Ultra-Cycling is an extreme sport that is finding many enthusiasts in India, here is a list of races you need to try if you want to join this elite group of cyclists.
John F Kennedy once famously quoted, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” and he was right.
Exploring the world on a bike is truly one of the most amazing feeling in the world; but, cycling today has evolved dramatically – from road racing to mountain biking to ultra-cycling.
In India, the cycling community has made sure that there are a plethora of new events that are catering to the growing fraternity of cyclists. Take ultra-cycling races for example – Inspire India is a company that organizes ultra-races across India providing Indian ultra-cyclists a platform to hone their skills and become world-class athletes.
Leading from the front is Divya Tate, an ultra-cyclist and the first Indian woman to qualify for the historic event – the Paris-Brest-Paris(PBP ) of 1200K. She is vastly experienced and using her exposure to the RAAM (Race Across America) and PBP, she wanted to build a similar platform for cyclists in India
Learn more @ https://www.inspire-india.in/divya-tate/
Inspire India organises Race Across America (RAAM) qualifiers with a mission to create challenging International standard cycle races in India.
In this article, we have pulled together some of the best ultra-cycle races you can find in India that hone your skills, test your determination and make your heart skip a beat.
The Deccan Cliffhanger.
An annual ultra-cycling race which happens in November every year, this race starts from Pune (the city of cycles) and ends on the shores of Goa (643K). The race has two categories – solo or relay. The route follows the Sahyadri range and finally passing through the dense forests that cover the cliffs of the escarpment, into the Konkan as it heads to the Arabian Sea.
Learn more at https://www.inspire-india.in/the-deccan-cliffhanger/
The Great Himalayan Ultra.
The Great Himalayan Ultra which is 600K long starts and ends in Leh, Ladakh, and loops around the beautiful region of Dras in the Kargil district of Jammu & Kashmir. Usually scheduled for August, this race is billed as the world’s highest ultra-cycle race clocking in at an elevation gain of 10347m. This being a high-altitude race, racers must report before 8-10 days to acclimatize to the conditions.
Learn more at https://www.inspire-india.in/the-great-himalayan-ultra/
The Ultra Spice Race.
The Ultra spice race has 2 distances of 1000K and 1750K with solo and relay team categories. The race starts and finishes at Bogmalo, Goa and usually happens around January every year. The race route starts right on the beach and goes along the coast passing coconut tree-lined creeks before it turns inland. With scenic beauty all around, the route here passes through the forest and plantation covered mountains of the south exposing you to coffee, tea, and pepper plantations. The route returns along the coast to finish back on the beach.
Learn more at https://www.inspire-india.in/the-ultra-spice-race/
Dunes Time Trial
A thrilling fast paced high-intensity race with a 6-12-24 hr time trial is being organised for the first time in India with participants attempting to set the highest mileage possible in the allotted time. The race is to be held in loops, with the long one being 55km on the outskirts of Jodhpur and the shorter loop is 15.5km overlapping with the long loop. The Dunes schedule is yet to be finalised, so stay tuned to get all the updates at the link below.
Learn more at https://www.inspire-india.in/dunes-time-trial/
These events are a great place to meet like-minded people, have fun with each race and make memories that will last a lifetime.