The 44-year-old holds the record for the fastest woman cyclist on the Golden Quadrilateral (6,000 km). The ride, planned for June 22, will be at 3,600 metres above sea level. “I am training hard for this Leh-Manali non-stop high-altitude expedition,” Preeti told The Indian Express .
“I recently participated in another high-altitude cycling event in Uttarakhand in May cycling at 3,400 meters on the Indo-China-Nepal border, a women’s cycling expedition Tour-de-Kailash,” she said. Preeti was the lone woman cyclist from Pune invited by the Uttarakhand government.
She admits that the most challenging part of Leh-Manali is sleep deprivation as it is a continuous, non-stop ride to be completed within 60 hours.
Best of Express Premium Explained: Delhi’s deep ties in Gulf were delinked from faith, now … Explained: Why the Gulf matters for India The second challenge will be to manage the extremely low temperatures at high-altitude passes, especially at night. “I am quite enthusiastic about the ride and have dedicated it to the Border Roads Organization (BRO) which has been doing amazing work. (BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighbouring countries).
The expedition includes a crew of six persons. “I will have to be at Leh at least ten days before the ride to get acclimatised to the high-altitude terrain,” she said. On the nutrition front, Preeti said that she would mostly have a high-protein liquid diet for quick and continuous energy replenishment. Preeti has several records, including covering the Srinagar-Leh-Khardungla top in five days last […]