City-based biker goes extra mile

Lands in India Book of Records

City-based biker goes extra mile

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 2

Venturing into cities riding on a bike is what he loves to do. His riding expeditions are sometimes short but can also stretch as far as to Ahmedabad, starting here. Kanwalpreet Singh Sethi, a 42-year-old city-based adventure biker, has done it all. Be it biking for long hours or wading through the most difficult roads in the country.

However, earlier this year in February, Sethi went an extra mile as he undertook an arduous journey of 3,300 km to travel to Patna on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the fruits of which he is savouring now, as his name and his journey has been etched in the India Book of Records. It has been registered under the appreciation category.

“I have been biking since last seven years and it has become not just my passion but also therapeutic for me. The journey I undertook between two holy cities of Amritsar and Patna was in February this year. My single day travel was 1,466 km,” said Sethi, who is an insurance sector professional.

He usually rides with the members of his biker club known as ‘The Holy City Riders’ but this time he rode all by himself and the area he had to go about was notorious for criminal activities.

“My friends had advised otherwise as the area I had cross was not considered safe for night rides but I had planned to finish my entire journey riding non-stop,” shares Sethi.

Among some of his achievements, Sethi has scaled some of the most difficult roads like Jalori Pass and Cliffhanger road, considered one of most dangerous roads in India. He has also covered about 1,430 km riding from Amritsar to Ahmedabad — without any stoppages — finishing his journey in 21 hours.

Well, what is his mantra?

“I train lightly before going out on any journey and usually pack the essentials on my bike. Its important to be hydrated all along during the such long trips so as to not suffer any health crisis later on. Also, one needs to build stamina for such lengthy runs which is why you need to have a fitness routine as well, even when you are not riding,” he says.

The biker is upbeat than ever after landing in the India Book of Records and shares that he plans to carry out more such excursions once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. He said that he had planned for the annual ‘Rang De Basanti’ ride, organised by Thumpers Cafe in Chandigarh. “The ride is usually planned for March every year, but due to the virus, we had to cancel it,” he said.