Riding Fast and Flying Low was born 365 days and a 100 posts ago. I can’t believe it has been that long! And it has been a rollercoaster. I thought that the best way to wish this blog a happy birthday would be by organizing a giveaway. Presents, all wrapped up in shiny paper with a big bow, are the best way to celebrate a birthday. What do you think folks?
After all, this is the best way to say a big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful readers, who have stuck by the blog, as I ranted and raved, shook my head at The Finger, waxed eloquent on the glories of the beautiful Kawasaki, and tripped over my feet as I watched Valentino Rossi race.
All of you have been so kind and patient, as I struggled to hold down a job and write this blog, often as I posted late race reviews.
I have met some wonderful people along the way – some of whom are now family. I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without my Senna Sisters – Nikki Grubb-Clarke, Sandra Corrius and Alison Raffaele. They encouraged me, pushed me, and made me work harder on every post. They sent me virtual hugs when I was stressed and gave me the courage to live my dreams. You are my soul sisters. I love you.
The brilliant folks over at Eni Racing were instrumental in making my dreams come true. I won the Eni – Energy for Success 2012 Press Awards for the best article in the under-36 category. The award gave me much-needed confidence, even as I travelled to Valencia for the final MotoGP race of the season to receive the award. In the process, I met some amazing people, wandered through the Paddock, watched the race from the Pramac Racing Box and gaped at Valentino Rossi as he signed autographs and chatted with fans. I also got a nice rear view of Nicky Hayden! The Eni folks continue to make it special. I will be travelling to Italy later this year, as a part of the award, to watch two races – the SBK at Monza and then, the MotoGP at Mugello. Needless to say, I am one happy monkey.
F1podcast.co.uk were the first to contact me when this blog went online. They featured my articles and introduced me to the vibrant, exciting and beautiful F1 family. They are the ones who bring an added sparkle to F1 race days.
Sportskeeda, a Bangalore-based sports website, have been so encouraging, featuring my posts, no matter how opinionated they were. I was privileged to win the 2012 Sportskeeda Motorsports Writer of the Year award and the 2012 Sportskeeda Best Motorsports Blog Award.
Of course, there is a special thank you to my parents and my dear friends who waited patiently as I reneged on coffee dates, lunches and dinners. My parents rolled their eyes – quietly – but lovingly, as I turned up the volume early in the morning, or really late at night, to watch the races, screaming at the television or quietly moaning in despair. They didn’t understand it. But they did read my posts. I am proud to report that my parents are now F1 and MotoGP converts.
Another special thank you to fellow motorhead and dear friend Tarun who discussed the pros and cons of tyres, calmly rationalised Vale’s Ducati exit and is my technical consultant on all things superbikes.
A hug to my best friends who aren’t motorheads, but waited patiently (and sometimes not-so-patiently), as I thumped away on my keyboard and oohed and aahed over race pictures.
I am overwhelmed with the response to this blog. Honestly, I didn’t expect it. But it is has given me the faith to continue and think big! So, there are big ideas for this blog and I hope to roll them out gradually this year. But I couldn’t do it without you.
Which brings me to the giveaway: A $35 Amazon.com gift card.
All you need to do is tell me on this post’s comments section, your favourite Riding Fast and Flying Low story, and one suggestion or critique that can help make this blog better and bigger. I will choose one winner, by random draw in 2 weeks time. Don’t forget to include your email address!
Thank you for reading! Here’s to a brilliant 2013 season.