About TFN

What is TFN?

TFN Stands for the Tour Of Nilgiris and India’s premiere cycling tour. We’ve been doing this for over 11 years and our 12th year shall be nothing less than outstanding and breath-taking. This year the tour spans over the length of 850+ Kilometres covering the forests of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The road winds through the wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur in Karnataka, Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala. The riders riding the tour will be tested for their physical and mental ability; Challenging their limits of endurance and at the same time providing them with beautiful scenery that will motivate them to reach their destination

When is it happening? From December 8th 2019 to December 15th 2019 What is the route? The route starts from Mysuru and will pass through Hassan, Chikkamagluru, Kushalnagara, Sulthan Bathery, Ooty, Kodanad and back to Mysuru

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Tell me more about TFN

Well since you asked, I can tell you one thing about it. It’s a lush experience that will blow your mind and will give you some unforgettable memories that you can share with your friends and family. The Nilgiris Range which will be part of the route, is the hub to one of the best biodiversity on the planet. Here you experience the beauty of the nature at its purest form.

The 850+ KMS will be your test to claim among your buddies that you’re an endurance animal. The climbs in this year’s tour will make you wonder, ‘Do I have this much potential?’. The undulating climbs, the long stretches of windy roads, hairpin bends, the mountain stage at Kalhatty will be the test of your grit. The day usually lasts in between 100 to 160 KM threshold and has one-time trial section. Which usually lasts about 20 to 40 KMS depending on Terrain. It can be flat with small climbs, which will test your ability to keep momentum; or it might be a downhill with a sudden change to a longer climb which will test those Bear Grylls gene inside you. Either way you’ve signed up for an adventure which is predictably unpredictable.

Now the cycling community in India is growing and its pure growth is credited to cyclists and the people in this community. TFN has been given green light by a lot of the cyclists in the community. We’ve everyone from weekend warriors to beasts who take up this challenge to prove themselves. Not only that TFN still stands Original Multiday Cycling Tour. Over the 11 Years we’ve had great feedback from riders of all kinds of spectrum which has truly helped us grow.

But what makes TFN stand out? Well it’s about the good Samaritan. People who’ve ridden the tour to raise awareness about children’s health, spinal care, wildlife, water management, biodiversity care and livelihood issues. Every year these riders add their bit to the tour and for the future by riding with us and taking up real causes and working whole heartedly for the welfare of a greater good.

So, what’s special about riding the tour?

Well you know you can ride…. But can you ride the Tour? The tour is known for it’s rising elevation until you reach the mountain stage at Kalhatty. Kalhatty, though sounds harmless, is a ravaging animal. The climb at Kalhatty is considered sacred among the riders riding the tour. You see, rather than going for the win, many of the riders consider finishing this mountain of challenge a great achievement. Constantly changing wind, cool breeze and very little flat land to rest your legs, this 12-kilometre climb, that demands your body and mind to be one force. We, at the tour, have seen riders, who make it to the base, are determined to complete the climb.

Other than Kalhatty, our host this year is Mysuru City. Mysuru is famous for its palaces, sandalwood soaps and its delicacies. The Grand Royal palace is one of the main attractions in the tour and the first day will open with a ceremonious neutral ride towards the palace. Then we tour towards Hasan and we rise up to Chikmagalur. Home to the Kudremukh (Horse-face) hills, the hill station will cool down your day’s hard work. The coffee too is an attraction. We then turn towards Kushalnagar, which is green and a bit misty. The climate is well suited and welcoming to the riders.

All said and done, we’re approaching Kalhatty. Before Kalhatty awaits a small hill section which will test your fitness for the Kalhatty Challenge. You’ll be having a nice rest at Sulthan Bathery. Sulthan Bathery used to be powder room for Tipu Sultan, who stored his most powerful gun powders in this town. The next day will be the day when you prove yourself. Between you and beautiful rest day at Ooty, stands the mountain of Kalhatti. Conquering it would give you the bragging rights of your toughness.

A rest day at Ooty and the next day, we ride through Kodanad viewpoint and beautiful tea and few coffee estates. And on the final day, you’ll be rolling down to Mysuru which will be your emancipation as you’ve finished one of the toughest road tours in India. P.S. don’t miss unniappams in Kerala and some amazing coffee in Kushalnagar. Also do have a look at the Mysuru palace night lights. They’re beautiful.

Ride, Cherish and Remember

-Deepak Majipatil