STAGE ONE : BreakAway
16TH DECEMBER 2015
Bangalore – Mysore
176KM | 1210M+ | 1378M-
It has become Legendary route for TFN. So it began like this that the riders and volunteers could not sustain the onslaught of the motor vehicle traffic on the regular Mysore road and they request us to change it to something more easier and calmer. So we found this route which runs through some of the rural areas and we had NICE Company to allow us to use their road to get out of Bangalore as fast we can. We hope to see the same support from NICE as well as all commuters on the new road for this edition and future.
STAGE TWO : To Coffee Country
17TH DECEMBER 2015
Mysore – Madikeri
120KM | 1453M+ | 1213M-
On the second day of 2015 Tour of Nilgiris we enter the coffee country.. Coorg. The 120km route will start at Mysuru and take you through some amazing rolling tarmac via Hunsur, Periyapatna and Kushalnagar. Start your climb at Shuntikoppa and race through the curvy roads on SH 88 to reach Madikeri. If you are fast enough don’t forget to rush to Raja Seat to catch a glimpse of the coorg sunset.
Veteran tip: psst, check with volunteers to find out where to get spicy hot pandi curry.
STAGE THREE : Roller Coaster
18TH DECEMBER 2015
Madikeri – Sultan Bathery
147 KM | 1964M+ | 2069M-
The third day of the tour will take us through a series of rolling hills of Coorg and Wayanad. We start with a quick descent towards Virajpet then follow the undulating roads flanked by Coffee plantations on the hills and paddy fields in the valleys. The tour will enter “God’s own country” – Kerala through the Tholpetty reserve forest in Wayanad. You will be riding through the serene forest filled with spotted deer and Gray Langurs. The lucky ones might get to spot a Tusker or the Giant Malabar Squirrel.
And yeah, did we tell you to have a light lunch?
There is delicious Unniyappams and black tea waiting for the lucky riders who can reach the tea stall located bang in the middle of the jungle – of course before the stocks run out.
STAGE FOUR : Coronation
19TH DECEMBER 2015
Sultan Bathery – Ooty
103KM | 2788M+ | 1230M-
“Will there be pain?” – is not the question.
“How will you take the suffering?” – is THE QUESTION
A 110 km ride.
A 12 km hors categorie climb.
There will be pain.
Starting from Sultan Batteri we quickly roll into the Devarshola estate with endless tea plantations and clear blue skies. The Greens and blues will leave you spellbound. At Gudalur we will turn towards the Mudumalai reserve forest and ride through the wild country. Exiting the sleepy town of Masinagudi, the tree cover clears up to show the challenge ahead. THE KALHATTI climb.
Veterans can go on hours describing the strategies to tackle this monster of a climb. But, on the D-day, it is you and your bike. The challenge is both physical and mental.
The most awaited day of the tour. The day to fight with everything you have got. The day to create your own legacy. The day you will conquer Kalhatti.
At the end of the day there will be Kings and Queens of Kalhatti.
And there will be your own legend of Kalhatti.
STAGE FIVE : Gravity Sucks
21TH DECEMBER 2015
Ooty – Palakkad
157KM | 1075M+ | 3417M-
Time to give your legs some break. The 6th day of the tour is the time to loose some elevation.. We will start the day with a short climb to the Doddabetta junction – the highest point on the tour. Then follows 40 odd kilometres of downhill through the immaculate nilgiri mountain roads. Sit on the saddle and let gravity do the work for you.
Back in the plains we will quickly get past the busy towns of Mettupalayam and Karmadai and start the second part of the day -“Village safari”. We will take you exploring outskirts of Coimbatore through numerous small towns showing a glimpse of rural life.. Keep your cameras ready for those brilliant colorful temples in this region. All along we will skip the highways and follow the country roads to reach our destination for the day Palakkad.
STAGE SIX : Breathtaking and Breathless
22ND DECEMBER 2015
Palakkad – Valparai
108KM | 2169M+ | 1170M-
You have climbed the wall now. We will give you another challange – “par with the wall” – Valparai.
Climb up the mountain face soaking in awe inspiring views of Aliyar reservoir. Look out for the rare Nilgiri Thars moving on a cliff face with the grace of a ballet dancer. Ride through a dramatically changing landscape transitioning from bushes to tall trees to tea plantations. The tree canopies are filled with all kinds of arboreal fauna. The Malabar giant squirrels and Hornbills share the canopies with the endemic Gray langurs and countless other feathered friends. Also keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent Lion-tailed macaques on the higher canopies. While the gradients will make you lose your breath, the scenic offering will take away your breath. Hence we call this route “Breathless and Breathtaking”
STAGE SEVEN : Mostly Downhill
23RD DECEMBER 2015
Valparai – Pollachi
74KM | 980M+ | 1866M-
No we are not joking, it is mostly downhill barring on tiny climb in the middle of the day.
We will start the day by exploring around Valparai riding down to the Sholayar dam. Then we will return back to Valparai town and head back towards the Aliyar dam. Today you will have ample time to stop and soak in the beauty you might have missed while climbing. Being the last day of the tour, we are sure there would be tons of group pictures to be taken on the viewpoints. Crossing Aliyar it would be a fast paced ride to Pollachi where the tour will wind up.