It’s fascinating to see cyclist in Tour de France, and to live that experience I went in to see Asian Cycling championship. Sprint races were held in Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium, however, road races were in Buddh International Circuit (BIC) Gr. Noida.
Indian team was pathetic, though my purpose was just to see cyclists from across the Asian nations and what physical strength is all about.
Reaching indoor stadium was easy, just go left to Indraprasth metro station but BIC was 64 km from my place. One has to board metro till Botanical Garden Metro station Noida, after that one bus was there till Pari Chowk and after that Yamuna Expressway. At Pari Chowk I saw a bus going Agra, asked to drop me at BIC. 20 buks without ticket and I was all alone in expressway.
I asked 6-8 times to different security guards about the entrance and funny part, the entry gate was locked. I had to wait for a guard to show up and open the gate for me. I thought this is what our sport culture is? No one bothered what the hell Asian championship was. And what event organiser were thinking, there was not even a single poster or hoarder of the event at BIC entry point or anywhere? In both events very less crowd was there, BIC was all empty except me and a guy, whose sister was participating in todays event and yes security guards were enjoying too.
Entry Pass. Got it from Gaurav, owner of Supreme cycle Green Park. The same guy who organises weekend cycling events under name Delhi Cyclist.
Can you see the crowd… me neither.
Indoor events at Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium.
It was like wow …. Ferrari standing outside alone and caged.
BIC nice tracks and area is well maintained. F1 races – you come again I will be waiting for you.
had to be..!
Women 99 km race is going on…
BIC is very far from crowd, if you have your own vehicle then its alright to go but for mango people like me its hell of a task. All the time I was worried about my return.
I left at 4 o’clock, and return journey was like expressway service road > auto till Kasna > local bus to Pari Chowk > UP roadways bus to Botanical Garden metro > metro till Hauz Khas > route no 511.
At 06:30pm I was inside my room.
F1 come fast…)