Kaveri Trail Marathon, few runners from my company SAP were planning to run on september 19th. Three (Amol, MJV, Raghav) first timers in this trail, of which two were running half marathon for first time. All part of our internal community for running and cycling “SAP Roadies”. What was seeded at an random coffee discussion, changed to why not cycle and cheer these runners.
Short postings internally finally we were 8 of us. Venkat took care of logistics, Karthik took care of support vehicle arrangement and my bro (Shyam) joined in. 9 of us.
September 17th was little tough for me in the evening. I went to friends place to pick up a cycle for my bro and urgent office issues. Slept by 12:00am September 18th and up by 2:45am. 5:00am finally we left Silk Board junction and cycled non-stop. With no lights it was pretty difficult at stretches where metro construction was happening. We were heading towards Harohalli.
@ Harohalli ask for Jayaram’s mess. Dont miss “upma + sambhar” combination. While we had some off-roading plans, we decided against it considering that there were few roadbikes with us. And in general, few first timers too.
The stretch till Channapatna was amazing. Nice greenery, cool breeze, sun not being harsh on us, fields, lakes, real uphill climbs, down slopes. We stopped at very few places for photo shots. Frm Channapatna we took more time to reach Srirangapatnam (almost 7hrs) then what we took to reach Channapatna itself (about 5hrs). The last 60+kms was bad on the main highway. Not again, anymore.
We had one dropout at Maddur. At Mandya my backpack was giving pain on my back and shoulders, gave it to bro who put it on his carrier and then we both raced down to Srirangapatnam the last 20kms.
In almost entire journey I stayed behind with my bro making sure everyone was there and also didnt want to tire myself much.
Finally we reached Balaji Garden Resort. And I remember we spent only few hours there. Rest all @ Young Island Resort.
Final route: Bangalore – Harohalli – Kanakapura – Kavanapura – Huchayanna Doddi (nice big rocks at this place) – Channapatna – Maddur – Mandya – Srirangapatnam.
Total distance: Approximately 100miles +/- 2miles.
For Garmin analysis click here.
For all photos from my camera click here.
1. For touring purpose, no backpack. Have a luggage carrier. (Preparation for TFN)
2. Ride your own cycle, never take from others.
A special mention about Amol who not only cycled 100miles but also ran full marathon at KTM.