STAGE ONE : The BreakAway
10TH DECEMBER 2017
Bangalore – Mysore
168KM | 1229 M+ | 1395M-
Dec 10 – It’s a Sunday! and that means you need not fight for road space with the daily commuter to get out of Bengaluru <sigh!>
Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at the tour hotel, some pleasantries on the stage, lot of pictures with family and friends.. and then off we go.. we make a brisk exit from Bengaluru city while it is busy catching a nap and pedal onto NICE expressway (they open it to cyclists only for TFN ). Don’t worry about the climbs today, we shall have them later
We will cover 167 km of rolling terrain losing some 500m of altitude over the first 100 km. Ride through quiet roads flanked by endless paddy and ragi fields fed by the canals from river Kaveri. Stop by at the towns to sip in some hot tea or a comforting tender coconut. Keep an eye for those push carts serving steaming hot idli and flavoured rice in the mornings. As the sun catches up , get ready for the optional Time trial section near Halguru – it’s you vs the clock .
Well, you will be hungry by now from all that hard work.. stop at a support station to grab some sukeli (dried bananas) or top up your hydration and then pedal up till Malavalli for some hot lunch prepared by the tour kitchen. Get some rest, stretch some muscles and ride on.. (…yeah yeah we know we missed something. Tip for the hard core meat eater : save some room for some amazing mutton fry, mutton chops from Bannuru – we heard some of those bad boys at bollywood get their mutton fix from here!). By now you would notice the fields getting greener as we ride towards the banks of Kaveri, and before you know you would be entering Mysuru. Follow the ring road and ride through historical Bannimatapa to reach our tour hotel at Rio Meridian, Mysuru.
STAGE THREE : Unniappams on the roll
12TH DECEMBER 2017
Kushalnagar – Sultan Bathery
143KM | 2059M+ | 2006M-
Day 3 – Unniappams on the roll
From coffee county we will start riding to the God’s own country. It isn’t an easy ride to Sultan Bathery. The 150+ km route is full of rolling terrain..errr.. Should we say rolling hills?
Starting from Kushalnagar we ride past the Dubare Elephant training camp and onto Gonikoppal. If we are lucky we could see a tamed tusker from the training camp. This part of the route is a hilly terrain with coffee plantations on the slopes and paddy fields on the plains lit up by the weak sunlight penetrating the morning fog. It might get a bit difficult to get a pedaling rhythm on this undulating terrain.
Past Kutta we enter the state of Kerala via the Tholpetty forest – A part of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. Ride through the dense teak forests looking for spotted deers and giant malabar squirrels .
At about 100km mark if you spot several bikes parked in the middle of the jungle, take the cue and pull over to the famous Kuttetan’s Unniappam stall – a small shack serving piping hot uniappams and black tea in the middle of nowhere. (For the unaware : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unni_appam)
From Kattikulam, we meander along the course of river Kabini to Panamaram and then start a rolling climb of about 23km towards Sultan Bathery.
We will stay at Hotel Great Jubilee in Sultan Bathery.
For the number crunchers : We would cycle 156 km climbing 2059m and descending 2006m. The entire route is full of rolling hills with around 5 Cat 5 climbs and 1 cat 4 climb.
STAGE SIX : The Misty Meadows
15TH DECEMBER 2017
Ooty – Conoor – Majoor – Ooty
113KM | 2525M+ | 2520M-
After resting and exploring Ooty, it is time go exploring further into the Nilgiris on Day 6.
Start pedalling down on the Kotagiri road enjoying the early morning mist on the tea estates. Stop by at the vast valleys to catch the early morning sun warming up the never ending green sprawl. Turn right at Kattabettu and descend towards Bandisolai on the narrow roads with absolutely no traffic.Bird lovers, you are in for a treat.Keep those eyes and ears open for skylarks, thrushes, parakeets and many more feathered friends.
Pass through Brooklands, Bedford, Wellington.. errr. No we didn’t teleport you to Britain. These names remenants of Coonoor’s colonial past from John Sullivan’s time.At about 35km start your first ascent of the day for about 10km towards Hulikal. A rolling terrain then takes us through Selas, Kunnakombai and down to Kundah dam. Don’t forget to stop by at the Chamraj tea factory outlet for some hot tea. Your body will thank you. And then Take a moment to soak in the splendid vistas as you around Kundah dam.
And now.. we saddle up and start climbing. Ascending through Yedakad, Emerald bazzar and Fern hill we climb around 1300+ meters over 40 odd kilometre to reach back Ooty. A tough climb, but hey you did slay Kalhatti 2 days ago. Chug on champ!
This day is guaranteed to be take your breath away.. either the breathtaking views or the climbs that leave you breathless.
STAGE SEVEN : ……………
16TH DECEMBER 2017
Ooty- Kodanad – Ooty
93KM | 2104M+ | 2098M-
STAGE Eight: Touch Down
17th DECEMBER 2017
Ooty – Gudalur – Mysore
171KM | 1295M+ | 3003M-
STAGE Nine: Cool Off Party
17th DECEMBER 2017