The Dream, The Journey
Holding The BRM200 Banner In Hand!
STARTING A NEW PASSION
My stint at cycling started when I bought my first bike, this was in January 2018.
In the last 20 years I have spent lot of money on gym memberships, gym wear, gym shoes, bags etc. After all this, my highest attendance at a gym had been 4 days. I believe we all are built on our experiences and mine told me that I was the best at spending but bad at implementing a good exercise schedule. With such an experience behind me I had now decided to go for a new sport and that was cycling. I was not sure whether I will pursue this sport forget the idea of it becoming a passion.
You must be aware that the price of a cycle can start from a few thousand and can go up to a few lakh of rupees. Due to my past track record of lack of consistency when it came to exercise, I was a lot hesitant when it came to buying a cycle. Price of a cycle is not cheaper than a Gym membership and therefore I started off buying a starter level bike.
The picture on the right was taken on 27 Jan 2018. In this photo you can see me with my first bike Montra Unplugged 1.1. As mentioned it was a starter level bike which cost me Rs. 26000 + cost of accessories.In life we have clarity on our interests and what we want to achieve. For this we create a road map, we find our motivating factors; take efforts and work hard to achieve success in those areas of interest. With time as your kitty starts filling with achievements you also like to scale up your likings. Changes keep happening and as they say ‘Change is the only constant in life’. My experience tells me that every individual changes every 3 years. New interests also develop due to your friends or the people who surround you in your day to day life.
Cycling – this was one sport which I never thought would become a liking in my life. One reason could be that during my young years there were many other sports which had easier access than this one. We all have been riding cycles in our teen years but that’s it. Not having exposure to cycling as a sport atleast in my teen years could be a reason why I had never thought about it.
The first discussion about starting to cycle had come up in 2011. This was during one of our friend meet ups. But maybe then the priorities were different and most importantly this was not something which was not thought over that seriously.
EXPERIENCE OF A NEWBIE
After buying my first cycle a road bike on 26 January 2018, finally I started cycling. So my first rides were like 5 km and 10 km and it was an OMG moment when I did a 20 km ride. As I write this I am amused at myself, but I believe this may happen to you too. In the very first year I cycled for 600 km and for me that was like a big achievement. Slowly the distance started to increase and so did the frequency of my rides. When you are new to this sport and if you don’t have any friends doing this activity then you don’t get much of exposure. The only option left for you is to learn from youtube and most of it is from your own mistakes. In 2019 I did better than the earlier year by riding for 1868 km. From 600 km in the first year to 1800 plus km in the second was a good growth to me. Exposure & motivation is very important. The change happened when I started recording my cycling activity using a mobile app. Due to this I got to know the performance statistics of my rides and also comparisons with others. This was important otherwise I would have lived in my own world feeling a winner after every 10 and 20 km rides.
CYCLING AT SKYLANE – HAPPY & HEALTHY BIKE LANE, SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT, BANGKOK
Next time you fly to Bangkok, peep out of the airplane window to have a look at the Suvarnabhumi Airport
down below. As the landing approaches you will notice a beautiful road around the airport painted in blue
and purple. Finally I had this puzzle solved when I got to know that this was a cycle track around the airport.
Having seen that track many times from the airplane window and later getting to know about it via YouTube videos had tempted me to visit it once. This dream came true when finally I did ride at the Skylane in
November 2019. I made a video for all cycle enthusiasts to know about it. The video is available on my
youtube channel titled ‘An Indian Cycling at SKYLANE – HAPPY & HEALTHY BIKE LANE –
SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT, BANGKOK’,
If I do not add this photo to the article it will remain incomplete. These friends helped me in achieving the the impossible. You can see them in the photo on the right.
Without their support I would never have been able to call myself a Randonneur.
Thank You Amit, Amita and Umesh…
Last but not the least,
Thank You Pune Randonneurs, a wonderful, helpful team and a well organized event.