Bangalore get ready for some B-Boying: The Red Bull BC One is coming to town!

What is this?

Red Bull BC One India Cypher 2017 is the most important one-on-one B-Boy (breakdance to you 80’s babies) competition in the world. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Finals. Sixteen B-Boys earn the right to enter into in an all-out battle on stage, but only one will be crowned the champ in Amsterdam!

So where does Bangalore come in?

Well Red Bull BC One is returning to India for its third edition in the country on May 20 and while the first two editions of the championship were held in Mumbai, this year, it’s our very own Bengaluru!

Okay awesome, who else do we get to watch?

Luru-based rapper and producer Brodha V, who made a name for himself with his blend of rap, rooted in Indian classical music, will be a showcase act on the night. Apart from that, our fav DJ Uri (one of the foremost hip hop DJs), will return to the console whilst MC, DJ and rapper Bob Omulo, aka Bobkat, will host for the third year running.

The Deets

When – 20th May, 6pm onwards
Where – St John’s Auditorium, Koramangala
FB Event – Click here.
Psst – Free entry if you RSVP here.

The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2016: For All You Adventure Junkies

Bangaloreans, brace yourselves for the most exciting experience to hit the city, this February! The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 (BMF) is all set to fuel the buccaneer spirit and get your adrenaline pumping with some trailblazing pursuits that require some serious nerve and muscle to compete.

A two day Trail running, XC and Downhill MTB event, that takes adventure battles to a whole new level. With prize money up to 2 lakhs, up for grabs, there are various categories in which one can prove their grit: 10km trail run, 21km trail run half marathon, 30km mountain terrain biking and 1km downhill mountain terrain biking, further divided into Open Men, Open Women, and Elite Championships. Aimed at celebrating the country’s finest athletes by giving them an arena to test, challenge and showcase their endurance levels, BMF aspires to create tracks of European standards for Indians to progress onto international competitions.

The entire track has been built by hand over a course of two months – a gruelling task by itself – kudos to the organisers! Said to be one of the most trying trajectories in the Indian terrain, it includes traversing across four hills and some stair climbs. The upside? You will be surrounded by the most scenic views all along with fresh air to energize and motivate you throughout the course.

Race Details

Date: 28th -29th Jan 2017
Event Type: MTB Cross Country, Downhill & Trail Running
Location: Avati , Devanahalli
Venue: Near Nandi hills
Entry on Day: Yes, if the event is not sold out.

Event Schedule

DAY 1
  • 7am to 1pm: Registration
  •  XC Race 35 Kms
  •  Downhill official Practice Run
DAY 2
  • 10k & Half Marathon trail run and 1km DH race

Also Included

  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Feed Stops en-route
  • Free energy drink + energy snacks
  • Timing
  • Certificate and medal
  • Event photography

Get in Touch

E-mail: bangaloremountainfestival@gmail.com
Ph: +91 9845047689
Website: Click here.

Love cycling? Here’s a list of top trails around Bangalore!

Done with our picks on the top trekking trails around the city? Time to continue the adventure with our brand-new list on bicycle trails around Luru that you will thoroughly enjoy:

Melukote

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A bike trail with a dose of spirituality is what Melkote offers as it accommodates several temples, some of them offering their own measure of recreation. The Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple (above) may appeal to the artists and architects with their traditional, yet concrete pillars that showcase artistic carvings that are sure to amuse.

While, the Yoga-Narasimha Swamy Temple offers a 300 (alternatively, you may choose to bike your way up half way) step climb for some light exercise.

Distance from M.G. Road –  Approx. 145 km via Kunigal

Turahalli Forest

800 acres of deciduous forest mostly dominated by Eucalyptus trees, Turahalli is also known as Karisma Hills is just an easy 30 minutes’ ride from the city. The ride to the forest is not a very tiring one as the tar roads make it pleasant throughout. As you reach the forest, you enter a mud road after which the climb gets a little steep as to reach the summit in about 200 mts.

There are several South-Indian style breakfast places for you break at on the way. Or, you may choose to pack something up to enjoy a bite once you reach your destination.

Distance from M.G. Road – Approx. 19 km via Kanakapura Road

Thattekere

Imagine cooling off by a serene lake post an energizing bike ride… enjoying a picnic lunch under the shade of a welcoming tree…. and indulging your curiosity as you try and name some of the exotic birds that you may spot! Well, that’s Thattekere Lake, for you. Besides the gentle trail that makes the bike ride enjoyable for everyone, the lake scores high in our list as it is one of the last remaining lakes in the city that remains untainted.

Moreover, it’s clean surroundings, lush greenery and warm sunshine make it a bird watcher’s paradise, as well.

Distance from M.G. Road – Approx. 50 km via Hosur Road

Big Banyan Tree

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A biking trail that takes you around a 3-acre space that houses a Banyan Tree over 400 years old! Due to the age of the tree one cannot decipher the original tree trunk as its roots have spread across to look like trunks themselves, providing a great resting or picnic spots.

This biking trail does not take more than 6 hours in all and works as a great getaway for a half-day retreat. However, beware of monkey trouble!

Distance from M.G. Road –  Approx. 36 km via NICE Road- Bangalore- Mysore Expressway

Cycling Wine Tours

The Bangalore to Mysore stretch offers a host of options for wine aficionados and one of the better ways to get there is to get on your bicycles and enjoy the ride. There are plenty of eateries on the way for tea/coffee breaks and a scrumptious breakfast.

The many wineries are happy to welcome guests for a quick tour and lesson on wine and have them venture into their vineyards for a day well spent – sipping on fine wine alongside some delicious food while looking over the scenic yards.

#IHBSays

  • Ensure you wear loose and comfortable clothing
  • Dress in layers (t-shirt + light jacket) to stack up them as per the weather
  • Wear comfortable shoes and carry spare socks/laces
  • Do not carry heavy bags
  • Load up on fluids (water, juices, energy drinks) and sunscreen
  • Carry a packed lunch with a picnic mat
  • A Frisbee or a board game would add to the fun

Trekking: An Explorer’s Guide to Top Trails Around Bangalore

Feeling adventurous? Take a pick out of our list and try one of the trekking trails around luru that will make you forget you’re just a few hours away from home (and no, we don’t mean Electronic City!)

Makalidurga

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Situated near a village of the same name, Makalidurga is a trekker’s paradise with a landscape that is a mix of green hills, lush forests and fort ruins. The railway track passing through the foot of the hill adds to the rustic feel. It also offers other activities such as rappelling and rock climbing. At a towering height of 4,430ft, the hill unfolds a visual treat once you reach the top – a carpet of green and the sparkle of a lake, as you watch out from the Makalidurga Fort. This site is also one of few night trek destinations that makes for a quick weekend getaway from the city. You can either drive down in your own vehicle or choose to take the train to the Makalidurga station and begin your trek from there.

Approx. distance from Luru – 100 mins/60 km

Level – Easy to moderate

Nandi Hills

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Home to Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, these are the famous Hills of Bangalore that needs no introduction. Gather your posse and mark this one on your calendar for a day well spent. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day, we suggest you get in at day break to avoid the bottleneck at the forest department check post. You can park your car or bike at the designated parking lot and choose to explore one out of the two trails (north & south). Alternatively, we recommend getting up on your good old bicycle to navigate the hills. Budget friendly accommodation is also available for an overnight stay, at: nandihillsreservations.in. Standing 4851 ft high, don’t forget to carry your woolens!

Approx. distance from Luru– 120 mins/62 km

Level – Easy to moderate

Shivaganga

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Besides being a worthwhile destination for trekkers to survey, the Shivaganga Hill also offer a lesson on religious history. Be sure to spot the angle from which the hills outline the form of the Shiva Linga. As you make your way up the 4,488 ft high hill, there are several small temples that lead to the Shiva Temple at the top which is located in a cave. The last part of the climb may test your fitness levels a little but don’t give up. Be sure you do not carry many things or bags as monkey trouble is something you do not want to face! Instead, carry your money in a small pouch and purchase refreshments from the many sellers throughout the climb.

Approx. distance from Luru – 80 mins/54 km

Level – Moderate

Savandurga

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Known to be the largest monolith in Asia, this one is a must-try for any trekking enthusiast. Consisting of two smaller hills, Billigudda and Karigudda, it rises to a height of 3937 ft at its peak, with its gentle slopes allowing for a comfortable climb even for novice trekkers. Take cover in the cool shelters of the ruins of a majestic fortress that was built by Kempe Gowda II and once a citadel to the legendary Tipu Sultan. The gradient offers spaces to set-up your camp so carry your tent if you would like to stay a little longer and enjoy a sunrise or sunset.

Approx. distance from Luru – 90 mins/60 km

Level – Easy to moderate

 

Anthargange

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Part of the Shathashrunga Mountain Range, Anthargange has something of interest for everyone. Check out the caves carved out of volcanic rocks, pay a visit to the temple, listen to the soothing sound of the perennial spring that flows out through a fissure or just take in the varied landscape. Night treks at this range are extremely popular as exploring the caves in the mysterious moonlight adds to the thrill of the trek.

Approx. distance from Luru – 100 mins/70 km

Level – Easy

Karighatta

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A perfect beginners’ trek, the Mekedatu, Karighatta trail takes you along the banks of the river Cauvery rising to a height of 2697 ft above sea level. Once you ascend to the peak, it gives you a fabulous view of the surrounding areas for miles, including Mysore and Srirangapatna. Also keep an eye out to spot the confluence of the Cauvery and Lokpavani rivers. The hill can also be climbed using the 450 stone steps that have been carved out as a pathway to the temple at the hill top.

Approx. distance from Luru – 120 mins/98 km

Level – Easy

Football Fever in Bangalore: Watch your favourite EPL teams live on these big screens!

After the solid dose of football fever from the Euros, the excitement of the EPL season comes just in time to satiate our footy frenzy! And, what better way to cheer your team on than with a chilled brew of crafted beer or a signature cocktail at a bar along with some pub-grub to go with it.

Here are IHB’s picks for Luru’s top spots that serve up this winning combo:

Arbor Brewing Company

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If you are looking for a power packed ambience with football fanatics hungry for victory and tipple, ABC it is! The liveliness of the place on game nights is almost unbeatable though you might want to get there early to get the best chance of scoring a table for yourself. Easy access and brews that keep you wanting to go back for more add to the pros of making it to our list.

#IHBLoves – Multiple screens allow for multiple team viewing! x

Where: 8, 3rd Floor, Allied Grande Plaza, Diagonally Opposite Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Brigade Road
Digits: +91 80501 44477

District 6

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Apart from their signature brews and eclectic menu that are reason enough to visit, their live match screenings induce the energy that is sure to get you going. With spacious and comfortable seating, big enough to accommodate your entire posse of supporters, it serves as the perfect ambience to chug down the celebratory round of beers as your team scores for the win!

#IHBLoves – Perfectly located for the overworked on weekends Brigade World Trade Centre employees who’re looking for a cheeky post work game x

Where: G 3, 4, 5, Ground Floor, Sheraton Hotel, Brigade Gateway Campus, Malleshwaram
Digits: +91 72599 06666

Doff Pub

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This pocket-friendly pub that is located right in the heart of 100 ft road has made its name in the area as the go-to place for watching any pulsating football match. Do not be surprised, however, if you land up there on an Arsenal game night and find yourself surrounded by staunch supporters in red and white who have turned it into their hub with ongoing chants of COYG!

#IHBLoves – Whether you’re a Gooner, or not, the atmosphere is thoroughly entertaining with the concentration of their fans with either result 😉

Where: 654, 3rd Floor, Navajyoti Complex, Above BIBA, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar
Digits: +91 98867 34068

3rd Innings

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This is a brand new haunt that joins our list of places-to-be. And being a one-of-a-kind sports bar with an attached indoor play arena, you can battle it out with your friends in a game of football before you join hands in supporting your favorite EPL team, live on the big screen.

#IHBLoves – Besides being the first ever sports bar in Electronic City, their happy hours every day of the week until 6:00 PM make it well worth the visit.

Where: 2/7, Opposite BMW Navnit Motors, Beratana Agrahara Village, Hosur Main Road, Electronic City
Digits: +91 98866 53578

The Biere Club @ 153 Biere Street

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This pub and microbrewery located behind Forum Value Mall is one amongst the chain of the first microbreweries in South India and standing testimony to its standards of hospitality and entertainment is their beloved first outlet at Lavelle Road.

#IHBLoves – Their Bier & Chasers are a must-have to mark the winning goal!

Where: 153, Biere Street, Behind Forum Value Mall, Whitefield
Digits: +91 9845887454

Happy Brew – Koramangala

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A typical beer bar with a fun ambience and food with a twist. Their ‘Happy Pitchers’ and ‘Happy Towers’ go hand-in-hand with watching the games on the wide screen as if they were put on the menu for just this very reason.

#IHBLoves – With its affordable menu and laid back vibe, it churns up a perfect setting for game nights.

Where: 40, 4th P Cross, Koramangala 5th Block
Digits: +91 98869 98011

Pedal for the Planet 2016: Bangalore, get your cycling gear on!

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Say What?

Yup, Embassy Group’s Pedal for the Planet is back with its 3rd edition and this year it’s being hosted at Embassy Springs, Bengaluru’s largest integrated masterplanned city.

This initiative stands true to the brand’s values on sustainability and green living. This year, they aim to encourage cycling enthusiasts to interact following increasing awareness of the competitive aspect of sport and we are personally looking forward to witness increased participation this year from cycling enthusiasts all around Bangalore!

Sounds good, what are the deets?

The event will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:30 am from Embassy Springs, Devanahalli, Bengaluru and will be open to all cycling and fitness enthusiasts, from various age groups.

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What are the races like?

‘Embassy Pedal for the Planet’ will include the different types of races below:

  • 40 km ProElite ride open to men and women aged above 16 to encourage participation from elite athletes.
  • 25 km Amateur ride open to men and women aged above 14.
  • 25 kms Team ride open to men and women aged above 14.
  • 15 km fun ride open to all aged above 18.
  • 6 km fun ride open for youth aged below 18.
  • 1 km fun ride open to kids aged below 9.

How do I register?

Registration for the event is now open here till 23rd Aug.

Pssst!

We’re also happy to tell you, you can click here, to avail a 20% group discount. So sign up with your buddies today!

#IHBLoves

We absolutely heart that the event supports a social cause that focuses on the education of children from Government schools in the city. All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to Colours of Life, a non-profit organization striving to uplift underprivileged children by transforming government schools into institutes of excellence.

 

Wall Climber Alert: Have you scaled these walls in Bangalore yet?

Remember those field trips to the mountains in college with all that rappelling training? You know you’re a climber at heart if you felt an adrenaline rush and couldn’t get enough! Well, we’re here to tell you that your climbing days don’t have to be behind you. Head on over to one of these artificial climbing facilities and scale heights in the comfort (and safety) of your own city!

Mars Climbing Gym at Phoenix Market City
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What: A single face, 52ft high climbing wall.
#IHBSays: It is 15ft wide and has two different climbing surfaces with different difficulty grades to suit your preference.
Where: Phoenix Market City, Whitefield.
Contact: +91-98866-64666/+91-99726-77442

Climbing Arena at PLaY

What: This is a single face, 50ft high International Standard Artificial Climbing Wall. The wall has a width of 12ft and has two overhang sections.
#IHBSays: PLaY Arena also boasts of a Bouldering Arena, one of a kind in India.
Where: Central Jail Road, Close to Total Mall on Sarjapur Road
Contact: +91 99000 99911

Kanteerva Stadium

DSCN4657What: A three face 50ft high International Standard Artificial Climbing Wall.
#IHBSays: The first face is almost vertical (ideal for beginners), the second face has slight overhang (intermediate climbers) and the third face has fibre panels with inserts and a good roof section that makes it a little more challenging.
Plus: State Level and National level competitions are frequently organized at the wall.
Moolah: Registration can be done on the spot; monthly: Rs600/- and yearly: Rs4000/-.
Where: Kanteerava Stadium, Near Corporation Circle, Bangalore, Karnataka
Contact: +91 80-22210454

Bouldering Wall at PLaY Studio

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What: 16ft High X 20ft Wide Bouldering Wall with two sides and multiple volumes.
#IHBSays: What’s amazing is, this is situated right in the Courtyard Cafe which also has other cool things like Beach Volley Ball, Paddle Tennis and Table Tennis.
Where: PLaY Studio, #105, KH Road (Double Road)
Contact: Book here.

Your Fitness Motivation for 2016: The Man Who Cycled to Goa

Well, Bangalore, here we are, a month into 2016…

Many of us may be sitting around thinking of how we’re too old or too out of shape to make a new start into fitness, so we’re here to give you some much needed motivation to get you on the right track to finding the new fit you.

So, I’m here to tell you guys about one bad-ass Bangalorean…Sebastian Francis.  The man who wanted to go to Goa…so he decided to cycle there.

Sebastian, the fifty-something father and fitness fanatic, never lets age or distance stop him from his fitness goals.  He re-discovered his love of outdoor activities and cycling a few years ago while in Leh (a part of the Himalayas).  As a way of preparing himself for the Tour de Nilgiris, he decided to cycle to Goa, a distance of 660 km!1078878_10200364950430735_976553364_o

Here’s a quick run down of what Sebastian did to prepare for this adventure, and a quick reminder to all our readers that it’s never too late to go after your fitness goals:

How long have you been cycling? Where did the passion start?

Outdoor activities have always interested me. In 2012, a friend and I decided to cycle up the road from Leh to Khardungla Pass, which is the highest motorable road in the world. It wasn’t easy at all but we did it.  I was tired and exhausted physically but completely motivated in spirit.

This ride rekindled my inherent passion for outdoor activities and there after I took to cycling regularly over the weekends.

You recently cycled to Goa…Where did your motivation come from? 

My greatest asset is my mental strength and endurance. I firmly believe that there are somethings in life you just have to do and hence the decision to go ahead with this ride didn’t take long. My passion for outdoor activities was my motivation to embark on this solo ride.

So you rode 660 km, how long did that take you? 

Five days.  I did 125 km a day and then celebrated with some close friends while getting some much needed relaxation. 

 Any advice for people who want to train for a long ride like yours?  

535193_10153550325426144_7505518965230007794_nThere’s a developing cycling community in Bangalore, they are great for motivation and keeping on track.  You can connect with several riders in the Bangalore Cycling Club page on Facebook to see what’s out there.  Riding in Nandi Hills is also an excellent way to cover distance and condition your body for the road.

Crossfit and kettle bell classes are also a great way to get and stay in shape! 

Well there you have in Bangalore, it’s new too late to get started, set a goal, and crush it!

If you have any other fitness role models you feel we should know about, write to us and put us in touch with them!

Until then: Stay happy, stay healthy, stay fit xx

If you’re looking for some great cycling gyms, check out Spedals or the AMAZING Psycling classes at The Hood. 

Check out The Hood:

2nd Floor
SoulSpace Paradigm
Marathahalli Outer Ring Road

Find them on Facebook here

Spedals

#768, 3rd Floor, 80 Feet Road,
4th Block Koramangala,
Bangalore – 560034
(Above Ruosh Showroom)
8971027245
080 – 40910788

Find them on Facebook here!

The Football Uprising: How Adidas is making sure India is playing

So Adidas has been busy, what with their biggest store in the country launching in Luru and stuff. Yet, amidst all that hulabaloo they held The Adidas Uprising Tournament on the 26th of September.

Yeah we know, we never do post-event coverage, but we want you to check this out and not miss the next one! So here’s what happened:

The Deets

  • It was the first one they have done with a promise to have many more in the coming months!
  • There were different categories for U10/U13/U15/U17 and adults.
  • This tournament was organised by Gameday Arts.
  • The tournament had a whopping 600 participants with 32 adult teams and 64 teams spread out over the kids categories.

The Result

The best teams from the kids tournaments came from the under-13 section. Titans FC were the winners with Shreyas being their star player. However, let’s not forget Amogh Gachi, a talented box-to-box midfielder who ensured that Stripes FC made it to the finals!

The adult’s tournament saw some great teams playing including a team named Tola Volage, led by ex-professional futsal player Javier Cabrera (I know right!). Tola Volage managed to reach the semis. TYHFC were the runners up, largely due to the performance from incredibly talented and alert goal keeper.

The winners were Ex Pro 7 with Kieran undoubtedly being the player of the tournament.

The Prizes

The entry fee for adults was Rs. 3,000 per team with the winners getting a cash prize of Rs. 15,000 and Adidas vouchers worth Rs. 5,000 (for EACH player). The runners-up didn’t leave empty handed with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and some Adidas vouchers of their own (time for some new studs)!

Monkey Heart Pong: I Heart BLR’s very own Beer Pong Tournament

Pint. Aim. Shoot!

What: 16 Team Beer Pong (Tournament Style)
here: Monkey Bar, Indiranagar
hen: 11th October, Sunday –  kick off at 4.30 p.m.

Please Keep In Mind:

  • Only 2 members per team will be allowed
  • Failing to show up 15 minutes before the tournament (i.e. by 4.15 p.m.) will disqualify your team.
  • Rules will be explained at Monkey Bar to all participants before kick-off but please read this to make life easier – Monkey Heart Pong Rules
  • Prizes to be won for the winning team (don’t worry, if you participate you won’t go empty handed)
  • Sign up will purely work on first come first serve basis, so hurry up!!

Register below with all your details:

Also…

  • Entries shut when 16 teams have signed up, (but don’t worry, we’re going to do this again soon)
  • Call +91 9880610166 or e-mail editors@iheartblr.com for further queries/information.

Good luck! xx

I Heart BLR’s Essential Checklist for sleeping Under The Stars!

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We’ve compiled a checklist for all you beautiful people who are helping out and have signed up for Under The Stars 2015. We don’t want our do-gooders to arrive at Indiranagar Club unequipped and having to deal with any sort of last minute crisis (Read OMG, I forgot my pillow. Damn my arm’s going to wake up numb now). So here are all the necessities:

  • A chatai or mat to keep your derrier in check
  • Sleeping bag for you fancy campers or a cushy warm blanket for the newbies
  • Pillow (optional), but like we said, we don’t want you waking up all cranky!
  • Warm clothing just to be safe and comfy
  • Raincoat (it’s Bangalore, you never know!)
  • Sensible footwear (yes, we understand heels aren’t NOT sensible, but hey, please chappal or flat shoe this one?)
  • Mosquito repellent because let’s not rough it out too much?
  • Sufficient moolah for all the yummy food and drink stalls (no one’s gonna lend you anything once they see what’s selling!)
  • Games – could be cool app ones on your phone, or maybe a good ol’ box of Taboo 🙂

Most importantly, please bring your sense of adventure because honestly, then forgetting some of the above won’t matter 🙂

Please buy your passes, if you haven’t already. Just click here and BOOM! Thank you for helping us help the needy xx

Devil’s Circuit Bangalore: Time to Get Muddy!

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Mud runs are a very new, very awesome addition to Bangalore’s fitness scene.  If you haven’t done one yet, find some friends, and plan to do one this year.

What is a mud run?  It’s a race with various fitness based obstacles placed along the way.  The obstacles can be anything from mud pits, to rope climbs to climbing through barbed wire…you will never know what to expect!

The next race is Devil’s Circuit on November 1.  They don’t release specific details until closer to the race, but we DO know that it is going to be a 5K distance with 15 obstacles.

You don’t have to run it competitively…most people (myself included) just run it with friends or by themselves for fun.  It is definitely difficult, but so so worth it.  Also, people will be there to help you if you get stuck or need some moral support!

Not in the best shape? That’s fine…you are not required to do the obstacles.  You can usually speak to race staff and they will usually re-direct you or give you an alternative task to do.  (example: don’t want to do the rope climbs? They may make you do 20 push-ups instead) 

If you want to register, do it quickly!  The original running times had all been filled, but the organisers have JUST released new time slots and openings.

Now, before you register, think about how you want to run the race.  You have two options:  Competitively and Non-Competitively

Competitively means, you are running this as a race. You are doing the course alone and as fast as possible.  It also means you are fit, fierce, and strong enough to handle all the obstacles alone.   You are doing it for the glory.

Non-Competitively means you are running this as an event.  You want to finish the course, but you don’t care how long it takes you, and you don’t care how many people help you (or how many people you may need to help).  You are doing it for fun.  (this is the one I’m doing with my friends!)

Please choose the correct category, Bangalore! We don’t want to see anyone get to the first obstacle, look around in shock and horror, and have to walk back to the starting line…crying.

Register for their Bangalore race through their Facebook page here

Happy Mudding xx

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Preparing for the race right now?  Tag me on Instagram and share your workouts with me and the rest of Bangalore #iheartmudding

 

 

The Ultimate Guide of Cricket Coaching Academies in Bangalore

So you know your child is on his way to being a cricket prodigy and you visualise his name on the back of his jersey playing for his state, our very own Royal Challengers Bangalore or even our country one day! Time to make that a reality so what are you waiting for? You need to enroll him/her ASAP and make sure they get the best that the city has to offer!

Bangalore Cricket Academy (founded 1988)

Address: 33/2 Malleshwaram
Ground: ITC Ground
Facilities: Matting Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical Assistance
Age Group: 10 to 16 Years
Number of participants: Summer Camp – 200 and Annual Camp – 50
Fees: Rs. 1250/- (Summer 10th Apr to 10th June; morning 6.30 to 8.30 am) and Rs. 5000/- (yearly June to Jan; Saturday, Sunday & Monday – Morning 6.30 to 8.30 am)

Brijesh Patel Cricket Academy (founded 1984)

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Grounds: Palace Grounds
Address: 1B, Lavelle Mansions, Lavelle Road
Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: Evershine High School, Presidency School, Nandini Layout, Century CC, Maharana CC , Shanthinagar CC
Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Concrete Wicket, Nets, Bowling Machines, Physical Training, Technical assistance
Other Facilities: Dietician from Alpha Metal Craft to help the boys to Maintain Diet, Yoga Classes for summer camp by Mr Murali & Mr Omkar, Boarding & Lodging for summer camp
Sponsorship: Anand Sweets, Green Valley Resorts & Pepsi
Age Group: 6 to 20 Years
Number of participants: 300 to 400 (Summer), 300 (Annual)
Durations: 9th April to 31st May-Monday to Friday (Summer), 15th June to 15th January-Saturday & Sunday (Annual)Timings 6.30 to 9 am 4 to 6.30 pm (Summer), Annual-Sat-3 pm to 6 pm , Sun-7.30 am to 10.30 am
Tournaments conducted: All India Tournament for coaching camps (teams from all over india participate, International Transport provided free for out station students), Academy Boys are taken outside Bangalore to play matches in different cities against other coaching camps.

*30% of the students are given scholarships basis on the economical status of the students

Roger Binny Cricket Academy (founded 1998)

Address: # K-3373, 13th A Main, Hal II Stage, Indira Nagar
Ground: Palace Grounds
Coaches: Roger Binny (Chief), S Prakash, Raghuram Bhatt, Kevin Binny, Nevil Binny and Venkateshwarulu
Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: Sandeepani Niketan, Sanjay Nagar
Facilities: Matting Wicket, Concrete Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical assistance
Gender: Males Only
Age Group: 8 to 20 Years
Tournaments Conducted: All India Pepsi Youth Series
Number of participants: 250 (Summer) and 100 (Annual)
Durations: 9th April to May (Monday to Friday; Summer), July 1st week to February 2nd week; Saturdays & Sundays (Annual)
Timings: 6.30 to 9 am, 4pm to 6.30pm (Summer), Saturday 3pm to 6pm, Sunday 9 am to 12 noon (Annual)

*Scholarships given on performance basis.

Jayaprakash Cricket Clinic (founded 1985)

Grounds: Palace Grounds, SSMRV College, JP Nagar
Address: # 394, 3rd cross, Ananda Nagar, HMT Layout
Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: MES Kishore Kendra & St. Paul’s English High School, MES College, Select CC, Cambridge CC, Bharat CC
Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Concrete Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical assistance.
Gender: Males Only
Age Group: Minimum 8 Years
Number of participants: 200 (Summer), 160 (Annual)
Durations: April to May (Summer) -Monday to Friday, April to January (Annual) -Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Timings: 6.30 to 9 am, 4 to 6.30 pm (Summer), Thursday to Friday (Annual) 4 to 6.30 pm, Saturday & Sunday Morning & Evening.

No scholarships.

Imtiaz Ahmed Cricket Academy (founded 1987)

Grounds: Baldwins Boys High School, Richmond Town; Clarence High School, Cox Town; Jyothi Nivas College for Women, Koramangala
Address: #31, 1st floor, Coles Road, Prasar Town
Coaches: Imtiaz Ahmed & HR Jayaram (Chief), PS Vishwanath, CR Lakshminarayan, AR Suresh, Sunil Shankar, LK Vishwanath, PV Sumanth, Farhan, Vimal Dayankar, Lokesh, Lenny Philips, Peter Daniels, Richard Pink
Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliate: Presidency School & Clarence High School, Jyothi Nivas College for Women
Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Nets, Physical Training, Technical assistance
Gender: Male & Female
Age Group: 8 to 16 years
Number of participants: 300 (Summer), 300 (Annual); Woman participants 15 only (Jyothi Nivas College)
Other Facilities: Boarding & Lodging for outcoming students for summer camp
Sponsorships: Times of India, Arvind Mills & Pepsi
Tournaments conducted: All India Pepsi in 3 Age Groups U12, U14, U16, Times Cup Inter School U14 & U16,Crown Events for Camps, Crown Events for Corporate Offices.
Fees: Rs. 1500/- per session (Summer), Rs 5000/- per session (Annual)

Scholarship only for economically weaker students

Karnataka Institute of Cricket (founded 1996)

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Indian Cricket Captain (Women) – Mithali Raj

Grounds: Webs Ground, MG Road
Address: No. 67 / 68, St. John’s Road,Shivajinagar
Coaches: EAS Prasanna & BS Chanrashekar (Chief Coaches; Summer), Najam Hussain, David Johnson (Summer), MR Baig, R Muraudhar, SR Deepu, Sasi Kumar, KR Kishore, Selvaraj, Masood (Hyderabad), Manivel (State Athlete-Physical Trainer), BS Vishwanath
Schools/Colleges/Clubs affiliated: Army School, Cambridge Public School, Samsung Electronics, Netkraft Software, Modern CC
Facilities: Matting Wicket, Turf Wicket, Nets, Bowling Machines, Physical Training, Technical assistance
Other Facilities: Boarding & Lodging for Outcoming students
Gender: Males and females
Age Group: 6 to 25 Years
Sponsorships: Coca-Cola, Pizza Corner, Diet Eggs
Tournaments Conducted: All India Coca-Cola Cup (teams from all over india),All India Diet Eggs Cup,All India Pizza Corner Trophy
Number of participants: 250 (Summer), 150 (Sat & Sun, Annual), 40 (whole year)
Fees: Rs. 2500/- (Summer), RS 10,000 (7 days in week, Annual), RS 8,000 (Sat & Sunday, Annual)
Durations: 1st April to 31st May (summer), 2nd June to 31st January (annual).
Timings: 7 days 6.30 to 9.30 am, 3.30 to 6.30 pm (summer), Monday to Friday 6.30 to 8.30 am, Saturday 3 to 6pm , Sunday 8 to 11am.

Scholarships given.

Basavanagudi Cricket Academy (founded 1998)

Address & Ground: Chennemmanakere Ground, Thiyakaraja Nagar
Coaches: R Krishnappa and BK Ravi
Facilities: Physical Training, Turf Wicket, Matting Wicket, T-shirts, Caps
Gender: Males Only
Age Group: 6 to 17 Years
Number of participants: 180
Fees: Rs 1250/- for summer camp (5th April to 25th May) and Rs 4000/- for year long training (June to February).

Chamarajpet Cricket Academy (founded 1994)

Address & Ground: National High School Ground, Basavanagudi
Coaches: Srikanth and BS Viswanath
Facilities: Physical Training,Matting Wicket
Gender: Boys & Girls
Age Group: 8 to 18 Years
Number of participants: 150
Fees: Rs. 1000/- for summer camp (6th April to 26th May) and Rs 3000/- (June to March).

Please note, we’ve listed the top ones that we are recommending, there are many more in the city which run only for the summer, or are non-certified but excellent. Do comment bellow or write to us if you want any more suggestions and information. Happy to help xx

Got Studs? They’ve got Turf! – Top 6 places for floodlight football in Bangalore

Whether you’re part of BFC, the Amateur League or your apartment buildings 5-a-side team, you need to know where the biggest baddest shiniest floodlit grounds/arenas in the city are! So in no particular order, here’s the low-down:

  • Tiento Sports


What: The home of 5-a-side football in the heart of the city.
Plus: It’s where Arsenal Soccer Schools train
Where: #64, Mission Road, Off Richmond Rd near St. Joseph’s Arts and Science College
Contact: +91 98454 08963

  • Astro Arena

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What: If you’ve got studs, they’ve got fresh turf.
Plus: They host the Bengaluru Football Ladder Seeding Tournament
Where: Panthur Main Road, Near Bellandur Railway Station, Outer Ring Road
Contact: +91 77608 25069

  • Play Arena

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What: 5×5 or 7×7 football field
Plus: Four acres of everything else from a paintball arena to a dirt track to a skate park as well!
Where: Sy No. 75, Central Jail Road, Opposite Silverwood Regency Apartments, Close to Total Mall Sarjapur Road, Kasavanahalli
Contact: Book here.

  • Power Play

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What: 40,000 sq. ft. of space ideal for football + Practice nets with concrete, natural and artificial turf with basic gear for games available at the ground.
Plus: Cricket practice nets, a volley ball court and cricket and football coaching.
Where: 19/1, 7th Cross, Visveshwariah Industrial Area (Off. ITPL Main Road), Whitefield Road
Contact: +91 99804 51000 or visit the website here.

  • Kicks On Grass

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What: An Astro Turf Football Facility and cricket stadium
Plus: Host of the Blues Cup (5×5 tourney) with prize money upto Rs. 13,000.
Where: Bellandur, Outer Ring Road
Contact: +91 98860 62456

  • Soccer City

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What: 5-a-side turf
Plus: Host of its own 5×5 tourney called Beyond Football.
Where: 86/1C, Opp. Sri Chaitanya Techno School, SGR Dental College Road, Marathahalli,
Contact: +91 98445 56181