In the past week, the team of six has visited Villupuram, Thiruvannamalai, Ranipet and Vellore. Apart from Pandian, the team includes two palm tree climbers, one palm leaf craft maker, Pandian’s 14-year-old daughter and another girl, who is Pandian’s friend’s daughter. “Whenever we visit a village, we teach the palm tree climbers the importance of the work they do. We also talk about palm tree food products like karupatti, padhaneer, nungu. Though these have various nutritional properties, many don’t use them. I am not sure if it is because these food products are not marketed properly or not. In general, palm tree climbers are being marginalised and neglected by authorities. We hope that attitude change with our cycling tour,” he adds.