Not wanting to stereotype Indian roads or motorists but I for one am wishing Vinod Punmiya the best of luck as he attempts to create a world record in cycling from Delhi to Mumbai, a distance of 1,485 km, in just 30 hours.
Having been a visitor to India many times, I can vouch for some of the insane driving and highway road infrastructure in the country (see video below from this month’s Tour de Mumbai in India of the press guys going through Indian highway traffic; there are virtually no rules to the road).
Vinod, who is 53, has trained for the event for the past two years and has been cycling several hundred kilometres per day for the last two weeks in build up for the start of his attempt on February 19. Vinod has previously cycled from Delhi to Mumbai in four days in 2009 so this attempt is a major step up.
Vinod will start his attempt from India Gate in Delhi and end it at the Gateway of India in Mumbai the next day.
“The road from Delhi to Jaipur will be smooth, and from there on, I shall pass through Chittaurgarh and Udaipur. From Udaipur to Himmatnagar, the going will be tough, though the distance is short because of a rocky terrain. From there on, the road is smooth, passing through Ahmednagar and Baroda. However, upon reaching Surat, the road till Mumbai is bad. These are the areas where I need to be careful,” Vindo told Indian Express.com.
The full route: India Gate, Delhi – Jaipur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur -Ahmedabad – Vadodara – Surat – Vapi – Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Vinod will be using three bikes on his ride (Trek, Specialized and Organ) as well as being accompanied by a 25-member team and an ambulance on his ride. Good luck, I think he’ll need it.
Above photo used courtesy of Comprock