Stuart O'Grady and Baden Cooke - good'on ya mates!
Before cycberspace can display the feed I'm smiling, no I'm laughing, and can only flash back to Stuart O'Grady's face in the Paul Sherwin pre-race interview for Paris-Roubaix a few years back when the conditions were shit! and O'Grady grinned ear-to-ear saying, "right mate, it's go'in ta be a crakka". Well Stuey - here she comes again mate. According to VeloNews.com Race director David McQuaid said 'finding a suitable course around the crowded streets of India’s financial capital was difficult but predicted a “tough, challenging” ride for the cyclists.' Ya, difficult I bet - insane is more like it.
“No cyclist will find shelter nor get an easy ride,” he wrote on the event’s website.
The Tour of Mumbai is invitation-only - lucky sods. Again, by way of the site - The event will see competitors ride 36 laps of a 2.8 kilometer course, reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour on sprints every fifth lap. The winner will receive 50,000 dollars. Considering the average Hero-made street bike in India costs about $50 (US) winning the ToM is like Jamal in Slumdog Millionaire.
- More bikes than any country other than China
- More diverse uses of the "bike" than any other nation
- The single largest bike producer in the world, Hero - 27,500 A DAY!!
- The largest selling bike shop - get this - 300 PER DAY!!!!