Elevation Gain: 977m
Estimated Time To Complete: 4 – 8 hours
Route Profile: Rolling with a few steep climbs
Road Quality: Tarmac with some sections of broken road
Traffic Level: Moderate initially but minimal once you leave the city
Strava Route Link: https://www.strava.com/routes/13858919
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
The Pipeline Road is a popular route for runners and cyclists in Bangalore. A peaceful, rolling, scenic route that has a massive pipeline alongside carrying drinking water to Bangalore city – hence the name.
The mapped route starts from BUMSONTHESADDLE Jayanagar. We head towards Uttarahalli Main Road via Devegowda Petrol Bunk. This will lead you directly to the Pipeline Road. The steep descents can tempt one to ride fast, but be cautious about incoming traffic. Use both front and rear brakes in case you want to slow down or come to a stop. In case there are larger vehicles approaching, make way for them. There are three steep descents which will lead you out of Bangalore to a village called Tathaguni.
Upon reaching the intersection between pipeline road and Tathaguni, one has to take a right and enter the village and ride for a few 100 meters until they find a fairly wide road turning to the left. The road runs along the walls of a BWSSB pumping station. Ride down the road and make a right turn to continue riding on the pipeline road.
Continue on the Pipeline Road until you reach a gate outside the BWSSB pumping station. The gate is always closed. But there is a small passage for people to cross over to the other side of the gate. Get off the saddle and carry your bike across the gate and continue riding.
The traffic levels would have dropped drastically. Art Of Living Ashram, DAV Public School are some of the popular landmarks on this road. The road is one straight road with lots of greenery on either side. Continue on the Pipeline Road until you reach APS College. Head onto Kanakapura Road and take the first left to continue riding on the pipeline road.
With no more deviations, The Pipeline Road intersects the Kanakapura Road a few times till the town of Kanakapura. The u-turn point is at Kanakapura Park on the Pipeline Road. While heading back to Bangalore, avoid the Kanakapura Road as the road is narrow and has a lot of traffic movement. In case you take the Kanakapura Road, follow the Metro line back to Jayanagar.
An important tip to complete the ride; Stay well hydrated, spin on the climbs and finally enjoy the climbs and scenery.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
I started Cycling in June 2017 primarily to improve my level of fitness and have since then enjoyed every second spent on the saddle. The excitement of participating in races, the freedom to explore the countryside and confidence to make new friends have only encouraged me to ride my bike often, if not every single day. I would like to someday travel the whole of Europe on my bike and also build a bike for myself.
DISCIPLINE: Road Biking
CURRENT BIKE(S): Merida Speeder 100
DREAM BIKE: Specialized Allez Sprint