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Team Amdavad Crankmeisters Push For Competitive Cycling in India A look at Amdavad Crankmeisters Amateur Race Series 2018

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TEAM AMDAVAD Crankmeisters (AC) had its genesis in the year 2015 when eight like-minded athletes got together to further their ambitions of making their mark in races across world. Their execution is in alignment with the vision of creating world class experiences. They have an
extraordinary team of athletes and executioners. They have the network all across India to ensure huge participation from the sporting community. Most importantly, they have always delivered results. With the evolving love for the sport of cycling and Triathlon all over the Country, The AC Race Series was introduced in 2018 including:

1. International Triathlon Championship (ITC) – Flagship event (Feb)
2. Amateur Road Cycling race series (Mar, May, Aug, Dec)
3. King of the Road – ITT Format race (Jul)

AC AR 2 Peloton
AC AR 2 Peloton. (Image: Robin Thakur)


The season began with ITC 2018 held on 18 th Feb ’18 , With National as well as International level. Participation for Half Iron distance (1.9K Swim , 90K Bike , 21K Run) and Olympic Distance (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike and 10K Run) in Solo and Team Categories. The event also had Sprint Distance Triathlon (
750m Swim, 20K Bike and 5K Run) in Solo Category.

Being the first Half Iron distance Triathlon in Gujarat, The event was a success with participants providing a very positive feedback with respect to the professional way the event was conducted, Finisher goodies and Incredible race experience at one of the best roads at the event venue Gandhinagar.

AC Amateur Race series focuses mainly on building up the competitive cycling spirit in the city and boosting participation right across from MTB, Hybrid and Road bike riders in 50K and 100K categories.

The First race was held on 18 th Mar ’18 at Gandhinagar where the participation for both 100K (Road Bike Only) and 50K (Hybrid/MTB) categories was more than 100+ and the participants were left in awe with
the kind of smooth tarmac offered for the race and competition that was involved across many states.

Right from Hydration Support, Route Technical Support, Breakfast and Finisher medals, there were Cash prizes for Top Podium finishers sponsored by Revolution Bike Store, Ahmedabad dealing with Premium
bike sales.

AC AR medals
AC AR medals. (Image: Robin Thakur)

It was first of its kind event where both MTB/Hybrid and Road bike riders were involved in a single event due to which many beginners could participate and upgrade their levels of cycling.

Honourable Major General Shri Anil Puri and Smt. Sonya Puri were the Chief guests as well as Participants in Hybrid-50K category and they finished at Podium positions in their age category.

The Second AC Amateur Race was held on 13 th May ’18. Owing to the heat and the humidity in Ahmedabad, the participation was lesser than the first event but outstation participation was found to be more – which was an Impact from ITC 2018 and then First AC Amateur race owing to Positive word of mouth and event management Skills.

The second race also followed the same 100K- Road bike category and 50K- MTB/Hybrid Category and we would see many beginners from the last race, had participated in this edition and inspired to be regular riders to up their game.

KOTR in action
KOTR in action. (Image: Robin Thakur)

King of the Road- 34kms Individual Time Trial- Held on 15 th Jul ’18 during monsoon – had 40+ Participants across all India and the participation ranged from National level time Trialists upto Amateur level riders. A Wet day but the all out efforts from the blazing fast Riders made sure the challenging route was conquered on race day. Podium Finishers were handed cash prizes & finishers Shields were provided to all the finishers.

Team AC and volunteers
Team AC and volunteers. (Image: Robin Thakur)

The 3 rd Edition of the race was held on 12 th Aug ’18 , where only 100K and 50K categories are avl for participation in Any bike (Road, MTB , Hybrid) for boosting participation for even small distance cyclists and 140+ participants across India joined in.

The 4 th and Final edition of AC Amateur race was held on 16 th Dec ’18 on a cold chilly morning in Gandhinagar. The participants braved the weather and season finale finished in a strong way.

Not to forget, Team AC has a strong Volunteers base – Motivated athletes who have the same vision as the team, backing up all of the events and making sure the events are conducted flawlessly.

2019 will see the 2 nd edition of International Triathlon Championship on 17 th Feb which has evolved to be one of the biggest Triathlon events of the country. Participation is expected to be 750+.

This Vision of introducing a structured racing calendar in the city is not only making people participate more in competitive races but also encouraging people take up a Healthy Lifestyle and inspire others to do so.

They hope to make the Difference and as their saying goes, Train Hard and Race Harder…Aahhoo!!

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