Fourteen ultra cyclists from Belagavi successfully conquered the highest motorable road in the world, the Khardungla Pass. This challenging cycling route is known for its unpredictable temperatures and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Over the course of ten days, these cyclists covered approximately 600 kilometers of mountain climbing.
Their journey began in Manali on the first day, passing through Marhi, Kelong, Z.Z.Bar, Sarchu, Pang, Debring, Rumstey, Leh, and finally reaching Khardungla on the ninth day. Remarkably, all riders completed the journey.
The team consists of Atul Herekar, Mahesh Chougule, Anil Godse, Bhau Nesarkar, Balkrishna Godse, Dheeraj Bhate, Sachin Astekar, Rahul Oulkar, Vikrant Kalkhambkar, Raju Nayak, Ajit Sherigar, Mahesh Juvali, Prasad Chandgadkar and Jasminder Khurana.
The eldest among them is a banker aged 55 and the youngest is 36 years old.
The entire cycling route boasts an average elevation of 4000 meters (13,000 feet). Along the way, the cyclists crossed several high-altitude passes, including Rahtong La Pass (13,060 feet), Nakee La Pass (15,547 feet), Baralacha La Pass (16,500 feet), Lachung La Pass (16,616 feet), and Tanglang La Pass (17,484 feet).
These dedicated cyclists are all members of the Venugram Cycling Club (VCC) in Belagavi.