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Old 10th January 2022, 13:27   #46
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Re: I became State Champion | Maharashtra State Masters | 2 States & 37 years apart

Wow, this is seriously impressive, hearty congrats to you on your achievement. Amazing to see the dedication and commitment. Wish you lots more success and satisfaction doc !!
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Wow, this is seriously impressive, hearty congrats to you on your achievement. Amazing to see the dedication and commitment. Wish you lots more success and satisfaction doc !!
Thank you Vignesh!

Cheers, Doc
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Great achievement ebonho! Speaks volumes about your dedication and effort. You are really fit for your age sir. Wish you one more title next year!
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Great achievement ebonho! Speaks volumes about your dedication and effort. You are really fit for your age sir. Wish you one more title next year!
Thanks Prashant. But really age is in the mind. Sure you cannot feel and do at 50 what you did at 20. But the mind takes care of most of that and drives the body harder and deeper in pain than when you were younger. Especially in endurance sports like cycling. But on the flip side, if your mind thinks you are old and unable in your mid 30s, then you are a greying or balding pot bellied man with three double chins and a baba g demeanour even at 35.

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The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) has an Alumni Executive Committee that each year invites nominations and citations from other alumni for alumni who have distinguished themselves in the categories of (1) Sports, (2) Gallantry, (3) Eminent/Distinguished Personalities/Achievements (usually Professional, Social, Academic).

This is for formal induction into the AFMC Hall of Fame (HoF).

Distinguished Service Awards are similarly inducted in parallel into the AFMC Roll of Honour (RoH).

This year 2023 I have been nominated with a formal Citation (and supporting documentary proofs) by a batchmate in the Sports category (playing for National / State / Services team/s).

CITATION

A champion cyclist since his early school days, Vistasp raced for the BIHAR State Cycling Team (Sub-Juniors) in the NATIONALS at BIKANER in 1984 in the 100 km Team Time Trial.

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He resumed competitive cycling in 2017, completing 200, 300 and 400 km self-supported Brevets within the stipulated cut-off times, successfully becoming an ACP (Audax Club Parisien, founded 1904) homologated Randonneur.

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Having proven his mettle in Endurance cycling, Vistasp then returned to his first love, Racing, in the very competitive Masterís (35+) category, both at STATE and NATIONAL levels.

He became MAHARASHTRA STATE CHAMPION winning GOLD (50+) at the 2nd Maharashtra State Masters Games Championship at INDAPUR on 28 November 2021, under the aegis of the Masters Games Federation (INDIA).

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As State Champion, Vistasp raced for Maharashtra State at the IVth National Masters Games held at THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Kerala), winning the GOLD (50+) and being crowned NATIONAL CHAMPION on 22 May 2022.

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In a runup to the Nationals, he also won GOLD at the very prestigious annual STATE LEVEL Ambedkar Jayanti Criterium Race, one of Maharashtra and Poona's oldest races, under the aegis of the CFI (Cycling Federation of India), and was crowned CHAMPION (35+ MTB) on 14 April 2022.

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Later the same year Vistasp successfully defended his STATE TITLE at the CAM (Cycling Association of Maharashtra) organised State Level Open Selection Trials for the 1st Masterís National Road Cycling Championship, under the aegis of the CFI, once again being crowned MAHARASHTRA STATE CHAMPION, winning GOLD (51-55) in a packed field of the stateís top racers, at AURANGABAD on 18 September 2022.

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I've not written about most of these since I've not been posting here regularly for some time, so thought of sharing them here on this thread. Some of you who follow me on Strava of course would have already seen most of these earlier.

Cheers, Doc
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