After last weeks horror on Bangalore East roads, I was focused on mapping a “blow MY mind away” route.
And I was successful!
We kicked off at 6am sharp with riders coming in all the way from Sarjapur to participate. The route followed Ulsoor > OMR > K. R. Puram bridge. Enroute we picked up Andy & The aeroplane man, Leander Wheatley. The feeling of riding between Metro station to K. R. Puram bridge goes something like this: “Argh!! Traffic, so many people at the bridge, why is Bangalore like this?”. As soon as you get onto the bridge and start climbing, you’ll be wondering: Dam!! where did all those people, motor bikes & cars go?.
Entering Budigere road a.k.a Siva’s road was just filled with grass lands, lot’s of twisting and turning road, selfie time at a very good looking farm house and lastly Gulkand bun & tea at Malabar Tiffin (I would recommend this place for refuelling lost calories before head out to either Devanahalli / Nandi hills).
We met this guy at the bakery who was experiencing his morning dose of Jack Daniel and “generously forced” us not to pay for the Gulkand bun and tea. If any of y’all are heading there after reading this, you will probably still find him at the bakery!
After we crossed KIDB, it was all downhill and the most brilliant straight road until we reached Hennur. I would recommend this road for anyone looking at interval / controlled training, mostly TT effort kinda stuff.
With all that said, I would like to conclude with: Riding in the north, northeast, northwest is a blessing for road bikers in Bangalore. There are so many options of rural roads that one can explore. All you need is a bike and a thirst for exploring.
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
Having started cycling quite late in life, I love riding whatever I get my hands-on! I love the sense of accomplishment I get every time I ride my bike and the fact that I feel younger with more saddle time. I enjoy riding my road bike hard on gravel and am looking forward to someday riding The Paris-Roubaix challenge.
DISCIPLINE: Mountain Biking & Gravel Road
CURRENT BIKE(S): Specialized Allez Comp & Specialized Rockhopper Pro
DREAM BIKE: S-Works Stumpjumper FSR & CruX Expert X1
OTHER PASSIONS: Dogs, Cooking, Photography & Travel