23 September 2012

Tour of Yelagiri

It started out with a hunt for a new 400km route for the IISc brevets. When the route was chalked out as Bangalore-Yelagiri-Bangalore it was too tempting not to ride it. Mustafa, Alex, Nirmal and I decided to give it a try over the weekend. We had planned to start on Friday night, and reach Yelagiri base via the Chennai highway by dawn on Saturday. We hoped to get up to the top before it got too hot, rest all day and start back early on Sunday morning, to reach Bangalore by nightfall.

Yelagiri Road from base to top
The Road leading to Yelagiri

13 September 2012

Calvin's Dad Cycles

I came across this series of Calvin and Hobbes comics, and I just couldn't resist re-blogging it.

Besides his artistic and creative genius, Watterson seems to have a thing for cycling as well which comes across through Calvin's nameless dad.

08 September 2012

Tour of Anchetty

An exploratory ride to Anchetty

Anchetty is a small town in Tamil Nadu, unremarkable in most aspects except that it has become the destination for many moderately tough rides from Bangalore. Anchetty is about 490m above MSL (Bangalore is about 850m but the road to Anchetty and back crosses so many hills that the ride begins to feel like a rollercoaster - going up one minute and down the next. Given this fact, it became an attractive candidate for a 200KM brevet route (IISc to IISc) and we set out to recce a proposed route, part of which was visible in Google maps' satellite imagery, but not marked as a road...

02 September 2012

Northwest Exploratory

Rode towards the northwest last sunday, going past Madhure towards the Doddaballapur - Dobbespet Highway, and returned via Gollahalli and Tharabanahalli. Detailed report later. Some photos in the meantime...