Chennai, 18​ th February 2017​: Continuing its commitment to the cycling community, Ciclo Café
today announced - ‘Ciclo Team Racing’ - India’s only Elite Amateur Cycle Racing Team. ​Having
Naveen John​, India’s first International pro cyclist as a team director, mentor and rider, the team
will be training under his leadership. At the launch, Ciclo unveiled the team jersey, rider bikes
and announced the team member names- Naveen John and Arvind Panwar (Two-time winner at
the National Championships). Two young riders - Parashuram Chenji and Aman Punjani from
Hyderabad will be the team's first two development riders for 2017.


Naveen John at Ciclo

l to R (Ashish Thadani c- Naveen John, Arun and Arvind

Ciclo Team Racing - The brainchild of Bachi Pullela and Ashish Thadani, with a dream to bring
Indian cycling to the international racing scene. The team's focus will be rider development from
every perspective – training, coaching, nutrition, equipment and racing.

Speaking on occasion of the launch, Ashish R Thadani (CEO, TI Absolute ​Concepts​) said, “Ciclo
Café was formed with a vision to bring together members of the cycling community, increase
awareness about cycling and foster cycling excellence in the community. This is our effort to
nurture young talent and expose them to cycling at an international level. Becoming a professional
cyclist requires not just talent and an extraordinary amount of hard work on the part of the cyclist,
but also requires a support system that empowers the cyclist with the best equipment, knowledge,
coaching, training and racing opportunities.”

“It is always a great feeling to represent India internationally and it’s about time that we build our
aspirations and get laurels for the country. We have a few very important races coming up, Asian
Cycling Championships, World Championships in Norway and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Having
to be a part of ‘Ciclo Team Racing’, pushes the adrenaline to train young athletes who can further
participate in international races and carry Ciclo’s palette of colours.” said, Naveen John.

Renowned Actor Arya who is an avid cyclist himself, graced the occasion and lauded the effort in
putting together this team and giving a platform to Indian cyclists to enhance their skills.
The core team of Ciclo Team Racing will consist of 6 hand picked riders who are among the best in
the country. They will be taking part in National as well as International races. The team will have
a regular racing calendar that will include marquee events in India. Naveen and Arvind will
represent India at International events such as the UCI World Championships. The team will travel
to Belgium - Home of Ridley Bikes, for 3 months in summer for training and race simulations,
where riders will be exposed to world class training and development facilities. The team sponsors
will be - Ridley bikes, 2Go for cycling kits and Apparel, FSA and Vision for Equipment and support
from Track & Trail.

About Ciclo café

Absolute Specialty partnered with TI Cycles to set up Ciclo Café with a vision to bring together members of the cycling community, increase awareness about cycling and foster cycling excellence in the community.

Ciclo Café, that has now expanded to Hyderabad and opening soon in Gurgaon, Bangalore & Coimbatore, has grown to be a hub for cycling and sports enthusiasts with top-class facilities for sales & service of premium bicycles, cycling merchandise and accessories, in-store expert advice on cycling, regular rides and tours - all accompanied with world-class hospitality in the form of premium F&B services with international cuisines.

Tube Investments of India:

The INR 40 billion Tube Investments of India Limited (TII) is one of the leading companies of the Murugappa Group. A specialised multi divisional engineering and manufacturing company, TI India Ltd provides mobility solutions for businesses and consumers alike.

The Company has 17 manufacturing units in India and is supported by an extensive marketing network. The Company’s key business divisions namely TI Cycles, Tube Products of India, TI Diamond Chains, TI Metal Forming, Shanthi Gears, Financiere C10 and TI Tsubamex, are leaders in the segments of bicycles and components, precision steel tubes and cold rolled strips, large diameter tubes, roller chains and othermetal formed products used in the automotive industries. For more details visit

Absolute Speciality:

Absolute Specilaity wasfounded in May 2013 and is a jointinitiative between Absolute Homes&RamaniyamReal Estates. Prior to creating AS, Absolute & Ramaniyam created Absolute Abodes which owns and operates a three-star business hotel (Grey Suit) at Periyapalayamon the outskirts of Chennai and a boutique hotel in central Chennai. Absolute Specialties also owns and operates a French Bistro – L’amandier and The Velveteen Rabbit a lounge bar on Chamiers road in Chennai.

Absolute Speciality is promoted by Ashish & Nidhi Thadani - who manage the operations along with a professional team from the Hospitality and F&B business. Ashish Thadani is also an avid cyclist and is also a key member and influencer of the cycling community and helps in strengthening the community connect with Ciclo.

Their passion for Cycling has also made them understand and provide a holistic experience across both platforms.


Ridley Bikes was established in 1990, and istoday considered one ofthe leading innovatorsin Bicycle Technology in Carbon and Alloy for key segments of Road, Cyclocross and MTB. Headquartered in Paal-Beringen, Belgium Ridley Bikes is distributed in over 30 countries and is a proud sponsor of the Lotto Soudal, Cult Energy, Telnet Fedia and Sunweb Professional cycling teams. They hold numerous patentsfor aerodynamic design of frames and forks and have their products tested in Wind tunnels and universitiesthroughoutthe world. It also supports one of the leading UCI World teams Team Lotto Soudal, whose riders won 4 stages at the 2105 edition of Tour de France.


2go active wear has designed the racing jersey forthe Ciclo racing teamusing its expertise in performance fabrics and technical construction. The racing jerseys are made using moisture wicking fabric and come with vented mesh on the sides. The designs bring alive the yellow and black teamcolours with dynamic graphics and reflective elements.


Full Speed Ahead (FSA) produces world class bicycle components for road cycling and mountain biking and we support many of the world’s leading road and mountain bike teams.
Our history in the sport, heritage of innovation in design and manufacturing is important to us. We’re proud that we constantly invest in our product range to ensure that we provide the very best components possible – for both professional and enthusiast riders alike.

We don’t simply sponsor world-class teams and athletes, we work extremely close with them and use their expertise and feedback to help us develop the next range of products. This, combined with our passion, commitment to innovative design,research and development and materials/manufacturing processes ensures we deliver technically superior components that provide the ultimate performance that riders demand, and all at a competitive price.

Track and Trail:

Track and Trail is anOmni channelretail brand with a vision of “Spreading the Joy of Cycling”. Itis a one stop shop for all cycling needs that includes bicycle sales,service,spares, accessories,rentals,rides, events and workshops. With a network of 60 stores across the country and plans in place to open another 200 stores in the next 15 months, Track and Trail is the fastest growing chain of bicycle stores. Track & Trail stores cater to urban consumers across age groups who are considering cycling for leisure and recreation through our wide range of brands like BSA, Ladybird, Hercules, Roadeo, Mach City and Montra. Track & Trail Sport stores cater to the discerning performance oriented consumer with a selection of in-house and international brands like Montra, Ridley, Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Bianchi and Dahon. Accessories brands like XMR, Shimano, Tacx, Hutchinson, Forza, FSA, FLR, etc. forman important part ofthe product offering
at Track & Trail.

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