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And now, with Giving Back, Dr. Bhateja is taking everything to the next level. He wants to inspire the athlete inside everyone and help people get back on their feet and back to living their best lives.

Everesting by Dipankar Paul

Bengaluru cyclist makes an Everest out of Nandi Hills

A cycling coach made an Everest out of namma Nandi Hills on Wednesday. Dipankar Paul pedalled up the hill 22 times and, in the process, covered 8,848 metres, the height of the world’s tallest peak. The concept, known as Everesting, involves choosing any hill and riding up and down repeatedly until the peak’s altitude is scaled in total.

Starting at the crack of dawn, Paul was doing his final and 22nd climb up the hill at 11.30pm. He ventured on the initiative to raise Rs 5 lakh for ‘Giving Back’, a free spine surgery programme for the poor being offered by Sita Bhateja Charitable Trust.

“I picked Nandi Hills because it is the Everest of Bengaluru for cyclists. The hills is 400-odd metres high, which means I will have to climb more than 20 times,” said Paul, adding, “A single climb will require me to ride 7.3km, which brings the total distance to upwards of 300km.”

Asked why he opted for Everesting, Paul explained, “The reason differs from person to person. I want to raise funds while also checking the limits of my physical ability.’’ Paul began his ascent from the base of Nandi Hills at 6am on Wednesday. A few other cyclists, helping him on his climb, were present at the starting point.

Champions of Charity

Shankar started cycling in 2010 as a way to lose weight and get in shape to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. What started as a 25km daily commute soon turned to a passion. And, he has been riding 10,000 kms every year since. Soon, daily commute morphed into serious racing. He is now a long-time member of Spectrum Racing, arguably the best amatuer racing team in India. A regular in the BBCh racing scene in Bangalore over the past years, he has also raced or MAMIL-toured in Thailand, Srilanka and Italy!

TFN Goal:
Juggling a job that takes him away from Bangalore every other week over the past couple of years, one goal he has is to get his mojo back! Having done 3 TFNs already (2010 on MTB, 2011 and 2014), he also wants this TFN to be a bit different. Along with gearing up for the arduous 950 km tour, he has set himself a big target of raising Rs. 5 Lakhs for Dr. Arvind Bhateja’s Free Spine Surgery program for the needy – Giving Back.

Training plan:
Zwift workouts during weekdays!
and long rides during weekends!!

TFN fund raising

Dipankar started cycling in Feb 2008 when long hours of sitting in front of the computer at work started leading to back and neck pain. Cycling to work brought in a certain amount of fitness to otherwise a sedentary lifestyle. The 8K worth cycle was initially used to commute for a short distance of 10 km daily to the office and back. One fine day he encountered the cycling group called Go Green Initiators which introduced him to the world of long-distance city cycling. It also introduced him to the world of multi-day cycling tours, like TFN. Soon TFN Prep rides were the weekend activities to look forward to. From the following year onwards the limits of physical and mental boundaries kept getting tested by participating in local races as well as triathlons around the world in countries like UK, France, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA.

He has also had his share of mishaps and close brushes with death. He had been admitted to SBSH on a couple of occasions because of head injuries from road accidents while riding his cycle. This made him realise the importance of the brain and spine in supporting an athlete and any person in general. But not everyone is privileged enough to be able to pay for a treatment when these vital organs need to be operated on. Hence he decided to personally contribute towards the hospital’s charitable cause in the past and is now raising money by riding his cycle and raising awareness.

TFN Goal
After switching his career as a software engineer to becoming a full-time triathlon coach and having recently become an Ironman Certified coach, he is looking forward to raising more support toward Dr. Arvind Bhateja’s Free Spine Surgery program for the needy – Giving Back. Having done 2 TFNs already (2012 and 2014), he also wants this TFN to be a bit different. Along with gearing up for the arduous 950 km tour, he has set himself a big target of raising Rs. 5 Lakhs for the charitable cause.

Pedal Power by Vivek Bhateja

A little more than a year ago, I weighed in at 125 kilos. I had been battling obesity for years and it had taken its toll on me both physically and mentally. I was even borderline diabetic. All at the age of just 29.

Then something changed in my life. My elder brother Arvind has been an avid cyclist for years and he lent me his old mountain bike. I took to cycling around the neighborhood for short rides. My rides grew a little longer and with each ride my passion for it and confidence in myself increased. I then took the leap to racing in local community rides. The great companionship and encouragement I received boosted my self-belief to ride harder.

Today, a year later, I am down to 75 kilos. I have lost 50 kilos and counting and at this point, I would like to give back to society through the hospital that has been an indelible part of my life. As the son of Dr Sita Bhateja, and both as a member of the family and an employee of Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital, I was brought up on the philosophy of giving. Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital was founded on a charitable trust which has spent nearly a half century bringing healthcare to the less fortunate.

I hope to raise funds for the treatment of needy patients through Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital’s charitable foundation.

So, in a couple of weeks, in the name of charity, I will be riding the Tour of the Nilgiris – one of the premier cycling events in the country covering more than 900 kms over the course of 8 days. During the tour I will push my limits even more but I am not afraid as in the last year I’ve already come further than I ever dreamed.

Last year, Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital’s charity rider in the TfN, Gautam Raja, raised 1.2 lakh rupees. I hope to better that this year, with your help.

The program has performed
over 230 spinal surgeries since
inception! Watch Dr Arvind Bhateja’s
TED talk on Giving Back here