Meet Faseela, the first Kerala woman to hold off-road license of FMSCI
Kochi: Faseela is not only popular in the mud tracks of Paravoor but also in the off-roads leading to the great Himalayas. This 31-year-old hailing from Kochi is the only Keralite woman to hold off-road license of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI).
‘Bike stunter’ dreams
Bikes were Faseela's obsession since childhood but hardships in life did not let her fulfill her dream of becoming a ‘bike stunter’. One day she noticed a different handle on a bike that was parked on the roadside. She waited for its owner to come and asked about the modification.
Faseela wanted to modify her bike too. She approached the workshop of ‘Coga Racing’, the top racing team in Kochi, to modify it. From there, her dream to be an off-roader got wings. Her friend Reshma is her biggest inspiration and support to become an off-roader.
Kerala to Himalaya
Faseela's first match took place in Paravoor in 2016. After proving her talent in almost all the top matches in state level, she started competing in national matches. She takes part in all matches be it in Vadodara, Nasik, Indore, Pune or Coimbatore.
Her best experience was the ‘Cross Country’ match organised by the Himalayan Motor Sports Association in 2018. The ride through the dangerous off-roads down the Himalayas in a very unpleasant climatic condition was truly a challenge. She covered 2000 kilometres in three and a half days.
Faseela was a junior when she first took part in the National Rally in which many senior and skilful women riders proved their talent. She finished as the first runner up in the first round held in Vadodara. But the second round at Indore was a challenge.
Faseela met with an accident but she ended the ride as the second runner up. In the following matches, she finished as first and second runner up. In the last round, the bike was not in good condition and she could not finish. But Faseela secured second place with her championship points.
Faseela said that her mother is her greatest supporter even amid the struggles in life. Her biggest dream is to launch a racing club exclusively for women.