Mangaluru, Aug 30, 2016: ’Tour De Mountains’, an initiative by MbC, Mangalore Bicycle Club brought to an end their season of riding by venturing out for a ride to Agumbe-Kundadri on Aug 28, Sunday.
The Tour de Mountains help cyclists improve their climbing skills. The bicycle expedition was held on Aug 29, Sunday under the stewardship of Dony Menezes, president of the club, Dr Pritam Sharma, vice-president and Gaurav Prabhu, committee member. A total of 24 MbC cyclists saddled up for the Tour de Mountains ride. The ride started from Someshwara.
The bicycles were transported using cars from Mangaluru. But four riders- Shameem, Arvind, Sagar and Phillip peddled all the way from Manipal to Someshwara to join the adventurous expedition of the MbC. From Someshwara, the riders climbed to Agumbe which is around 9 kms and from there, they took off to the adventurous part to Kundadri base covering 15 kms and then the toughest climb to Kundadri hill top which was around 4.2-km. All riders, both amateur and seasoned, successfully climbed Kundadri without any hassle.
The youngest in the group, Amogha Vikrama (16), climbed the peak comfortably and so did Maxim Menezes (61) inspiring all the fellow riders-Dr Nagraj Shetty, Ganesh Nayak, Kethan Kevala, Arun Kumar Nayak, Joshua Dsouza, Harsha Vardhana, Hari Prasad, Gaurav Prabhu, Dr Murali Shankar, Ankith Shetty, Shubhanand Rao, Sunil Mendes, Masood Teekay, Marzooq Ahmed, Ravish Shenoy, Achinthya Rao, Shameem Shaikh, Arvind K Y, Sagar Kalburgi and Phillip Adkins. After riding for 4.5 hours of uphill and downhill, covering a distance of 55 kms and elevation of 1,800 metres in total, the team reached back to Someshwara.
A media release from the club said riders consisted of beginners with just 3-4 weeks of cycling experience to the experienced and seasoned cyclists.
More than the climb the passion and excitement levels each rider exhibited during the climb and the efforts every cyclists have taken to motivate each other is remarkable. "Breathtaking views on the Agumbe-Kudadri routes and pure fresh air gave positive energy and passion to the ride with great enthusiasm.