DIvya Tate took up cycling as an adult since 1992 when she moved to Pune. Riding for pure joy in exploring the country roads and the outdoor on a ‘Lokhand’ cycle she also cycled to commute, transport her kids to school and to tour. With India’s first 200 KM BRM in Jan 2010 she started doing long distance cycling. “From the first time that I anxiously attempted to ride a 200 km brevet I was hooked by the idea of pushing the limit further. Although I had in some way or other been adventurous in the outdoors, this activity started to transform me. It gave me an incredible sense of resolve and determination.”-Divya Tate
In 2011 she became the first Indian woman to qualify for a 1200 km historic event in France – Paris-Brest-Paris. this exposed her to the International Ultracycling community and was the turning point for her to want to share this activity in India! She strongly advocates endurance sports to people of all ages, simply for what it does for ones confidence and sense of self worth, and as a tool of social transformation. Since 2010 she has been into Cycling Event Management, starting with organizing India’s first overnight Brevets under Pune Randonneurs. She has since been deeply involved with the growth of long-distance riding in India, developing the cycling ecosystem in India. As the national representative for India to Audax Club Parisien she has over seen the growth of long distance cycling from 3 clubs in 2011 to 60 clubs in 2018.
Her first exposure to Race Across America lead to her wanting to build a platform for Indian Ultra cyclists to push their limits and become world class athletes. With the cycling ecosystem in India being at such a nascent stage, she recognized the need to learn by engaging in International events. Between 2012 and 2017 she crewed and Officiated, 8 times at the most well known Endurance cycling International events in the USA and Europe including Race Across America, Race Across the West, Race Across Europe and Race Around Austria. She also lead a group of 55 participants from India for Paris Brest Paris in 2015 and provided support to ensure that the participants have the best chance of completion. This domain expertise she has developed is used and shared to develop International quality cycling events across India.
India is seeing the growth and development across the country, in the large no of cyclists on the roads, in human resource development in this field and of course finally in the achievements of Indian cyclists Internationally. “We the Indian cycling community have in the past couple of years seen International success in ultracycling with both Srinivas and Amit not just finishing RAAM Solo but also going on to finish other International races. I almost feel like my work is done, at least in the sense of pathbreaking, grass root level work. The cycling community is well established, the ecosystem a healthy one with opportunities for much diversity.” – Divya Tate