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Leh to Manali: Army officer sets new Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Solo Cycling’

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Lieutenant Colonel Sripada Sriram of the Indian Army’s Strategic Strikers Division of One Corps has set a Guinness World Record for the ‘fastest solo cycling-(men)’ from Leh to Manali. In 34:54 hours, he covered the 472-kilometer journey. India is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its triumph over Pakistan in the 1971 war with ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh.’

Starts journey from Leh on Saturday

Lt Col Sripada Sriram of the strategic Strikers Division began riding from Leh, Ladakh, on Saturday at 4 a.m., he added. “On September 26, Lieutenant Colonel Sriram broke a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Fastest Solo Cycling (Men)’ from Leh to Manali (in Himachal Pradesh). “The entire distance travelled was 472 kilometres, with an elevation increase of nearly 8,000 metres,” the spokeswoman added in record time.

According to him, the cop completed the journey in 34 hours and 54 minutes, crossing five major passes in difficult weather. According to the spokeswoman, the event is part of the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations and honours the 195th Gunners’ Day.
He commended the efforts of the team and lauded their spirit and unflinching grit during the expedition.

Earlier Special forces veterans made history

Earlier this month, the Indian Armed Forces’ ‘Squad Claw,’ a group of special forces veterans, set a global record by successfully scaling the world’s highest battlefield, the Siachen Glacier, with the largest team of persons with impairments. On September 7, 2021, the summit began and ended on September 18, 2021.

The Indian Army, particularly Headquarters Northern Command and Headquarters 14 Corps, backed up the squad, making it a huge success. The team arrived at Udhampur on September 20 after successfully scaling the mountain and was greeted by General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command.

Two ex-special forces officers commanded the squad, which included two blind women, three upper limb amputees, three blind individuals, two ex-Parachute Regiment Officers, four ex-special forces ex-servicemen, and three civilians, including a doctor.

‘Road to Himalaya’ race won by Akash and Rajbir

In the Elite Men’s and Under-19 categories, respectively, Akash Sherpa and Rajbir Singh (1 hour 50 minutes) took first place, while Kunal Negi finished the 38-kilometer “Road to Himalaya race, Shimla Chapter, in 1 hour 53 minutes.
The bike race was finished by 38 of the 48 cyclists, with an average elevation gain of 765 metres. Mashobara-Seepur-Ghodna-Dak Bangla-Bekhulti-Camp Daak Bangla was the route.

According to Mohit Sood, President and Founder of Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association, the best three riders in the event will receive free entrance into the famous 9th MTB Shimla (HASTPA).
“As we have the best natural terrain for the sport, we are devoted to finding and nurturing the top MTB talent in the country,” Sood added.

Previously, an Army soldier made world record for cycling from Leh to Manali

Because of the altitude gain and the erratic weather, the 472-kilometer road from Leh to Manali is considered a challenge even for automobiles and truck drivers. Lt Col Bharat Pannu, an army officer, cycled the route – one of the world’s highest motorable portions – in 35 hours and 25 minutes two days ago. He is presently attempting to break the world record.

Pannu left Leh on Saturday morning and arrived in Manali by Sunday evening. “The 50-kilometer ascent to Tanglang La (5,328 metres above sea level) was brutal, but the sunset over the pass was breathtaking.

Col Pannu told PTI over the phone from Chandigarh that the temperature dipped to -12 degrees Celsius at night.
According to him, no official speed records for cyclists on the route were kept, but some bikers completed the journey in 49 hours. His goal was to break the global speed record, and Guinness Book authorities predicted he’d complete in under 40 hours.

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