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300km BRM training ride no. 1

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300km BRM training ride no. 1

Time: February 20, 2010 from 4:30am to 4pm
Location: pune - lonavala - panvel
Street: NH4
City/Town: pune
Phone: 9822091003, 9373797673
Event Type: training, ride
Organized By: Divya Tate, Gagan Grover
Latest Activity: Feb 22, 2010

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200-220 km training for the 300km BRM

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Comment by Boni Gopalan on February 22, 2010 at 12:29pm
I was lucky to be back in the comfort of the home by quarter past 10. The last stop for me before home was what we took together right before Lonavala. May be a definite 4:30 push off from Pune can ensure that all of us can climb the ghats and still reach back before the sun starts doing its thing. Enjoyed riding with you guys and was delighted meet so many people whom I knew through forums. Group rides are not something that I do often; so please forgive my solo riding for 75% of the route. I really was in a hurry to reach back before the sun.
Comment by Divya Tate on February 22, 2010 at 10:41am
oh gawd.... so sorry boni!! blame it on the heat.... not on the aging brain cells!! :-)
yes all... pl read "boni" instead of trilok!!
Comment by Sujit Kolke on February 22, 2010 at 9:17am
hey read "Boni" instead of "Trilok". :-)
the heat and head wind was a pain on the return and then the traffic after Dehu road after I entered Pune city. Was sapped and took a rick from Chinchwad. (therfore a 160 km ride for me)... But it was a good feeling completing the Ghat from the wrong side :-)
Comment by Boni Gopalan on February 21, 2010 at 11:22pm
Interesting! Do not remember seeing a Trilok, But do remember peeling off at Lonavala :-)

I'm worse with names, so no issues :-)
Comment by Divya Tate on February 21, 2010 at 11:55am
it was a most gruelling ride!! only 150 kms but more taxing than the 200km BRM... for me at least!!
started off nicely enough 4.45 a.m. varun, mehul and myself from aundh, joined sandeep, gagan and trilok on the road to hinjewadi.
sujit joined up at somatane phata........ we rode nice and cool!! varun peeled back after kamshet, trilok at lonavala.
i decided to go down the ghat, inspite of feeling a little sick, sujit also thot "what the hell, let's do it!", gagan of course did not even need to think about it, sandeep was game for anything, so the 4 of us kept mehul company on the ride down into the konkan!!!
now that WAS awsome.... the highway part of it was really nice and dramatic, with the sahayadris forming a super backdrop.
at 8.30 a.m. 75kms, mehul headed for bombay and we turned around in khopoli to face the ghat from the wrong side!!! argh!! what can i say... it depleted me totally, we all rode up all the way, no walking but oh man it's a killer!!
(not for gagan of course... who breezed up)
and it was not over yet.... after b'fast in lonavala.... we had to ride back, low on energy to pune in furnace like conditions!! absolutely no trees, no shade, the asphalt reflecting hot hot hot.....
i was actually more tired than after the 200 km BRM......
Comment by Divya Tate on February 19, 2010 at 12:34pm
hey that sounds fun... dep 4.30 so we should be at lonavala at 8 and khopoli at 9 i guess!! chai in khopoli at.... ?
mehul is the raison d'etre of this ride, and he can join u to return to bombay!!
Comment by Gagan Grover on February 18, 2010 at 2:55pm
Those, who wants to go back from Lonavala are free to do so. Others can ride till Panvel and back.

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