On 28th October, 11:37am, Lt. Col. Bharat Pannu from Rohtak, Haryana became the new record holder for the fastest cyclist to cover Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Bharat Pannu is currently posted in the Army Aviation Unit in Bangalore and has ridden most of the long distance races in Indian and abroad. This includes the gruelling Race Across Austria ride (RAA), and winning the Ultra long distance races in India multiple times.
In his Kashmir to Kanyakumari ride, Bharat covered 13 states, 3600km in 8 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes, breaking the earlier record of Vikas Saroha from Delhi for K2K with timing of 10 days 3 hours and 32 minutes.
Last 3 record holders:
- Bharat Pannu, Rohtak – 8 days 9 Hours 48 minutes
- Vikas Saroha, Delhi – 10 days, 3 hours, 32 mins
- Mahendra Mahajan, Nasik – 10 days 10 hours 1 minute
As shared with Cyclop.
Bharat says “The ride was actually not that difficult compared to RAAM – Race Across America, that I had attempted in 2019 but had to discontinue due to an injury. I just wanted to revive my endurance riding days.
We did not face any untoward incident but due to the tense situation in Kashmir we had to plan our route accordingly, staying with the movement of traffic for safety. We faced some really bad patches of the road near Gwalior and challenges due to the cyclonic storms in the Western Ghats and heavy rains in South India.
On the whole, however, the terrain was easy, the food and environment familiar, my parents also met me in Bangalore. My crew supported me throughout, procuring water and ice and just keeping up with me.
Our team had fun, it was amazing! In fact, towards the end, we all felt sad that it was coming to an end. We’re all ready to hop on to the next adventure – to be announced soon!”
Congratulations to Bharat Pannu and team for yet another milestone!
Arham Shaikh – Crew Chief
Jyoti Tripathi – Asst Crew Chief
Aarti Nagrani – Physiotherapist
Sushant Jadhav – Photographer
Abdul Ahad Shaikh