Wouldn’t it be audacious to pedal your way across countries? Well, that is exactly what Prashant and Vijay did. As part of “The Audacious Project”, Prashant and Vijay cycled their way through seven states and three countries to reach their destination from Mumbai to Bangkok in just 62 days. They covered a vast stretch of 5,883 kilometres and to top it all, they did it on a bicycle. Now you may gasp at thinking how difficult that would have been but these men are now basking in the glory of their brilliant feat.
It all started when newbie cyclists with two years of training Prashant and Vijay decided to challenge themselves and master the route from Bombay to Bangkok. They were accompanied by Prashant’s wife Aanchal—who was in charge of the itinerary and all the logistics—and a cinematographer to shoot and document their long arduous journey. Since they had to face different climatic conditions and extreme situations, both of them prepared themselves with consulting the experts and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet. To Homegrown, a contemporary youth culture website, they said:
Once we consulted our physiotherapists Dr, Nikhil Latey & Dr, Sakshi Bali, and our nutritionist Mihira Khopkar…we realised very early on that a life on the road will require a completely different mindset. We needed to wake up at 3 or 4 am every day, eat correctly to be able to start riding by 4.30 or 5 am, stretch before and after every break we took from riding, maintain our prescribed diet at lunch and dinner, ensure that our morning weight matched our evening weight by keeping a tight control on hydration, count the amount of proteins and carbohydrates we were eating, check in and out of highway hotels every single day, also pack and unpack everyday and finally try and get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night (although 5-6 hours was the best we managed). All this was a complete flip from our regular city lives but there was no way around it.”
The incredible journey started from The Gateway of India in Mumbai on February 20 and ended at Wat Arun in Bangkok on April 22, 2017. According to Prashant, the whole idea behind ‘The Audacious Project’ is “to create personal challenges that genuinely push our limits and take us far out of our comfort zone…both physically and mentally!”
Such herculean tasks require a lot of patience, discipline and strong will. It is commendable to see young people doing new and different things to inspire people to take challenges.