18 Riders, 4 Days and 1600 Km: The ride stills reminds some of the best moments, good times, break downs and meeting some best people.
Why the name Endurance Ride? This was when I was moderating the India Bull Riders Bangalore Chapter in 2014 and when I heard about this proposal from Iniyan Bhaai I was Game On as it sounded very exciting and challenging. Lets do this. So far our group rides are one day and overnighters, this is the first time we are attempting a 4 day ride. But when shared with others, Jitu bhaai founder of the IBR Bangalore Chapter and Abdul bhaai, our dear head master of Admin Team and Co-Admin of IBR Bangalore Chapter then were a bit skeptic. It was during the dates of May 1st till 4th which is peak summer where we could almost become Tandoori in all the riding gears, the routes chosen were through ghats and involves off roading. It was an open invite to all club members and hence anyone could join including first time riders. Going as a group for such distance, climatic conditions, terrains, tight schedule and with any new riders shall surely be one ‘Endurance Ride’ and that was the name given.
Having convinced them saying it would be one adventurous ride we have launched the event and within a couple of days we had the 18 names who would be riding from Bangalore – Dandeli – Gokarna – Sakleshpur – Bangalore .
Design Credits: Koi Nahi’ aka Manish
There would have been more but we had to limit the number as already it was a big group and then this idea, why not launch a connecting ride. So now we launched another ride Bangalore – Sakleshpur – Bangalore with an Idea that both the riders meet on 3rd day in Sakleshpur and we all ride together Back to Bangalore.
Day 1 Ride to Dandeli: Its 460 km from Bangalore, we planned to ride on Day 1 and to reach Dandeli post noon. With hype going on with this ride many of us haven’t slept the night before. Starting time was 4:00 AM, at Taj Vivanta, Tumkut Road and to reach that place from the city some had to start at 3:00 AM from South Bangalore. Spirits were too high during the ride briefing where we all would be riding for 4 days and 3 nights through some breathtaking landscapes. 4:30 AM, a rider still doesn’t turn up, his alternate number also no one responds, but still we had to start and we rolled. First pitstop after the toll we regrouped to have a briefing on things like, what is a single file what is a double file, how we can ride better in a group. Imagine that should be a fantastic start, so that we had to have a re briefing and in mean time comes our dear 500 Shashi, who wakes up at 4:30 AM, flies and reaches to catch us at the first pitstop itself. When we start this time with Biju Bhaai the lead, don’t know why he rides above 100 kph, I had to overtake and check why so fast. Oh! JP, my odo is not working, OK J This is just a beginning of the all adventures and crazy incidents.
Second pit stop, supposed to be the breakfast point after Chitradurga, somehow we found an open restaurant only after crossing the city and we entered to find that it takes half an hour to prepare the food. Here we had the first handshake with ‘The headmaster’ of the ride Biju Bhaai… What are you guys doing? You should ride in a formation, No one is following the rules… Look into your rear view mirrors, give hand signals.. Odibaba! However, we start after breakfast and another one hour into the ride on the Bangalore Hubli highway, tusss… Puncture! Mine!
The next puncture shop is around 2 km from there but naaa. This is Endurance Ride, we were carrying so many tools and we shall do it ourselves. 6 to 32 size spanners used everything including hammer, screwdriver, air pump, nothing else was remaining and we ended up jamming the bolt, which now even the puncture shop guy couldn’t remove.
But wait, we were very much prepared, thanks to the puncture foam, the quick fix available in the market. So we filled the tyre up with the foam with an intention to ride till Hubli to get it fixed, and we start again. Ah wait, we also had a spare rider Mr. Mayank for this ride and it was only 17 bikes. Thanks for being light weight he took my bike and I hoped on to Tudu’s. 2-3 kms, it was a BLAST… the trye just bursts… Why? The too hot climate and we didn’t realize that the foam is meant for two fillings we just filled in too much of foam. This is still just a beginning of crazy things..