14/08/18 Eve of flag off
Raipur the capital city of Chhattisgarh was the starting point of “Tour de Chhattisgarh- Hills edition”, a four day cycle tour through the pristine and beautiful northern region of the state. About 40 riders who had assembled to participate in the tour were a diverse group belonging to Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Gujrat, Orrisa, Bhopal, Nagpur and Buldhana. Also there were ones from Sweden and England who lent an international flavour to the group. Their ages ranged between 16 years to 76 years with quite a few female participants as well.
The preparations started on a sombre note as news of the demise of the Governor Hon’ Shri Balram Das Tandon reached us. At the eve of flag off, during the initiation meet a 2 minute silence was observed to pay homage to the departed soul.
Later Shri Sanjay Singh, General Manager, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board ‘CTB’ gave a scintillating presentation about the unexplored pleasures lying in store for the riders in the next few days and thus lighted a flame of anticipation amidst them.
15/08/18 Day 1
Flag off was from Simga – 40 kms from Raipur on the Bilaspur road. The riders and crew reached Simga at 7.30 am. Had breakfast – poha, boiled eggs, fruits – apples and bananas with tea/coffee/appy to top off. The spread was sumptuous in spite of jalebi being cancelled on account of state mourning!