Cycling for passion or for keeping oneself fit is very common. But there is an extreme form of this sport, which is cycling for days together through rough terrains, unforeseen climatic conditions and weather.
Kharghar-based Kabir Rachure, an advocate by profession, has finished third in the Race Across America (RAAM) – world’s toughest cycling competition that tests the riders’ endurance level by cycling for 5,000 km in a span of 12 days.
An activity picked up by chance in 2015 has now become a crucial factor in the life of this 31-year-old Rachure. The very first solo long distance cycling attempt by Ruchira was a 180km ride from Palm Beach Road to Lonavala. His inspiration was supermodel Milind Soman, known for competing in the Iron Man challenge in 2000.
“I happened to read about his achievements and was motivated to try cycling at a stretch for 180km. I purchased my first Firefox cycle that cost ₹27,000. While getting the cycle repaired, I got to know about groups involved in long-distance cycling, known as Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs),” said Rachure.
In November 2015, Rachure covered 200km from Sanjay Gandhi National Park to Charoti in 10 hours and 13 minutes, thereby making his official foray into long-distance cycling. His true calling came through another long-distance cycling event known as Deccan Cliffhanger – required to qualify for RAAM.
“I didn’t think that I could endure the stress of riding 600km of Deccan Cliffhanger. The rules and scenarios were totally new. The event required a team to […]