- Nagare Vinod, Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Vishal Ahlawat
- 10:19:04 day(s):hour(s):minute(s)
- India (Kibithoo H.Q.)
The fastest time to cycle trans-India (W-E) by a team is 10 days 19 hr 4 min and was achieved by Vishal Ahlawat, Sanjay Kumar Mishra, and Nagare Vinod (all India) in Gujarat, India, on 15 to 26 October 2018.
When we asked the team what attracted them to break a record, they said it was not only for a sense of achievement, but it was also part of a reunion celebration for the Indian army's Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (EME), which the team is part of.
And in true army fashion, the team's training and planning was regimented and disciplined from the start. Responsibilities were divided and research began on the most efficient route available. They checked for any tips from the previous record holders and asked individuals who had travelled through a similar route. It also helped that both Vishat and Sanjay have an extensive cycling background with 20 years' experience each. Nagare, on the other hand, was more of a novice so he trained up for about a year with his teammates to be in top form for the attempt.
As for the trip itself, there were quite a few anecdotes! For example, part of the team's route ran through Kaziranga National Park where they encountered some wild Asian buffalo, herds of elephants, and even the famous Great Indian one horned rhinoceroses! Seeing such incredible wildlife and natural scenery was a large part of what kept the team motivated throughout their journey.
The team's trip also coincided with celebrations for Durga Puja, which is an annual Hindu festival paying homage to the Hindu goddess, Durga and her victory over the demon, Mahishasura. All three members agreed that the people along their journey were often inspiring and lively. So much so that throughout the different regions they visited, people were intrigued and impressed that they were attempting such a challenging record! Several people offered them a place to sleep at night and generous amounts of food.
All in all, while the attempt was an arduous one, each member agreed that giving up was never an option and their support to one another was invaluable, so when asked if they would ever attempt a similar challenge, they said there were already plans in the works! We look forward to any of their future applications.