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

 

 

Divya Tate - International Ultra Race Experience

Crew and Officiating Experience at International Races & Events between 2012-2017
No.Event and YearGeneral DescriptionPrimary RoleOther
1RAAM 2012 - First RAAM crewing experience with an Indian rider who DNFed at AlamosaPart of a 4 person crew for a SOLO racer from India, She was called in at the last minute, not a well planned attempt.Navigating RV, Shopping, CookingDrove RV, managed all the systems in the RV
2Crew seminar - Feb 2013Attended RAAM Crew seminar in San Diego.
3RAAM 2013 - Crewed for 4 person US team Team Break The Cycle Part of a crew of 15, the team finished in 7 and a half days. Read about it in an Article written for Crank Magazine.Navigating follow vehicle, ensuring riders were hydrating and eating, setting up kitchens in RVs, supplies, some cooking, food prep.
(Roles changed on the first day after start when 1 rider was hospitalised.)
Pre Race Metrics, Photography, Videography
4RAW 2014 - Crewed for SOLO RAW racer, Dave Preston. Part of a 4 person crew, finished in 3 days. Read about the experience in an Article in Crank.Navigating follow vehicle, ensuring rider was hydrating and eating and keeping him awake and entertained!Photography, a bit of social media
5RAW 2014 - Crewed for SOLO RAW racer, Dave Preston. After RAW, she drove back from Durango, to TS 2 to Officiate along the route for the Teams.
Article in Crank on RAAM 2014
Driving and Navigating by turns, Observing Teams, Educating them about rules etc
6RAAM 2015 - ObserverWas included as an observer in Joan Deitchman’s crew after she connected a Deccan Cliffhanger, RQ racer to crew for her.Trained her client Chaitanya (Team Chai) about the route, RAAM rules, road conditions, crew roles etc
7RAAM 2015 - Crewed for a 4 person women’s TEAM from Atlanta, US, Sorella RAAMBecame a part of a 4 person women’s TEAM with a 13 member rookie crew, only 2 weeks before RAAM. Route instructions, All route related work, Crew instructions, Internal communication, Logistics of Team transitions, Time space management. The crew chiefs had no RAAM experience and were happy to let her manage what were essentially their tasks. Navigating the RV, cooking, supplies, looking after rider nutrition. Photography and social media uploads.
8PBP 2015 INDIA TEAM Management - PBP 2015Support for 53 riders from India at Paris Brest Paris.Navigated, co-ordinated between the team, shopped, cooked, looked after rider needs, nutrition, sleep, Moral support!Design and execution of India Jersey, Photography, Videography, social media
9RAE 2015 - Race Across Europe – 3000 miles in 15 days. Co Crew Chief for 2 person TEAM – Saddle Sand Sea from UK, with a compact 6 person crew at RAE. Co-crew chief - Setting up Route Map files,
Navigated follow vehicle, Drove Camper Van, Logistics of Transitions, Time space management, supplies, cooking, rider nutrition
Photography, Videography, a bit of social media
10RAAM 2016 – Crewed for Solo racer Juliana BuhringCo Crew Chief for self-supported Around the world Record holder Juliana Buhring’s attempt at RAAM solo with an 8 person crew. Racer DNFed due to health issues on day 4.Pre Race Registration management, Logistics, creating budget, race plan, checklists for all supplies, setting up systems for Transitions, crew management. During the race, drove and navigated follow vehicle, Time space management.Photography and social Media
11RAA 2016 – Race Around Austria - Crewed for Ammar MiyajiCrew Chief for Deccan Cliffhanger RQ Racer Ammar Miyaji’s attempt at 1500 km race with a 4 person crew. Racer DNFed due to various reasons after 2 days.Pre Race Registration management, Logistics, creating budget, race plan, checklists for all supplies, setting up systems for Transitions, crew management. During the race, drove and navigated follow vehicle.Photography and social Media, crew training for this and future races.
12RAA 2017 – Race Around Austria - Crewed for Team Inspire IndiaCrew Chief for Racers Bharat Pannu and Darshan Dubey at RAA 2200 km. Successfully finished.Pre Race training, Registration management, Logistics, race plan, checklists for all supplies, setting up systems for Transitions, crew management. During the race, drove, navigated and managed crew in follow vehicle.Photography and social Media, crew training.