Elevation Gain: 1,558m Distance: 166.81km Ride time: 5-6 hours Route profile: Rolling Road quality: Smooth tarmac; ocassional bad patches Traffic Level: Low
Our very first 100 miler had to be exciting, challenging and scenic at the same time to encourage people to get into brevets.
Thally lake on the other side of the state border was just the place we were hoping for. We start off with the tattekere routethtough anjanapura up until Bannerghatta and then we take a slight deviation towards Anekal all the way towards hosur till you cross into tamil nadu. Where although the language might change, the people are just as friendly and intrigued by cyclists.
It’s mostly slight downhill from here till denkanakottai past the thally lake where the state highway is newly laid for the most part and covered with a canopy of trees. Before reaching denkanakottai, take a sharp right towards kakkadasam and we reach the beautiful thally lake. You can spot a kingfisher or two doing what they best do if you’re lucky. Past the lake, the canopy disappears along with some patches of the road. The sun can be blistering in these stretches, so carry lots of water as the shops and houses in this stretch are scanty.
As we near the border of Karnataka again, there is a nice and long series of descents, do you can go down on your drops if you have a road bike, followed by a series of climbs with a small patch of gravel in between to test your mettle.
The roads after that can get a little monotonous without any greenery, so make sure you have a buddy with you for some time pass and soon, you’ll be nearing Bannerghatta Muninagara dam after going through some village gullies to come back to Anjanapura and finish strong in Jayanagar. Total elevation gain: 2078m
Note: Start early to avoid the heat and traffic. Stay well hydrated during the ride. Wear a helmet and ride safe.
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
I’ve been riding for as long as I can remember. This eventually gave way to long-distance cycling and brevets which were great options to stay fit. I’m always looking for an opportunity to influence my friends into riding bikes. Looking to take a shot at riding trails soon, because that looks really fun as well.
DISCIPLINE: Road biking
CURRENT BIKES: Giant Defy 1
DREAM BIKE: Specialized Roubaix Comp