Cycle of Passion

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

A ride from Bangalore to my home in Thrissur on a cycle was one that I had in my bucket list when I joined Indian Institute of Science for my Bachelors. The idea first surfaced on a night-time bicycle ride with my friends, in our freshman year. From then, it took more than 3 years for the idea to materialize, and I was the only one crazy enough to attempt it.

My passion for cycling started when I bought a new bicycle while I was in my fourth year of college. Shortly after, I did a ride to the beautiful Hesaraghatta Lake . That 40 km ride was the longest ride that I had done until then. The experience motivated me to continue exploring my newfound interest in cycling. A month later, I did my first century ride to Nandi Hills. The ride gave me a feeling that a 100 km on a bicycle is not too much, and helped fuel my interest in cycling. I made it a routine to conduct rides on most weekends, usually with one or more friends. These rides made me realize how underexplored Bangalore and its surrounding was and helped me gain new friends who share the same excitement for cycling. These experiences galvanized the thoughts about doing the ride that I’ve been longing to do.

Soon after the start of my semester break, I started off the ride on 4th of May. Though it was mid-summer, the scorching day temperatures were brought down by evening rains in the previous days. I started the ride at 4 AM, to take advantage of low traffic and the cool morning temperatures. For the 3-day ride, I had planned my stopovers for Day 1 and Day 2 at Mysore and Wayanad respectively. On the first day I travelled a total of approximately 140 kms, from Bangalore to Mysore. I reached Mysore by noon and checked in on the dormitory I booked. After a short nap, I had an early dinner follow