest..
At SS4, start of the 10k climbing CS.. Baba Velo giving tips..
At the end of the CS, Vandit finishing the ride on a loaned bike after a bad crash that broke the rear derailuer..
Gaudzilla, all scratched up
Jens Voigt of the day..
Kiran calling ambulence to tend to Vandit
That's Narayan(from Gurgaon) who loaned his Bianchi Nirione to Vandit to finish his CS..
Hari and others look on as ambulence arrives..
Shankar finishing the CS.. obviously gave it all..
Gaurav finishing the CS..
Amrish at the end of the CS..
Eric Yeh and Akshay Jaitly
Vandit being administered first aid..
Dr. Arvind putting on his doctor's cap.. err.. no cap :)
Sreekanth Gupta from HCC at the end of the CS
The end of the CS was the end of the stage for the day..We then got on to a bus and headed towards our resort..
Greenery on the way to our resort..
Inside the van..
The guys limping with stiffness as they got out of the van.. Apologies for the hazy snap..
Vineeth made it to the resort well before us..
The resort has got a nice swimming pool..
Mark Anderson the GC leader after day3 having a swim after a long hard ride..
On our way to the rooms..
Top 20 GC positions after day 3
Top 20 Day 3 Results..