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First Indian to race at the Dakar Rally, CS Santosh talks about 'Chasing Rainbows'

31 Mar 2015, 12:35 IST
CS Santosh racing at the 2015 Dakar Rally

It’s not just a country of a billion people, it’s also a country starved of athletes; and world class Motorsport athletes come few and far between. Hence, with a lack of infrastructure and only a few competitive rallies, it takes superhuman effort to sprout through the vines and blossom at the international stage. Despite the setbacks, Bangalore-boy CS Santosh managed to <unfurl the Tiranga at arguably the toughest race ever – Dakar Rally.

People know that Santosh returned to the Cross Country Rallies World Championship after getting third degree burns the year before (2013), and that he became the first Indian to finish the Dakar. But what they don’t know is why he does what he does. What makes him wake up every morning and get on his bike and ride hard. Because every day, whether he’s riding in Dakar or at his Motocross Park, he’s "chasing rainbows."

Why Chasing Rainbows?

According to CS Santosh:

As a kid I watched this documentary titled ‘On Any Sunday’. In the film they've mentioned that when you reach the finish line, you don’t always receive grand celebrations or trophies. If not money, if not fame then what are you riding for? What are you chasing? You’re chasing the rainbows! 

So sit back, hit play and enjoy! For this is CS Santosh Chasing Rainbows.

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