Route Info 2017-04-26T07:37:05+00:00

STAGE PROFILES

10TH TO 17TH DECEMBER 2017

944 km | 14015M+ | 14170M- *

7 consecutive stages from Sunday 10th December to Sunday 17th December

TFN 2017 Grand Depart open on Sunday 10th December

Nearest airports: Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

*Approximate figures

STAGE ONE : The BreakAway

10TH DECEMBER 2017

Bangalore – Mysore
168KM | 1229 M+ | 1395M-

Dec 10 – It’s a Sunday! and that means you need not fight for road space with the daily commuter to get out of Bengaluru <sigh!>
Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at the tour hotel, some pleasantries on the stage, lot of pictures with family and friends.. and then off we go.. we make a brisk exit from Bengaluru city while it is busy catching a nap and pedal onto NICE expressway (they open it to cyclists only for TFN ). Don’t worry about the climbs today, we shall have them later
We will cover 167 km of rolling terrain losing some 500m of altitude over the first 100 km. Ride through quiet roads flanked by endless paddy and ragi fields fed by the canals from river Kaveri. Stop by at the towns to sip in some hot tea or a comforting tender coconut. Keep an eye for those push carts serving steaming hot idli and flavoured rice in the mornings. As the sun catches up , get ready for the optional Time trial section near Halguru – it’s you vs the clock .
Well, you will be hungry by now from all that hard work.. stop at a support station to grab some sukeli (dried bananas) or top up your hydration and then pedal up till Malavalli for some hot lunch prepared by the tour kitchen. Get some rest, stretch some muscles and ride on.. (…yeah yeah we know we missed something. Tip for the hard core meat eater : save some room for some amazing mutton fry, mutton chops from Bannuru – we heard some of those bad boys at bollywood get their mutton fix from here!). By now you would notice the fields getting greener as we ride towards the banks of Kaveri, and before you know you would be entering Mysuru. Follow the ring road and ride through historical Bannimatapa to reach our tour hotel at Rio Meridian, Mysuru.

STAGE TWO : To the Coffee County

11TH DECEMBER 2017

Mysore – Kushalnagar
153KM | 2015M+ | 1928M-

Day – 2 – To the Coffee County
It’s the second day. The Legs would have warmed up on day 1. It is time to go to the mountains.
Leaving behind the city of palaces we take the road to Madikeri – The Land of coffeeand the land of Warriors .
The first hundred kilometres have beautiful wide roads passing through small towns flanked by undulating fields of ragi, tobacco and sunflowers. And you would love the smooth tarmac on this day.
A roadside watermelon shop or a cucumber vendor or a villager selling native Coorg oranges… you are spoilt for the choice of fruit on this day.
After passing Hunsur, Periyapatna and Kushalnagara we start our climb to Madikeri at Suntikoppa. This will also be the optional time trial for the day. As the mountains open up, breathe in a lung full of the cool mountain air.. there will be a lot more of this on the tour. At madikeri we turn north east and start descending on the Somwarpet road.. Welcome to the Coffee county. Take the winding road passing through endless plantations growing coffee, pepper, cardamom and some vanilla and cocoa too. We will catch a glimpse of Harangi’s backwaters on this route. Crossing numerous small bridges and culverts we will reach back Shuntikoppa and ride down to Purple Palms Resort & Spa just outside Kushalnagar.
Psst.. No trip to Coorg is complete without the famous Pandi curry (Kodava style Pork preparation) We are sure there will be plenty of local experts who know a place to get the best Pandi curry.. Time to make friends with your fellow riders and volunteers 😉
For the number crunchers : We would cover 156km, climbing around 2015m. The Suntikoppa-Madikeri climb is a Cat 3 climb of 9.5km with an average gradient of 2.8%. We would also scale 2 Cat 4 and 5 Cat 5 climbs on this day.

STAGE THREE : Unniappams on the roll

12TH DECEMBER 2017

Kushalnagar – Sultan Bathery
143KM | 2059M+ | 2006M-

Day 3 – Unniappams on the roll
From coffee county we will start riding to the God’s own country. It isn’t an easy ride to Sultan Bathery. The 150+ km route is full of rolling terrain..errr.. Should we say rolling hills?
Starting from Kushalnagar we ride past the Dubare Elephant training camp and onto Gonikoppal. If we are lucky we could see a tamed tusker from the training camp. This part of the route is a hilly terrain with coffee plantations on the slopes and paddy fields on the plains lit up by the weak sunlight penetrating the morning fog. It might get a bit difficult to get a pedaling rhythm on this undulating terrain.
Past Kutta we enter the state of Kerala via the Tholpetty forest – A part of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. Ride through the dense teak forests looking for spotted deers and giant malabar squirrels .
At about 100km mark if you spot several bikes parked in the middle of the jungle, take the cue and pull over to the famous Kuttetan’s Unniappam stall – a small shack serving piping hot uniappams and black tea in the middle of nowhere. (For the unaware : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unni_appam)
From Kattikulam, we meander along the course of river Kabini to Panamaram and then start a rolling climb of about 23km towards Sultan Bathery.
We will stay at Hotel Great Jubilee in Sultan Bathery.
For the number crunchers : We would cycle 156 km climbing 2059m and descending 2006m. The entire route is full of rolling hills with around 5 Cat 5 climbs and 1 cat 4 climb.

STAGE THREE : The birth of the Heroes

13TH DECEMBER 2017

Sultan Bathery – Ooty
103KM | 2788M+ | 1220M-

Day 4 – The birth of the Heroes (a.k.a everyone’s a hero)
Make sure you are rested well at Sultan Bathery ‘coz day 4 is The Birth of the Heroes.
Start from Sultan Bathery and ride through the bamboo forests of Bitherkad into Tamil Nadu. Welcome to the Tea estates of Devarshola. You could sit here admiring the green on the bluefor hours. Alas! We gotta hurry! we’ve got some dragons to slay today.
Pedal down to Gudalur and then turn towards Thorapalli for lunch in a plantation and then regroup to ride through the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Stay with the group riding through the reserve. It can get a bit hot and humid here. Keep your eyes open for the peacocks and spotted deer. If we are lucky, we could spot an elephant or two.
At about 75 kilometers after Mavanalla, dart through the straight stretches of road..and lo and behold.. There they are – the massive mountains of NIlgiris – The face of Kalhatti ghat. Over 12 kilometers and 36 hairpin bends, you will climb 1230 meters vertically. That’s a relentless 10% gradient all the way to the top. Pedal, walk or crawl.. many make it to the top and some come back to fight it out another day. No matter what happens, everyone will have a story to tell about Kalhtatty. This… is the day Heroes will be made.
Past Kalhatty it is another 12 km to the hotel, passing through Ooty and towards Doddabetta and then to Highland Hotel Accord Ooty
For the Garmin geeks : Total distance is 103 km with 2788 m of climbs and 1220 m of descent. The Kalhatti is a Hors Categorie climb. Noolapuzha – Nellikottai is a Cat 3 climb and there will 5 more cat 5 climbs on this day.

STAGE FIVE : Get me that cushion!

14TH DECEMBER 2017

Rest Day

Day 5 – Get me that cushion!
The Dragons have been slayed.
The Legends have been made.
It is time for that well earned rest.
Watch the sun rise over the Nilgiris. Stretch those calves and qauds and gluteus. Clean and tune the bikes. Join in the group photo session. Hangout with the volunteers. Play some football or billiards. Carb load at the wonderful buffet atHighland Hotel Accord Ooty. Take a ride on the Heritage toy train. Explore Ooty town. Shop for Chocolates, eucalyptus oil and the Nilgiri tea (ever tried the chocolate tea or the ginger tea?), Hike up to Doddabetta, Go for a ride(seriously some folks do it), Take part in the annual toss the tour director in the air ritual…. Phew you are spoilt for choices. Darn! Who called this a rest day!!?

STAGE SIX : The Misty Meadows

 15TH DECEMBER 2017

Ooty – Conoor – Majoor – Ooty
113KM | 2525M+ | 2520M-

After resting and exploring Ooty, it is time go exploring further into the Nilgiris on Day 6.
Start pedalling down on the Kotagiri road enjoying the early morning mist on the tea estates. Stop by at the vast valleys to catch the early morning sun warming up the never ending green sprawl. Turn right at Kattabettu and descend towards Bandisolai on the narrow roads with absolutely no traffic.Bird lovers, you are in for a treat.Keep those eyes and ears open for skylarks, thrushes, parakeets and many more feathered friends.
Pass through Brooklands, Bedford, Wellington.. errr. No we didn’t teleport you to Britain. These names remenants of Coonoor’s colonial past from John Sullivan’s time.At about 35km start your first ascent of the day for about 10km towards Hulikal. A rolling terrain then takes us through Selas, Kunnakombai and down to Kundah dam. Don’t forget to stop by at the Chamraj tea factory outlet for some hot tea. Your body will thank you. And then Take a moment to soak in the splendid vistas as you around Kundah dam.
And now.. we saddle up and start climbing. Ascending through Yedakad, Emerald bazzar and Fern hill we climb around 1300+ meters over 40 odd kilometre to reach back Ooty. A tough climb, but hey you did slay Kalhatti 2 days ago. Chug on champ!
This day is guaranteed to be take your breath away.. either the breathtaking views or the climbs that leave you breathless.

STAGE SEVEN : ……………

16TH DECEMBER 2017

Ooty- Kodanad – Ooty
93KM | 2104M+ | 2098M-

STAGE Eight: Touch Down

17th DECEMBER 2017

Ooty – Gudalur – Mysore
171KM | 1295M+ | 3003M-

STAGE Nine: Cool Off Party

17th DECEMBER 2017

Mysore

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