In­ter­view: Sid­dharth Triv­el­lore

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Sid­dharth Triv­el­lore was try­ing out to be a CSS coach this year. We man­aged to get hold of him for a chat to find out about his ex­pe­ri­ence

Bike In­dia (BI): The CSS jour­ney be­gan in In­dia in 2010 and you were an in­te­gral part of mak­ing that hap­pen. Now, af­ter the ninth edi­tion, how do you feel?

Sid­dharth Triv­el­lore (ST): The school has come a long way from 2010. Back then, we never re­ally had any sup­port from spon­sors other than TVS, who have been with us from day one, sup­ply­ing stu­dent bikes. That put a lot of pres­sure on us from a fi­nan­cial stand­point as the cost of run­ning the school was very high. The idea was never to make any money from run­ning the school; all only wanted the ex­penses to be taken care of and to break even.

To­day we have quite a few spon­sors on board to help sub­si­dize some of the costs that we in­cur. Tri­umph have been with us for a few years now and are very sup­port­ive as the of­fi­cial mo­tor­cy­cle part­ners. Dainese and AGV In­dia came on board last year, and Pirelli stepped in this year. The idea is to make the school ac­ces­si­ble by bring­ing the cost down. We still have a long way to go be­fore we get the kind of sup­port from spon­sors that other CSS branches across the globe en­joy, but it is a good start.

There is a sense of pride in ac­com­plish­ing what my fa­ther and I have done by bring­ing the best school of its kind to Asia for the very first time and suc­cess­fully run­ning it over all these years. It has been hard work, but worth ev­ery minute of the time we have put into it.

BI: Any­thing spe­cial planned for the up­com­ing year? ST: The up­com­ing year will be the ninth edi­tion and prom­ises to be a huge mile­stone for the school as we are on track to have the first-ever In­dian CSS coaches com­ing on board. Vicky Jais­ingh of Per­for­mance Rac­ing Store and my­self started the coach train­ing pro­gramme two years ago and passed the dreaded ‘grilling’ test that the school threw at us. We worked hard on our train­ing over the past cou­ple of months and are on track to achiev­ing that dream of be­com­ing a CSS coach very soon.

There were three oth­ers who made it past the grilling and will un­dergo the coach train­ing pro­gramme: Marco Rosetto, who is a very close friend and tal­ented rider from Italy, Vikrant Singh of Bike­wale from Pune, and Sa­gar Sheldekar also from Pune.

BI: Is there some­thing spe­cial you are work­ing on this year?

ST: This year we are work­ing on a scaled-down ver­sion of the school, called the Ad­vanced Rider Train­ing (ART) pro­gramme. The idea be­hind this pro­gramme is to im­prove the rid­ing skills of ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle rider and to make him/her con­scious of safe rid­ing prac­tices. In­dia has the high­est num­ber of traf­fic-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties in the world. Seventy per cent of these ac­ci­dents are two-wheeler re­lated. CSS In­dia would like to part­ner with the Min­istry of Road Trans­port and Safety and bring the ART pro­gramme to stu­dents and young pro­fes­sion­als (where the most num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties oc­cur), and ed­u­cate them on safe and skilled rid­ing prac­tices.

BI: You were blaz­ing around the track on your Yamaha YZF-R6 for al­most ev­ery ses­sion and it looked like you were hav­ing a lot of fun. How was the ex­pe­ri­ence as a coach trainee?

ST: The week­end was very in­tense from the amount of work we had to put into the train­ing, but I en­joyed ev­ery minute and ev­ery part of the process. What I did un­der­stand is that the rid­ing is the eas­i­est bit. The coach­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the dif­fi­cult bit. Along with some of the other trainees, I spent a month prior to the school work­ing hard on the­ory and spe­cific drills, and meet­ing the coaches to pre­pare my­self for the school. We were given a coach train­ing man­ual the con­tents of which mostly fo­cused on how best to com­mu­ni­cate with stu­dents in or­der to ex­tract the most from them within the lim­ited time we are given to ride with and de­brief them.

What I en­joyed most was the in­ter­ac­tion with stu­dents dur­ing the off-track de­brief ses­sions, lis­ten­ing to them care­fully, find­ing the root cause of is­sues they were hav­ing and com­ing up with a plan to fix those is­sues. There is an im­mense sense of sat­is­fac­tion when the stu­dent gets it. The best part is to see the huge smiles on the faces of the stu­dents when they try things and see amaz­ing re­sults, that’s what it is all about!

BI: Once you be­come a coach, what next? Will you be coach­ing in In­dia or tour­ing the world with the CSS team?

ST: Yes, of course, I would be hon­oured, as the first batch of In­dian coaches, to coach in In­dia. As CSS coaches, though, we have an op­por­tu­nity to ride and coach at any of the other schools that CSS op­er­ates glob­ally. Not a bad job, eh? Trav­el­ling to world-class race­tracks, rid­ing amaz­ing mo­tor­cy­cles, and, most im­por­tantly, do­ing what we love to do, which is to share the amaz­ing tech that CSS has de­vel­oped with riders across the globe and help them be­come bet­ter riders.

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