People might be well aware of the potential effects of cycling on the body. But what about the mind? It’s a question that has puzzled psychologists, neurologists and anyone who has wondered how riding a bike can induce what feels close to a state of meditation.
For me personally, I get lost into a wonderland while I’m cycling listening to my favourite music. The hour or hour and a half of cycling goes by in a fraction of a second. Even Scientists are confirming what most cyclists instinctively know – that riding a bike has extraordinary effects on our brain chemistry.
Ankit Arora, in his article Pedalling for Pleasure, writes something similar. Hailing from Rajasthan, Ankit became Rajasthan’s first “Super Randonneur” after his amazing 600km cycle ride. For all those not aware, Randonneuring is long-distance, unsupported, non-competitive cycling within prescribed time limits. The events, called brevets, are: 200km (13.5 hour time cut-off), 300km (20 hours), 400km (27 hours) and 600km (40 hours).
Grand Randonnées are 1200km and riders must finish in 90 hours or less. His expedition was from India Gate in Delhi to Wagah Border. He was instantly attracted to this event as the route includes some breathtaking landscapes of emerald green fields alongside the serene roads of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.
For Ankit, it was more than that. It was a once in a lifetime experience to travel through different states in India, different cultures and meet different people. An experience that he would not want to miss. When he finished his ride in 37.5 hours at the entrance of Amritsar, he describes the feeling as a sheer joy of fulfilment. Not only this, Ankit has also traversed the highest peak in Rajasthan near Mt Abu- Gurushikhar and a cross country solo expedition through Rajasthan.
Enthusiasts like Ankit are the real trend setters and give the motivation for people to take up any activity and put your heart and soul in it. For Ankit especially, cycling is something that does not exhaust him, but something that calms him.
Beware when you talk with me. I’m sarcastic, critical and all the other heavy words you could think of! Love Food, Travel and Sports. No need to like all of these to become my friend, only one will suffice.