The newly registered Cycling Goa, which consists of avid cyclists, organised its first two-day off-road cycling excursion to Ganeshgudi, near Dandeli, in Karnataka, with an aim to promote mountain riding as a sport in the Western Ghats.
The major objective of this excursion was to explore new jungle trails and map the same for mountain riders looking for newer routes.
Thirteen members started on March 23 from Castlerock, near Anmod, and cycled into Ganeshgudi, which is situated on the banks of River Kali, covering a bumpy ride of around 30 kilometres on their well-oiled MTBs (mountain bicycles).
The highlight of the event was the white-water rafting on River Kali. The 13 members of the group were divided into two groups for the trip covering a distance of nine kilometres bumping over a total of nine rapids ~ big and small.
On the second day, the riders set out for an off-road jungle trail. Rainer Dias led the cyclists on this very new trail which lasted about two hours.
The best part of the trip, Rainer said, was getting lost in the woods, losing the trail they had taken only to rediscover it after half-an-hour and finally making it back to the point from where the cyclists had begun.
President of Cycling Goa Bryan Soares said, “The jungle trail at 22 km per hour on a bumpy stretch was an experience of a lifetime. It was totally different from road cycling.”
Ajay Dongre, an Executive Committee member, said the Western Ghats (including the Goa stretch) offer a great terrain for off-road cycling on MTBs. “What Cycling Goa intends to do is explore new trails and map these for off-road enthusiasts,” he informed.
Dongre informed that Cycling Goa was registered just two months back and it expects to have at least 50 members on board soon. “Though we are registered now, our activities have been going on for the last two years,” he mentioned. [H]