Sunday 17th June, 2011, 5.45 am - While most of us preferred to catch up on our weekly backlog of sleep, 20 odd members(volunteers included) of Hyderabad bicycling club championship were found waiting at the start line for the race to start. For them , it was no ordinary Sunday, but 2nd sunday of June and time for the 8th edition of Hyderabad Bicycling club Championship. This time a road challenge. ( FYI, HBC organizes a race second Sunday of every month). I had the privilege of following the riders on my activa with photographer Devraj. Here's an pictorial account of how it went
Riders waiting for the race to start. 17 in all, not all of them in the pic
Roopak went for a sprint start
And succeeded in developed a big gap pretty soon. Rest of the ride he was on a time trial. Srikanth
had a real bad start, and is the last rider you can spot in the pic.
Vamsi and Gokul (not in pic) had a great start too, and was right behind the wheel of Sunil for quite a long time.
Murali trying to catch up Gokul and Vamsi.
Deepu had an ordinary start, but is slowly breaking away from the rest of the pack here
Mahesh, followed by Sam and Vamsi
Meanwhile Sunil broke away from the rest of the pack too, and Srikanth did a terrific job to come all the way up just behind Roopak and Sunil. Here, he is seen breathing right on Sunil's neck.
Roopak however, at the 15 km mark, had already build a minutes gap between himself and Sunil.
Sreekanth at the 21 km turn around point. By now, he has overtaken Sunil.
Gokul fighting cramps and saddle sores( new saddle)
Well, Roopak was too fast, and finished before we reached. Srikanth finishes second. Devraj(photographer) congratulates him.
1st, 2nd and 3rd, left to right
Deepu was the first MTB guy to finish, and was 5th overall. Wonder what will happen if he gets hold of a road bike.
Chilling out while waiting for the other riders to finish.
More pics of HBCC 8 here