It was time for the Mahindra Monsoon Challenge 2011. It’s a TSD (time, speed, distance) rally and the objective is to maintain precise average speeds over the prescribed route. The route ran from Nashik to Goa via Aurangabad and Kolhapur. Before the start of each day, the organisers gave you a route map and a time chart. The route map has a list of ‘tulips’, which tell you the accurate distance and direction to the next turn or intersection, the time chart tells you the ideal average speed you should be doing to avoid early or late penalties.