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.
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
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.
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.