A group of 30 persons from Ahmedabad, consisting of doctors, chartered accountants, engineers, businessmen and housewives, cycled more than 300 km from Udaipur to Guru Shikhar in Mount Abu.

The group consisting of 19 men and 11 women did the trek in four days in the Roads Soldiers cycling expedition cycling held recently.

The expedition was done in the Aravalli range while facing many odds like freezing cold, steep roads and hilly regions.

However, these working professionals found it full of fun as their main purpose was to create health and fit-ness awareness among the public at large. Dr Siddharth Mavani, a nephrologist in Ahmedabad and member of Roads Soldiers group, said, We chose riding from Udaipur to Guru Shikhar – the highest point of the Aravalli Range which rises to an elevation of 1,722 metres.

The group comprised, among others, an eye surgeon, plastic surgeon, four dentists, a nephrologist, an anaesthetic, educationists, businessmen and a CA.

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Commenting on the expedition experience, Dr Manish Raval, an eye surgeon said, Inspire of the age difference of the members in the group and types of cycles we possess we didn’t have any issue in the ride. The members were between the age of 30 and 60 years and the cost of the cycles were ranging from Rs 40,000 to Rs 3 lakh. All these didn’t matter as we were in coordination and in sync.

According to the group members, they ride a minimum of 250 km a week for practice. This has been a routine for most of them since the Covid lockdown started.

They wanted to push their limits, therefore in the four-day expedition the group covered Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jawai where they also explored for leopard safari, Abu Road and finally Guru Shikhar.

They were riding an average 100 km a day in the first half of the day and used to rest for the remaining day to recover. However, the toughest part was riding from Abu road to Guru Shikhar.

According to Mavani, the group took a flight from Ahmedabad to Udaipur on December 17 and the cycles were transported by road to Udaipur. They started the trek with two cars used as escorts for emergencies. The cyclists also had three spare cycles, tyres and tubes and puncture repair kits with them in the cargo. Most of them can repair punctures themselves.

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