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Next to CCD or HP Petrol Bunk(3 km from International Airport Road toll gate),
Well it all began at 2009 with a few ‘weekend warriors’ mashing pedals as they raced their way to Nandi every Sunday. In a span of just five years, its grown by leaps and bounds. Today, we have more then 8 teams, with an average of 10 to 12 competitors each, training all the year-round. Each race day we have an average of about 80 competitors, semi-pros flying in from Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Mumbai to compete, tons of volunteers and spectators. In short, the Bangalore Bicycle Championships (BBCh) are a bicycle racing championship for amateurs, organised by professionals modeled on an international format.
Over the last six years, BBCh has consistently set the standards by conducting great races in Bangalore. Along with the quality of the racing, the competition and the participation kept growing. But, with BBCh growing in popularity and more teams with state and national level riders coming up.
In 2015, BBCh have increased the race count and ensured that there is a race every month for roadies till July. There are 6 tarmac and 4 dirt races this year as total 10 races from February to November. Race day is always on the third Sunday of each month. We love all forms of biking and our championships reflect this with not just road races but also the first downhill, criterium, cyclocross and team time trial races in the country.
The last road race of the awesome Bangalore Bicycle Championships 2016 season is going with a Nandi Epic 100km & 61Km Road Race on NH-7 Bangalore - Hydrabad Highway.
The race will start at 7am. Get to the venue at 6-6:15am. Make sure you pre-register and digitally sign your indemnity form online, so you just have to collect your bib numbers on race day. The start will be a little past the Airport toll gate and finish will be a Nandi Hill Gate.
Race HQ is 3 km from the airport toll gate. Take a U-turn when you see the Cafe Coffee Day and HP petrol bunk on the opposite side on the highway where bib collection, pre-race briefing and staging will take place. Cars can be parked in the service lane.
100km Course Description
THE WAY OUT
The race rolls north on NH-7, past a couple intersections that will be marshaled. After 37 km of rolling terrain, some really long flyovers, exposed highway, and south-westerly crosswinds to deal with, the race "descends" 8 km, on straight and fast highway, to the U-turn point. The U-turn will be marshaled and will have a neutral feed station.
THE WAY BACK
The first challenge of the course is the 8 km of highway climbs from the U-turn point. Once that is behind you, the race continues to go south until the marshaled right-hander that has you crossing the highway and put riders on the approach to Nandi. Here, you have to deal with a block headwind, a railway crossing, a series of low speed humps and a false-flat all the way to the base of the climb.
THE EPIC CLIMB
Nandi Hills is a double headed climb. The total climb is 7.34 km at around 5%. The first 4 km is the shallower bit to a saddle point where you switch from Nandi I to Nandi II. The last 3 km to the summit of Nandi II is steeper, includes some steep switchbacks and kicks to the finish!
The Route : 100km
Here’s the route for the Nandi Epic Road Race.