Nashik Boy Cycles from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 8 Days, Covers 3,600 km Distance; Sets Record
Om Mahajan will be turning 18 just next month, but he has already broken the record for the fastest bicycle journey across India.
Mahajan, citizen of Nashik in Maharashtra, covered the range of 3,600 km from Srinagar to Kanyakumari on bicycle in eight days, seven hours and 38 minutes, completing on Saturday afternoon.
” I was constantly into cycling, but it was more about running. I started to imagine endurance cycling and participating in the Race Throughout America (RAAM) after lockdown began,” Om said, speaking with PTI minutes after reaching Kanyakumari.
” About 6 months earlier, I began training for the qualifier ride for RAAM which was to take place in November,” he said.
However instead of opting for the requirement 600- km qualifier ride, Om set himself a ‘Race Throughout India”.
He began from Srinagar on a cold night recently, and braved heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh and penalizing heat down south before reaching the location.
The existing Guinness Book record for the fastest bicycle flight from Srinagar to Kanyakumari is held by his uncle, Mahendra Mahajan.
However, that record was just recently broken by the Indian Army’s Lt Col Bharat Pannu, who cycled the distance in 8 days and nine hours, though it was yet to be gone into in Guinness Book.
The younger Mahajan had set his eyes on Pannu’s record.
” Sleep and even rest was a high-end,” he stated, including that riding in the cold was the toughest part.
On Saturday, as news of Om’s accomplishment spread in the bicyclist neighborhood on social media, Lt Col Pannu fasted to praise the 17- year-old.
Om’s daddy Hitendra and uncle Mahendra had won the RAAM as a group of two in2015 They also hold a record for the fastest ride along the Golden Quadrilateral.
The pandemic postponed his departure to Kansas, United States where he has enrolled for a graduate course in sports management, Om said. But it also provided him time to train.
A skilled crew of bicyclists including his daddy and uncle, along with RAAM solo finisher Kabir Raichure accompanied him in a car as his support group.
” I just cycled the range. A huge part of the credit goes to the team. This is our collective record,” Om said.
His next difficulty is RAAM, often referred to as the toughest cycle race in the world. To finish it effectively, Om will have to ride 4,800 km within 12 days.
However for now he can take pleasure in the high-end of taking in the sunset at Kanyakumari beach, without when looking at the watch.
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