Shu raced in the Deccan Cliffhanger RAAM Qualifier in India in Feb 2014 where she had the good fortune to be put in contact with Shilpa, who became part of the fab 3 person crew who helped Shu win the race.
Shilpa is a cyclist and a marathon runner from India. She has done many multi-day cycling expeditions in India, including one in Himalaya region, cycling from 9000 ft to 18700 ft. She was a podium finisher for the SCMM (Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon) 2013 and 2015 in her category. Shilpa runs a health food venture, which makes all natural Energy bars and this time her company Stayfit Enterprize (Brand ON THE RUN), is a proud supplier for energy bars for Shu’s and her crew in RAAM. www.ontherun.in
Having crewed with Shu last year, it was was inevitable that she be part of the team this year too. It feels like a business unfinished and she wants to be there when Shu crosses that much coveted finish line in Annapolis. The entire experience of crewing and being involved in nutrition planning for Shu has given her insight into food and nutrition requirements of endurance athletes and also helped her understand various aspects of highly demanding sport. She would like learn from this experience and maybe help cyclists and endurance athletes from India who might be keen on such activities. Watching Shu race the continent is a source of inspiration and it feels great to be a small part of it.