The throaty roar of an inline-four, the swish of a chequered flag, the camaraderie of riding together, and the legends and their greatest hits.

Milestones

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 Eni - Energy for Success press awards at Valencia, 2012. Image courtesy Eni

The Eni – Energy for Success press awards at Valencia, 2012. Image courtesy Eni

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.

Valentino Rossi in Valencia.

Valentino Rossi in Valencia.

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.

My mad, crazy cool motorhead buddies. (L-R) Tarun and Alfred during one of the many track days at the Buddh International Circuit

My mad, crazy cool motorhead buddies. (L-R) Tarun and Alfred during one of the many track days at the Buddh International Circuit

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.

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15 Responses

  1. Happy birthday!
    A year of delightful readings and wish to see more of them in years yo vome

  2. Boy does it feel great to be back racing again both in Motogp and Formula 1 . It seem like the season go’s by fast and the winters are twice as long . Thank !

  3. SO proud of you! I remember when we ‘met’, after you wrote what was, and remains the most beautiful piece of writing I have ever read – the post commemorating the 18th anniversary of Ayrton’s passing last year.

    Thank you for the mention. It’s been such a pleasure this last year having you, Ali and Sandra in my life. You say we’ve helped inspire you and keep you going – well back at you my Beautiful Sister. You keep me strong and keep me going. You’ve achieved so much, and I’m BEYOND proud!!

    As for the blogs future? Lots of Bruno Senna in white shorts would be my suggestion… #SupportWhiteShorts

    …ok that comment kinda turned into an essay. This is why twitter limits me to 140 characters – to shut me up!! haha!! xxx

  4. Wow, happy birthday blog!
    Congratulations on achieving so much in a year, will comment again when I have had time to ponder my favourite post (though before I give myself a recap I have a feeling it will be the Lascorz one you won your Eni award for, that was awesome!)

  5. Yay yay yay! Congratulations on my bloggie birthday my love! It’s been such a fabulous year for you, and I know that this next one will be even better! My fav post is this one! :) Suggestion? I’d love a few more pictures! Super well done! So proud! Hugs and kisses :*

  6. Brilliant piece, as always Chitra!! Thanks for the mention, but you know, we are not helping you, we are just like the musketeers!!!!!!!
    Keep pushing girl, keep pushing, you’re an amazing writer!!
    Super super proud of you, kisses kisses kisses!!!!!!! <3 Senna Sisters

  7. Congratulations!!! :) (For all the trauma you gave us discussing headlines, pegs, and details, this is just the thing that we’ve been waiting for!) And as someone who knows absolutely nothing about this sport; I love your legends section (well,its more story like )
    and somehow the Dr. Sid Watkins piece is my favourite (currently).
    Keep at it. You are going to shine Chits :)

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