Om Mahajan can be turning 18 solely subsequent month, however he has already damaged the document for the quickest bicycle journey throughout India.
Om Mahajan, resident of Nashik in Maharashtra, lined the gap of three,600 km from Srinagar to Kanyakumari on bicycle in eight days, seven hours and 38 minutes, ending on Saturday afternoon.
“I was always into cycling, but it was more about sprinting. I began to dream of endurance cycling and taking part in the Race Across America (RAAM) after lockdown began,” Om mentioned, chatting with PTI minutes after reaching Kanyakumari.
“About six months ago, I began training for the qualifier ride for RAAM which was to happen in November,” he mentioned.
But relatively than going for the usual 600-km qualifier trip, Om set himself a “Race Across India”.
He began from Srinagar on a cold evening final week, and braved heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh and punishing warmth down south earlier than reaching the vacation spot.
The present Guinness Book document for the quickest bicycle trip from Srinagar to Kanyakumari is held by his uncle, Mahendra Mahajan.
However, that document was not too long ago damaged by the Indian Army’s Lt Col Bharat Pannu, who cycled the gap in eight days and 9 hours, although it was but to be entered in Guinness Book.
The youthful Mahajan had set his eyes on Lt Col Pannu’s document.
“Sleep or even rest was a luxury,” he mentioned, including that using within the chilly was the hardest half.
On Saturday, as information of Om’s accomplishment unfold within the bike owner group on social media, Lt Col Pannu was fast to congratulate the 17-year-old.
Om’s father Hitendra and uncle Mahendra had received the RAAM as a staff of two in 2015. They additionally maintain a document for the quickest trip alongside the Golden Quadrilateral.
The pandemic delayed his departure to Kansas, US the place he has enrolled for a graduate course in sports activities administration, Om mentioned. But it additionally gave him time to coach.
An skilled crew of cyclists together with his father and uncle, in addition to RAAM solo finisher Kabir Raichure accompanied him in a car as his “support team”.
“I only cycled the distance. A major part of the credit goes to the crew. This is our collective record,” Om mentioned.
His subsequent problem is RAAM, typically described because the hardest cycle race on the planet. To end it efficiently, Om must trip 4,800 km inside 12 days.
But for now he can benefit from the luxurious of taking within the sundown at Kanyakumari seashore, with out as soon as wanting on the watch.