I took up cycling in 1963 when my brother left for the UK and his bike was left in the garage gathering dust. I joined the local cycling club at the stadium and started track cycling on a concrete banked outdoor track. I gradually gained experience taking part in some local races which I enjoyed very much. Having won some of the local races I was asked to join the Mysore State Cycling Team and was taken to New Delhi for the national Games as a junior member of the team.
I took part in two National Games in 1963 and 1964 in New Delhi and Calcutta respectively winning both a Gold and a Silver medal. A well as the track events I also took part in the 112 mile road races representing the Mysore state team.