Yes, we did 150km last weekend, braving the cold.
Thanks to Pedalars (aka Cyclorers – Cycling Explorers), a gurgaon-based cycling club, who took it up to their hearts to ride a maiden 150K Gran Fondo through Mustard fields in the rural territories of Haryana.
We started from Huda city centre (Gurgaon) around 7:00am, it was like any other cold winter day in Delhi NCR. However, as we hit the rurals, a dense fog plummeted from nowhere, and it was like a never ending triad!
As the roads became narrower, and fog denser, and cold harsher..we strained our eyes on every inch of road and scanned for the never-honking cars that speeded through the same road towards us (as we know there is no concept such as One-way in rurals, haha its either my-way or high-way rule that reigns :p)
The ride was beautiful in every sense, because we weren’t racing against anyone or time..we were enjoying every moment by commemorating local dishes as we passed intersections, savouring them to compensate the carbs that we burned.
Nothing could refresh us more, but eating farm-fresh raw chillingly-cold Amrud (Guava) sold at an Highway intersection by a lady farmer.
The most notable part of our ride, besides riding through yellow-mustard-flower-fields, was exploring a remote-rural-lost-to-the-history village, called Dujana.
Dujana, was once a stallion for army horses for the Mughal empire at Delhi (Sultanate)
Today, you can find here, traces of open fields, which are sparely used for horse rearing, and a centuries old mosque, which survived in Hindu dominance era, long after the Mughals being defeated.
We also explored a small natural pond, which once housed water for horses, and now for the entire village.
We were fortunate to ride with best bikes – 3 Giants, 1 Carbon-fiber Schwab and My Nuage Hawk.
So was our fantastic fun-cum-foodie-cum-roadie-cum-GranFondo-150 km ride.
We haulted for Lunch near Jhajjar, followed by a quick tea before Farukh Nagar, followed by awesome Paneer-Pakoda and tea at Sultanpur Park’s Guest room restaurant.
All-in-all, it was a celebratory ride, which I believe, non of us Pedalars shall forget any sooner..we all enjoyed..
Most of us, returned back by 8-8:30pm, as we speeded our return in the dark roads of Highway with our only supporting rear-and-front safety lights.
To aid our vision, we rode very closely, to help us see roads better with each others light.
However, I must add on not to practice this idea, especially when you hit the cities, as then your chances of colliding with each other increases.
It so happened with us, that a small girl child came in front of our speeding bikes, the flagship rider clenched his brake, following a collision with rear rider, following another collision with me at the hind side.
This all happened on the busy street.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, nor anyone came under wheels. The girl too escaped from collision, as the flagship rider had passed without dodging her, putting brakes into action in the nick-of-time.
One lesson I learned, no matter how hard you want to apply your brakes, never put your legs on road while riding. A rider in front of me, did so, and as a punishment he was narrowly saved from rolling over the roads, or coming under my wheels.
Always ensure a safe ride:)