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Pune Panchgani Pune BRM 200 Ride

Pune Panchgani Pune 200 km BRM event.
I completed 200 km BRM event this sunday on 12th June 2011.
It was an awesome experience.
It was my friend Sanjay who suggested that we should attempt the 200 km BRM event. I had recently graduated from Hybrid to Road. So it was an opportunity to achieve. I had done Enduro 40 + recently. Sanjay, Satish , Alok and Aba and me started doing regular practice rides to Chandani Chowk @ 25 -30 km daily. 
With the guidance of Satish Apte ( Former National Cyclist - done many events ) the improvements were seen in everyone's riding. 
We had done our preparation perfectly. The diet was modified to more carbohydrates. Finally the day arrived.
We reached the start point at University of Pune Main Gate at 5.45 am. After completing the formalities we started at 6 am sharp.
It had been raining heavily the day earlier and also on Friday. Fortunately with the God's grace the skies were clear and it was not raining in the morning
Sanjay and me were riding together and Alok, Aba and Manoj were together. We reached Katraj Tunnel easily by then the legs had warmed up and the feeling of reaching the first ghat was there.
Soon we were out of the Katraj tunnel and reached the Khandala by 9 30 am. I had one bottle of water and the other of Hyspeed drink . Got the water filled there and ate some cake which was with me. All the way I was munching the dry fruits and drinking water and the drink regularly.
The khambatki ghat was the first to be accomlished. I was thinking about the ride section by section. Started the climb and reached the temple took a small break and grabbed one energy bar. Started again cycling and reached the top in 30 min. It was time for some photography. Got myself photographed over there and started the descend and soon reached the Wai phata. 

Satish had advised me not to stop in between but to stop directly at Wai. The ride from Surur to Wai had moderate ups and downs. The road condition was not as good as the highway so it was not so easy to pick up speed. On top of it the rains had made the road slippery and in certain patches mud was on the road. I had few scarry moments when the read wheel suddenly slipped but fortunately I managed to regain control and kept going. Refilled water at Wai and ate some cake and started the Pasarni climb.
By then it was @ 11-11.15 am. I started the climb and I had decided to maintain my cadence and continue at a decided pace. After some time I reached the Pasarni Temple. Till then I covered on 4 km or so. Still 10 km to go. After that I changed my strategy. Legs were getting tired
and continue. With this I could manage the ghat without getting fatigued. Finally I could see the paragliding center board and then realised that I am near the Ghat top. Continued further and then saw the long line of cars to pay the road toll. Then finding my way through the long line of cars reached the parking space near the bus stand in Panchgani, by then the time was 12.30 pm. Met my friends over there again refilled the water and ate something and started the descend immediately. Stopped just before the descend started and took a photograph. 

The climb in both the ghats was some times had rains, cross winds and some times bright Sun shining. It was a great filling once I reached the Panchagani top. Told myself 50% job is done still a long way to go.
So I did @ 2 km at a stretch then a small halt for water
Started the descend, fortunately it was not raining so I could speed down. But had to control the cycle and it was streneous to hold the brakes and keep the cycle in control. Finally I reached the Wai and stopped for refilling of water and continued further and reached near the surur phata. Just before surur phata took a break had good 2 glasses of tea and ate the cake and did some stretching and continued the journey.
Reached surur and joined the highway. Soon I reached Shirwal and realised that I have to tackle the last difficult climb. The distance from Shriwal to Toll naka of Shivapur is @ 25-28 km. The climb is of @ 200 m. Started the uphill journey. It was the toughest part of the entire ride. I was telling looking at the passing km stone and assuring myself only 50 odd km to go to reach the destination. I met on of the riders enroute who had stopped for a bite, waived him and continued further. In between I was eating energy bar, dry fruits and filling myself with the drink and water. 
Finally I reached the Khed Shivapur Toll Plaza and I was relieved that the climb is now over. I stopped at a hotel got myself a good tea and ate the last piece of cake I had. Washed my faced and started peddling toward the Chandani Chowk. The journey was yet to be over. It started raining heavily just before the Katraj Tunnel. The visibility was poor and the rain was hitting me badly but I continued and reached the tunnel.
Soon I was on the other side of the tunnel and I hoped the rain would spare me, but the rain continued with me. I knew I was few kms away from the finish so just kept on pushing further and reached the Warje bridge. Crossed the bridge and finally reached the Cafe Coffee Day at Chandani Chowk by 5.53 pm. Reported to the officials and completed the event.Total Distance travelled from Home to Home @ 220 km. The speedo shows 226 this photo was taken on the next day. It shows the magic figure of 220 + reading

Time 10 hrs 46 min and including halts total time 11 hrs 53 min
I feel like I am at top of the world. But I must mention here that it was due to my friends and their motivation. My daughter and my wife were eagerly waiting for my safe return to home.Once I reached home had a good hot water bath and good food and a good relaxed sleep.
Mandar Gadre

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Comment by Pankaj Patil on February 24, 2012 at 11:46am

Awesome:) even i want to do the same route brm coming up on 11th march 2012..I ride regularly..but have never done ghats...I have my Fomas Road you think ill be able to complete the 3 ghats on this route?I have good 2 weeks for training and i will ride only concern was wud i be able to do the ghats with 14gears...and wud i be able to complete it as im yet to conquer any ghats..guys please throwin your comments.. thnks in advance..-9004139992

Comment by aashish contractor on August 31, 2011 at 2:09pm

Well done Mandar. Thats a difficult ride, and I am sure it must be a great sense of achievement- doing it in the rain must have made it much harder. congratulations.


Comment by Mandar Atulachandra Gadre on July 20, 2011 at 4:35pm


Great. You can do it. See you sometimes somewhere on the road.

Comment by Pritesh Bora on June 19, 2011 at 12:37am

Hey mandarr...

Thats cool...

Great... On the same day me and my friend was on the same route but i made it till varve's McD and returned... I am hoping to ride till mahabaleshwar some day. lets see....

Good going mandar...

Comment by Mandar Atulachandra Gadre on June 16, 2011 at 4:08pm

Dear Kailash Great. Sure we will interact whenever you want.


Comment by Kailas Mehendale on June 16, 2011 at 3:51pm
Dear Mandar,
I am planning to do Panjim some-time in Nov Dec will get in touch with you for that.

Comment by Mohinder Singh Bharaj on June 15, 2011 at 9:24am
very good, "keep it up".
Comment by Pritam... on June 15, 2011 at 12:36am
Hey Mandar ,Many congrats for achieving this feat !!!
Travelogue is also nice ...keep it up !!!
Comment by Sanjay Joshi on June 14, 2011 at 6:25pm

Congratulations Mandar

For finishing the 200 BRM & for a Great show of stamina,courage & determination.

And also for a nicely worded writeup.

Sanjay Joshi


Comment by Sunil Gandhi on June 14, 2011 at 6:09pm
Sure Mandar, am planning for the october 200 km from Pune, Hope I prepare myself for that and do it. I did not attend this 1 cause of Ghat of Panchgani and not fully ready yet.


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