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Inspirational Stories Of Common People

It takes courage, determination, firm belief & pain to inspire people. In this section, we would be publishing inspirational & motivational stories from around the world. As Confucius “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Welcome to the motivational and inspirational blog.

Ever since I started this blog, a lot of people have inspired me. My inspiration does not come from celebrities & known personalities but motivation comes from the normal people who fight every day to get their family a one time meal. These people come from the crowd, a very few know them. However, their courage inspires a lot of people to stop and think about their life.

Keep checking this section for the latest inspirational & motivational stories from around the world. Keep Inspiring and do let me know if you know someone who inspires you. I will try to cover them up in this section.

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OM Banna Temple

We all know about this premier destination site, Rajasthan. There are a lot of surprises awaiting you. One such is OM Banna Temple, the sacred pilgrimage site near Chotila village, in Pali district. If anyone passes through the Jodhpur-Pali highway they make sure to visit the temple for a safer journey. For your information, the location is 20km away from Pali whereas 53 km from Jodhpur. Strangely enough, it has an unusual deity of a motorbike. However, the secret local story about OM Banna Mandir many won’t believe. I am embedding a YouTube video from my YouTube channel. This video is from my tour of Rajasthan and has coverage of the entire temple. Also, I would show you OM Banna images & photos. Also, the famous OM Banna motorcycle.

Story behind the temple

OM Banna motorcycle

You must be curious to know the story behind it. The story is all about a Rajput person named OM Singh Rajput. Dated back in 1991, he was returning to his home Chotila. He was riding his bullet motorbike when he met with an accident. He hit a tree and died on the spot where OM Banna Mandir is situated now. Police intervened at the accident site.

To clear the accident site, on the Jodhpur-Pali highway. From below the tree, police shifted the bike to the police station. But to great astonishment, the bike went back to the same location where OM bana died. This incident happened repeatedly. The bike drove to the same tree by itself. Locals became aware of the incident and decided to build a bus stand near the tree. But, in course of time it emerged as an OM Banna Temple.

Relevance of the temple for locals

Om Banna photo along with his motorcycle

The place began to be considered sacred. It brought a source of income for the localities. Shops selling flowers and worship items sprouted. Travelers and localities gather in numbers to offer their prayer. Whoever trespass the Jodhpur-Pali highway stops to pay homage to bike baba. The majority of truck drivers stop for drinking water. But, mandatorily visit the temple dedicated to OM Banna motorcycle. People strongly believe that blessings from bike baba will make their journey safer.

The motor-bike God of Rajasthan has lots of followers. Local people as well as travelers, flock to the temple to pray. Flowers and even alcohol offerings are made to the 350cc bullet motor-bike in form of offering. It is believed if prayed with sanctity and devotion, the bullet baba will bestow is a blessing. So if you are traveling via Jodhpur-Pali highway never skip a visit to OM Banna Mandir.

Om Banna temple location & time to visit

Does the story of OM Singh Rathore’s bullet motorbike interest you? The bizarre temple can be your next destination to visit. The opportunity to mingle with Rajasthani localities lies at your disposal. You can learn about the Rajasthani culture and cherish it. The best season to visit is September to the end of March. Better avoid the sandy hot weather of summer. The temple is quite simplistic. The Om Banna images depict so.

About the temple

Motorcycle of Om Banna inside the temple

If you are a passionate explorer, and curious to know more about the hidden treasures of Incredible India this temple is a serene place you can choose. Rajasthan is a place also popularly known as the land of kings. There is an ample number of castles, forts, and monuments. But OM Banna temple would be worth visiting.

So if you have plans to visit Rajasthan. Especially eager to visit the temples of Jodhpur and Pali. Make sure to visit this shrine dedicated to OM Singh Rathore. Spending some quality time with family is possible. Come and enjoy the tranquillity of the shrine. Unlike any other temple in OM Banna mandir, the deity is strange. A motorbike gets worshipped with full dignity.

The temple doesn’t constitute any carving or artifacts. It is simple, and modern compared to other temples of the state. Devotees flock to the site with incense sticks and flowers to offer. Utmost devotion and commitment towards bullet baba are seen and guaranteed you would enjoy the peace that prevails in the OM Banna mandir.

The experience

Remember to visit the shrine in the season suggested if you want a comfortable experience. Summers are hot, and it won’t be pleasurable. It would be advisable to mingle with localities to know more history of the place. In the course of the discussion, you may come to know about other destinies of interest similar to OM Banna temple.

The shrine has improved the socio-economic status of the place. Sources of livelihood have developed. Shops have emerged where local people have started earning by selling items of worshiping bike baba. An increase in attending visitors would help them earning handsomely. Courtesy blessing of bike baba, localities can fulfill their wishes. Therefore, the OM Banna motorbike has created a fortune for the localities.

Tour of Rajasthan – Vlog – Ft Om Baana

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Summing Up

The lack of knowledge and popularity of the places worth visiting remains obscure. In India, numerous destiny of interest has remained untouched. If you consider Rajasthan, target tourist destinations are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Dilwara, etc. but, temples bearing rare storyline behind remain unobserved. One such place of worship is OM Banna temple.

Only local people can share stories behind such bizarre temples. Visitors might find them absurd. But belief is a belief no one can challenge. But it remains a mystery how the motorbike returned to its place where the accident occurred. Psychologically locals have believed there must be some divine power that simultaneously grew into a temple. Hence next time you visit Rajasthan, including OM Banna mandir in your visit list. Undoubtedly you will find the shrine fascinating. 

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MTB Himalaya 2019 – Trilok Kumar Provelo’s adventure escapade

Trilok Kumar Provelo, this is not the first time this name has popped up on my blog. Some of you who have been with me from the start must have heard about him. I wrote an article earlier about him when he cycled continuously for 24 hours. This time he almost slew MTB Himalaya 2019. There has been a recent surge in the number of MTB riders in India. Now, Trilok Provelo is a well-known name in road cycling. Most noteworthy is that he is also a founding member of Jaipur’s now biggest athletic community who loves clicking their pictures when working out. Himalayan mountain biking is the toughest bike race in the country. The fact that in the year 2011 104 MTB riders started the race but only 42 could finish makes me believe this.

Take a moment and look at our cycloshot tribe group in Jaipur. In case you want to join us please do, connect with any of the admins mentioned on cycloshot tribe page. Better yet connect with me. Wink wink!

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What is MTB Himalaya?

MTB Himalaya is an annual mountain biking race organised by HASTPA. HASTPA is Himalayan Adventure sports & tourism promotion Association. jointly by Hero Cycles and Himachal Tourism. This race was started way back in the year 2005 and is being held every year since then. Officially this race is for 8 days, which consist of 6 race days, one day rest and one flag off day and a small ride. Let’s take a look at the stages one by one in which Trilok Provelo participated and became the first rider from Rajasthan to finish it.

Stage-1 Balkhus Epiphany Day-1

MTB Himalaya Stage-1

With difficulty level moderate this Himalayan mountain biking stage 1 needs MTB riders to cover a distance of 64.5 km. Elevation gain is moderate, consider it a warm-up ride for MTB riders. The race starts from Dak Bagla and ends at Gada Kuffer. Elevation jumps to 2480 meters and minimum goes till 1650 meter. This stage has two pitstops or feed stations.

Stage-2 Sutlej Symphony Day-2

MTB Himalaya Stage-2

The second stage is a bit more on the tougher side. This day is scheduled from Gadakufar and ends at Kungash. Maximum altitude being 2502 meters and the lowest being 876 meters. The second day will test your skills. The distance covered is 87.1 km. Himalayan mountain biking is tough and this race makes you believe it. This stage has three pitstops.

Stage-3 Daruk Vana Day-3

MTB Himalaya Stage-3

This is again one of the toughest section of the race. Furthermore, with over 2810 meters elevation and minimum elevation being 1505 meter, you need to cover a distance of 72.5 km. The flag off is from Kungash and ends at Gada Gushani. This stage has three pitstops. This stage is also called as the queen’s stage.

Day-4 is the rest day.

Stage-4 Divine Lap Day-5

MTB Himalaya Stage-4

The stage-4 of MTB Himalaya gives you a little relief. Difficulty levels of this stage are less than the last two stages. The maximum elevation is around 3000 meters and the minimum is 969 meters. The flag off is from Gada Gushani and ends at Pandoh, covering a distance of 72.2 km. This stage has three pitstops.

Stage-5 Stairway to Heaven Day-6

MTB Himalaya Stage-5

Similar to stage-1 the difficulty level is a bit less. This race starts from Pandoh and ends at Barot. Distance covered is 89.2 km. The highest elevation being 2078 meters and the lowest being 840 meters. This stage again has 3 pit stops.

Stage-6 Into the wild Day-7

MTB Himalaya Stage-6

This is the last day of the race and most noteworthy the last stage. The flag off is from Barot and the race ends at Bir. The distance covered is around 58.2 km with a max elevation of 2700 meter and a minimum of 1370 meter. This stage again has three pitstops.

Unfortunately, while writing this article I found my self on the MTB Himalayan website. The website has a little old and outdated information as far as the stages are concerned. The latest MTB Himalaya only had 6 stages as compared to a website which shows 8 stages.

Nevertheless, Trilok Kumar Provelo has once again proved to an outstanding contender for this event. He became the first cyclist from Rajasthan to finish this tiresome and brutal race. Along with Trilok Kumar Provelo, MTB Himalaya became 3rd MTB event in the world to complete 15 editions. I wish them all the best and hats off to HASPTA, Himanchal tourism and Hero cycles for keeping this intact and making it happen every year. Check out a few more pictures by Trilok below.

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How to train & complete 300 Km Brevet

I literally can’t sleep right now. My 300 Km Brevet is tomorrow, and I started writing this article a night before my ride. I do not know if this happens with everyone, but before any cycling event sleep tends to vanish. I recently did 200 Km Brevet. In my last article, I wrote about the tips and tricks to complete a 200 km Brevet ride. Let me take you through my journey of completing a 300 Km Brevet ride. Now, these rides are tough, however with a little practice and planning these rides can be a cakewalk. 300 km cycling is the second ladder to being a super randonneur.

Preparing for 300 Km Brevet

Once you do a 200 Km Brevet your mind and body automatically adjust and get acquainted with another 100 plus Km for your next brevet. 300 km cycling is tough, but not too tough if you prepare yourself.

I do short rides of 40 to 50 km every alternate day and on the weekend I do around 100 km. This keeps my body and mind prepared for this upcoming 300 km cycling event. So you were to ask me how did I prepare and what schedule I followed? I was doing short rides during the week and longer rides of 100 Km and more on weekends. 

Make sure you are training pretty good for the 300 km. Do a long ride for around 100–150 km and see how you feel. I already did 200 km so this part was covered for me.

Things to pack for 300 Km Brevet

Now considering the fact the I am doing brevets in the winter season, there are few things that you might need to consider having before you start the ride.

Even though in my last article I elaborated on how you can prepare and what to carry on brevet rides, let me tell you in a nutshell what do you actually need to carry.

  1. Front and rear lights (required by ACP)
  2. A good quality helmet
  3. Backup front and rear lights
  4. Reflective vest (required by ACP)
  5. Spare tire tubes
  6. Spare Chain
  7. A portable pump which can be attached to your bike’s frame
  8. Extra batteries for any electronic device you depend on (phone, GPS, etc.)
  9. Energy bars in case I get hungry during the ride
  10. Electrol powder/Glucon D
  11. Two water bottles
  12. ID cards and some cash (That too in change)

**Require by ACP: Mandatory things need to be carried as advised by Audax Club Parisien

In addition to these items, you need to carry anything else peculiar to your needs. Most randonneurs will carry sun-screen, and many will carry Tums, for the stomach problems that are common on long, hot rides, as well as a chamois cream, Ibuprofen, and anything else that makes long days in the saddle more comfortable.

We had a discussion today on our Brevet group about carrying eye drops for dryness. Carry it if your eyes get dry on the ride. Or else go for a cycling shade that covers your eyes completely.

The Ride Day

I got up at 4:30 AM. The flag-off was at 6:00 AM, and you at least need to reach 30 minutes before to get your brevet card and attend the briefing by ride marshall. These things are important especially if you are not doing brevet from your local club and traveling to another city to do brevets. Without clear route instruction, you will be lost.

We started at 6 AM in the morning and headed to Jaipur Sikar highway. Your body does not get too tired and the cool breeze surely helps a lot. After riding for almost about two hours, we hit our first control point.

First Control Point of 300 Km Brevet

The first control point was on Jaipur Sikar road. We rode with little effort but swiftly. Our marshal vehicle was already at the control points. We had breakfast and then headed our way to the Sikar Bikaner highway.

I would suggest not taking long breaks at control points. Try to limit your breaks, as your body cools down, the lethargy kicks in. Keep your halts short and start your ride to the next control point. 

Second Control Point of 300 Km Brevet

By the time we reach our second control point it was almost noon. As usual, our marshal vehicle was there. Tiredness does not kick in till the time you cross 200+ KM in a 300 km brevet.  After doing a couple of brevets I think the distance has got nothing to do with you getting tired. It is just your mind that gets tired.

The last leg of the ride is the one that is most tiring. Till the time you keep your brain keeps functioning, and it tells you that your body is not tired, your body basically does not get tired.

Third & Final Control Point for 300 km brevet

So, at exactly 150 km turn point we had our third and final control point. It took almost 8 hours to reach halfway through. Riding till the turning point is easy compared to returning back to the finish point. This I realized after having 3 flats and a busted tire. A puncture kit, spare tubes, and a spare tire, this is what I recommend that you should carry. Other riders might or might not help, like in my case, I got plenty of help from the fellow riders.

Heading back to the starting point

Heading back from the final control points in endurance rides are tough. The reason why I say it’s tough is that the body tries to take control of your mind and force you to make multiple stops.

You can make stops, however, keep a check on the clock. A firm determination and making up your mind for the last leg of the ride is essential. Ever thought while working out when your body does not listen to you when you get tired, it’s the mind which gets your body back on track. If you believe that this is something you should achieve, your body will have no choice but to align itself with your mind.

This is exactly what I did. We finished our brevet at around 10 PM, with few hours still remaining. As soon as you reach your finish point, the body rejuvenates and you no longer feel tired. I guess it’s all in the mind. So this was all about the 300 km brevet or 300 km cycling which I completed successfully. Thank you for reading, if you have any questions please drop in a comment below. I would love to answer any questions you might have. 

200 Km Brevet – Preparation & Completion

I just completed my 200 km brevet ride last Sunday i.e. 4th November 2018. In this article, I would take you through my journey of preparing and completing my 200 km brevet ride. First, let’s get familiar with few terminologies which will come in handy in understanding the concept of brevets. This article is an extension of my previous article about long-distance cycling. Let me also shed light on Audax India, the body that organizes these rides. I would also mention how to recover from a 200 km brevet ride. A 200 km cycle ride is easy if you prepare for it and layout a strategy for yourself. We will also look at the 200 km brevet time limit set by Audax.

Note: Daily running can boost your stamina for long-distance cycling.

Few Important Terms

What is Audax India? Audax India is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit. Audax is not a competitive sport. So all that matters is to complete the distance in a set amount of time.

What are BRM/Brevets? BRM stands for “Brevet des Randonneurs Mondiaux” which is obviously French.

If you translate this in google translator it means “Patent of the world hikers“. In simple terms within Audax India, there are cycling events called BRM. Randonneuring is long-distance Endurance Cycling with rides of 200, 300, 400, 600, and 1000 km called Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs).

What is Randonneuring? Randonneuring (also known as Audax in the UK, Australia, and Brazil) is a long-distance cycling sport with its origins in audax cycling. In randonneuring, riders attempt courses of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined “controls” (checkpoints) every few tens of kilometers.

Who becomes Super Randonneur? This title is earned by any rider who completes a series of brevets ( 200, 300, 400, and 600 KM) in the same year. A medal is also available for those holding this title. Riders should provide supporting documentation to their brevet organizer, as well as payment.

Check out my Instagram post below.

The medals looks like these

How did I prepare for 200 Km Brevet?

Nobody just gets off their couch to do a 200 km cycle ride. You need to train to ride long distances, train for power, and train your core. Post the ride you need to recover from a 200 km brevet ride as well. This needs preparation.

Assuming you can ride a maximum distance of 100 kilometers, preparing for your first 200 km cycle ride should take at least 4-8 weeks.

Brevet is not all about cycling and fitness. It requires riders to be mentally strong. An average rider can complete 200 Km Brevet easily. You do not require a great deal of fitness level for a 200 km cycle ride.

All the ride demand is for you to be mentally tough. Although I cycle regularly and once you start cycling regularly brevet becomes easy. However, doing a 20 to 30 KM haul and attempting 200 Km Brevet is another.

I started with a few 50 km rides and slowly and gradually build my stamina for a couple of 100 km rides. This boosted my confidence and I knew that I was ready to do this brevet.

People will tell you to follow strict regimes and diet plan, however this, not a mammoth task as you might imagine. Again stressing that an average fitness person can do this very easily.

Preparing for 200 Km Brevet – 4 tips

Prepare Slowly

An average fitness enthusiast can easily do this challenge. However, you can’t just jump from the bed one fine day and do a 200 km cycle ride if you are a beginner. Give yourself time, I prepared myself for one complete month before taking up this brevet challenge. For beginners, I would suggest getting into a long-haul cycling routine at least two months before the brevet. This would help your body to cope up with the physical stress.

Plan a Strategy

Usually, the authorized representative from Audax India in your city will have the planning done before even Audax opens the registration. For e.g. I knew the route already before I registered. We were supposed to go to Kishangarh and then head back to Jaipur.

A route that was effectively planned by the Audax marshals. They planned it through “ridewithgps“. The route was well planned and had a clear explanation and marking of control points throughout the route.

Check the route here

Now, if you are a regular cyclist and if you are doing 200 Km Brevet with a group, you might have to keep a check on your speed. I was averaging 30 km/hour before I had few flats. Assume an average speed of 22 km/hour (14mph) for a group of riders, and calculate the total time of riding the planned route. 

Plan a rest stop approximately for every 1.5 hours of riding, with minimum of 10 minutes of rest time per stop. Add one big rest stop of 20 minutes for lunch and stretching in the middle of the ride. Add up the total time of riding the route, rests, and lunch.

Then add 1 hour of spare time for mechanical, longer rests, and unforeseen problems. The total time is the most probable time of completing your long ride.

Prepare your mind

I realized that more than physical preparation, you need to prepare yourself mentally for this gruesome challenge. 200 km brevet time limit is 13:30 hours. You need to finish the ride in the time allotted to you. In my 200 km brevet, my body was in auto mode pedaling continuously. The challenge was to fight the boredom. An idle mind can be a deterrent to your success since it’s very easy to start thinking about how much more you have to ride, how tired you are, how boring this stretch of road is.

To keep my mind occupied I did below mentioned things (Few of them are hilarious)

  • Keep talking to other participants in the brevets.
  • Analyze the road quality and look for optimal safe lines for your wheels. (White lines on the highways)
  • Be extra cautious and pay attention to the traffic, this isn’t Europe where cyclists are given a priority on roads.
  • Look at the little details like trees, bushes, insects. This is especially helpful on a long route. Think of something which fascinates you. (if you know what I mean :))
  • Think and visualize your next stop point and keep at least a distance of 50 km between stops.
  • Listen to music but at low volume and with one earbud only. (This is quite unsafe, so avoid it if possible)

Prepare for unwanted stops and mechanical failures

Even though the 200 km brevet time limit is 13:30 hours but still there are bottlenecks that can prevent you from timely completion of the ride. This is by far the most important part when it comes to ultra-cycling. You need to have your bike in top condition. You need to set up your bike, clothing, tools, food, spares, etc. Let’s talk about these things one by one. Road bikes are quite unpredictable when it comes to flat tires and mechanical failures when you ride on Indian roads.

About your bike and other essentials

Now when we have done preparing our mind and stops on our route the next thing which comes is the selection of your bike and what to carry on the ride.

Bike Selection

200 km brevet or for that matter any brevet can be done on any type of human powered bike. It can be a Road bike (Which is easiest), it can be a Hybrid bike (A little tough) and a mountain terrain bike. (Toughest)

It all depends on the fitness state of the participants and the rider’s mental strength. I did this on a road bike equipped with hybrid bike tires. (Polygon Stratos S2) It’s ideal to train on the same bike that you’ll be riding on the long ride. Your body will adjust to the bike, and you’ll have time to adjust everything to work as well as it should.

Bike Fit

Your bike should be well fitted, and you shouldn’t have any pain during riding. Just make sure that whichever bike you ride, at the time of purchase make sure that the bike shop does a proper bike fit for you. If you don’t like to fiddle with the bike, every decent bike shop will be able to do a good bike fit for you.

Service the bike

I talked with a lot of riders, a day before the ride started. Most of them got their bike services a week before the ride. That way they can take care of any adjustments that they might identify during the test rides. 

Check that the wheels are ok, tires and tubes are in good condition (or replace them), check and service or replace cables and brake pads if the worn, chain is in good condition, etc. Most of the rides say a big “NO” for getting the bike serviced a day or two before the ride. Not recommended!

Clothes

Ride in the same bib shorts and cycling jersey that you trained in, even if old, you are comfortable in them. Plan to carry a base layer and a foldable rain jacket in one of your pockets, so that you can layer if you get hit by cold or rain. Carry an extra pair of socks in a zip lock bag – after a rain, put on dry socks, then the plastic bag over the dry socks and the wet socks over the bag.

This way your feet will be dry and you’ll be able to continue riding. Helmet and cycling eyewear goes without saying, no need to describe them. Most important, please wear a reflector jacket or a reflector belt, always remember safety comes first.

Food and liquids 

You need to keep yourself hydrated. Carry two water bottles and a spare one in your backpack if you can keep one. I carried two water bottles. Plan to have a small sandwich/fruit every hour. You should carry enough stuff for the first 4 hours, then you can replenish at control points along the way. In the 200 km brevet, we control point at 50 km, and then at 100 km, we got plenty of hydration support and refreshments. Remember that you need to recover from a 200 km brevet the next day as well. Being hydrated helps a lot.

Audax India marshals are helpful at control points only as this is a self-supported ride.

Spares and tools

Carry two tubes and a portable pump. A portable toolkit with a chain breaker is a must. Learn how to break and connect a chain with your chain breaker ahead, practice on any old and discarded chain.

Have a front (white) and rear (red) light on your bike, with fresh batteries. Also, you need to have your rider number properly displayed at the front and back. I had two flats while coming back from the 100 km control point. Luckily the riders on the way had pumps to fill the air and puncture kit.

My biggest mistake was not to take these essentials things. In my next BRM of 300 KM, I carried all these essentials things.

Other Important Stuff

Money and ID, several strips of adhesive bandages, 4-6 pain pills (ibuprofen or similar), glucose tablets. ORS and electoral packet are essentials too. Magnesium powder packets are good for preventing the onset of cramps.

I carried my cell phone to record my ride on STRAVA. I will also recommend keeping a battery bank to charge your cell phone in case it runs out of juice. My GoPro was my companion along with other riders, which I charged with the battery bank that I carried.

What is the 200 km brevet time limit?

200 km brevet time limit as per Audax is 13 hours and 30 minutes in total. So you need to make sure that you complete the 200 Km cycle ride within this stipulated time frame else you would stand as DNF. DNF is an acronym for did not finish is event terminology. I complete it in approximately 11 hours coz I had a few flats on the way back.

How to recover from a 200 km brevet?

Recovering from a 200 km brevet is easy. Although it does not strain like the other brevets like 300 KM, 400 KM, or 600 KM and above, it surely gives some soreness & pain in your legs. If you are not used to long-distance cycling then it could be a problem and create un-easiness the next day. I would advise you to ignore the pain and for a short ride of 30 to 40 KM. I did the same and post my ride I was feeling wonderful. The logic is the same when you go to a gym and do heavy exercises after warm-up, your body needs to warm down as well. This is why we have warm down exercises in place. Similarly, you need to recover from a 200 km brevet as well.

Summing Up

So that was everything about the 200 km cycle ride that I attempted and completed. Always remember brevets or for that matter, any long-distance cycling is not about how amazingly fit you are but about how strong is your will to complete the ride.

If you have any questions related to the 200 km brevet time, recover from a 200 km brevet or Audax India, please leave them in the comments. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

24 Hours Cycling Record By Trilok – Clocked 609 km

Meet Trilok Kumar Swami from Jaipur, AKA Provelo born 11th November 1993. A name that is well known in the Jaipur cycling domain. In a recent attempt to cycle continue for 24 hours, he did emboss his name in the Indian cycling arena too. While attempting this feat Trilok Provelo covered a distance of 609 km in 24 hours on a geared cycle. A lot of cyclists have done the 24 hours cycling record, however, there were none from Jaipur till the time Trilok swami pitched in.

How did it begin?

Trilok Provelo in MTB Himalaya

His interest in cycling started when he was strolling through the city of Ajmer on the new year’s eve of 2013 with his family.

He saw the army rider group and was mesmerized with the aura radiated by that rider group.

It took him well thought six months to make up his mind and buy his first bike. He has been a professional rider since early 2014.

Cycling records till now

Clocked over 600 km in 24 hours

Provelo has participated in over 40 national cycling events bagging 20 podium finishes. He furthermore, holds three records that got a place in India book of records.

  1. Golden Triangle cycling record (Fastest on a geared cycle)
  2. Fastest 100 km cycling record clocked under 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  3. 24 Hours cycling record which he attempted recently.

Knowing Him Better

Trilok is a young & vibrant chap with his role model as one of the fittest actors in Bollywood i.e. Akshay Kumar.

He follows his role model to the core and pumps up discipline as a key component in his daily schedule. Although, he currently lacks funds and apt coaching which are required to make his mark on the international circuit.

Even though his family is not very keen on him taking up cycling as a full-time career, he still manages to keep that spark of cycling going in him.

In case you want to help or contribute towards his coaching and fund him for events please get in touch with him. Click Here

Training Schedule for 24 hours cycling

As a professional road biker, he trains every day. He trains for over 500 km in a week. The training schedule is a mix of speed drills, incline training, and power training.

In the city’s cycling circuit he is the most knowledgeable rider. So in case you want to pick up cycling or want some advice or suggestions related to cycling, you know the person you need to get in touch with.

So in case you are in Jaipur, do not forget to meet the cycling icon of our city i.e. Trilok from Jaipur. Take a ride with him, if you can catch him.

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Problem With Indian Educational System

I so much wanted to write about the ruthlessly, consequently a mismanaged Indian Educational System. The same education system which has now become a factory. A factory that manufactures robots. I grew up in the same educational system. Studies and mugged up books. Early Childhood Education in India is a mix of things that are not even relevant.

“We all want a job that pays us in six figures every month. Look at the ground reality of our education system that how come it is going to help you in getting a job that could pay you in six figures”

Fundamental Problems With Indian Educational System

I have listed few problems with the Indian educational system that I observed during my educational stint.

The System Promotes Pointless Pursuit in Indian Educational System

Rat Race In India Among Students

I will be honest, all I see is a rat race. Consequently, all I see is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. Almost, everyone is running behind “Marks”. I mean are we serious? Where is the development of analytical skills? This rat race is exhausting, a repetitive lifestyle that leaves no time for relaxation or enjoyment. we need to change this with immediate effect. In addition to the system promoting the rat race, seems like the parents are just up for it.

“They want their kid to become a doctor, a government servant, or an engineer. The only three professions which exist in an Indian parent’s mind. Phew!”

No Personality Development in Indian Educational System

No personality development.

The most noteworthy point here is that the personality development of students does not happen in this system. People are more concerned about academic qualifications rather than personal development.  Success is determined by numbers on a piece of paper and not the natural caliber of a person. Also, the mere point of attending this system is to get marks and nothing else. Students do not pursue their hobbies or passion. They get into a race of marks hence, to earn more money.

“Our system demands good numbers from a child in an exam not to show his personality. Furthermore, a child is not well exposed to the outer world and he or she might not be able to develop a personality”

Analytical Research “Zero”, Only Fact Establishments

Blindly following the literature which was set by someone centuries ago. All we are taught is to mug up those beliefs and act on them. Follow it all our lives. Just imagine, we are born with nothing, in just 5 minutes of our birth, our religion, our caste our creed, & social status is defined. We all die defending it, something which was not even ours. We inherited it from someone else. Damn! Our children are not able to do the critical analysis of anything, for example, our history, culture, and religion. They take the line of establishment or the views of the predominant majority.

“Students are simply not able to look at things from their own perspective. If you want a society should become a lot better than we must develop a culture of looking at things critically”

We are simply failing at this because of our education system. Children must learn to criticize our own culture and other established narratives.

Missing Global Outlook

Our education teaches too much nationalism and it could create a negative mindset in our younger generation. Loving your country is a good thing but just blind love is dangerous. In our schools, children are not able to get a global outlook.

“I myself was not able to feel that I am a cosmopolitan rather I was thought to become jingoistic”

Jai Hind! Jai Hind! I mean yeah I love my country, however, there are other countries too. Let’s have a look at them too.

In-Efficient & Underpaid Teachers

Underpaid and In-Efficient Teachers!

To make things worse, our teachers themselves are not sufficiently trained to teach students. They do not have proper training that how they are going to impart values to children that are going to change the future of the country. If they can teach properly then the government does not have enough salary to pay.

“I still remember when I was in school, there was one physical instructor for 5 different sports. Especially relevant point is that he did not know even a single one of them”

Medium Of Language Of Our Education

We are not able to decide on the medium of the language of our Indian Educational System. So how do they are going to understand what teachers are teaching?

“Moreover, subjects like mathematics, physics, and arts have nothing to do with the medium of communication. Furthermore, over-emphasis on English could be wrong”

Indian Educational System Gives Education Which Is Irrelevant

Look at the current job market. I studied tons of things in school. I hardly use 10% of what I studied. Never wanted to be a scientist, however, I mugged up the periodic table. Marks! Had an interest in design and creativity, which I am pursuing now, after 9 years of wasted corporate life. Indian Educational System actually wasted my time, furthermore, It wasted years of my precious life.

No Innovation & Creation

It has become a common thing that every young student is interested in getting a job that pays them well. However, they would never like to become an entrepreneur. This lack of ambition does not allow our country to excel in any field. This attitude of our children making them slaves to few multinational companies.

Most privileged students in the country are equivalent to an underprivileged student in India. The same syllabus, same methods of teaching. Furthermore, there is no attention given to innovation & creativity. Create new things people, once you do that, you will innovate more creations.

I would say education is important, we spend only a few percent of our GDP on education, so our government should make education its first priority and try to address issues that are mentioned in this blog.

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Summing Up

If the government is able to take note of these 10 problems then we can definitely overhaul our education system. having said that I do not see the solution to it in the near future. Follow your dreams like I am doing of blogging and creating a video on YouTube.