Gran Fondo – 150 km

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.

The Pedalars
The Pedalars

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!

Captured through the eyes of my Nuage Hawk
Captured through the eyes of my Nuage Hawk

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)

Fog on a National Highway
Fog on a National Highway

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.

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A pain-relieving moment
A pain-relieving moment

We were fortunate to ride with best bikes – 3 Giants, 1 Carbon-fiber Schwab and My Nuage Hawk.

My Nuage Hawk (w/o gears)
My Nuage Hawk (w/o gears)

So was our fantastic fun-cum-foodie-cum-roadie-cum-GranFondo-150 km ride.

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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:)

Keep riding!

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7 thoughts on “Gran Fondo – 150 km

  1. I follow u guys regularly on cycling portals.Started cycling 2 mnths bck on a regulars.Bt still need 2 gear up fr such long rides.I wish’ll join u guys fr these ones in d cming mnths.

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    1. Awesome Shweta! kudos to you:)

      Group riding is best for long rides, I would recommend Pedalars and Mr. Vishwas Sindu et al.

      The best part about their rides, is when they are riding they do not ride against time, we eat pedal..eat pedal..eat pedal and ride.. and its really fun (enduring though, as a sweet pain arises, whenever you stop and ride)..

      Donot worry if you can endure or not, the fact is its all there in the mind..a secret endurance energy is stored in all of us, its just that event like these help us reveal it..

      Like, riding for 8 hours may be difficult to comtemplate.,..as you get tired soon after the first 15 minutes, …

      But the key is keeping your ride on, and reaching that nirvana state, where you dont feel any pain, and suddenly from no where, (possibly within) the energy shoots out to your rescue…

      And in the course of ride you learn to control your energy expense, patience, trigger hidden energy spots and keeping calm..and eating and eating and eating..hahaha..its fun..

      I am sure, you would enjoy doing it!

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  2. Waou, impressive!!! you are doing great, would take me ages to get out of bed with such a weather on a day off… let alone to ride a bike for 150 km 😛 But I can see it was worth it, keep it up 🙂

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