Recca Valley Rd, Thrikkakara, Kakkanad
This is an AIR approved Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRM) sanctioned by ACP.
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COCHIN BIKERS CLUBS LRM 1200 Exotic Kerala is a demanding and challenging long-distance bicycle ride, particularly with its 1208 km distance to be covered within 90 hours and the 10120 meters of elevation gain.
The diverse landscapes, from hills to forests, tea gardens to dam catchment areas, and fast highways to rolling terrains, make for an exciting and visually stunning journey. The ultimate destination, the Sangam at Kanya Kumari, where three mighty oceans meet, adds a special significance to this already challenging and awe-inspiring ride. It is a ride that is sure to be both physically and mentally demanding, but also one that promises to be a truly memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience for any cyclist.
The starting point of Exotic Kerala, is the RECCAA Club in Kakkanad, a beautiful resort with 5-star amenities
RECCAA club has a football court-sized lawn for the event flag-off gathering adds a nice touch to the start of Exotic Kerala. The option for riders to book rooms at the club provides convenience and comfort for those who wish to take advantage of it. Information on Booking rooms at RECCAA club is at the end of this Briefing Note.
The event flow for Exotic Kerala is as follows:
February 28 , Tuesday
• 10:00 AM onwards: Arrival of riders and start of BIB distribution
• 12:00 PM: Bike check and drop bag collection
• The RECCAA club restaurant will be open for riders to purchase lunch or short eats
• 2:30 PM: Event briefing
• 3:30 PM: Riders assemble for flag off
• 4:00 PM: Flag off
Enroute arrangements for Exotic Kerala include the following:
• Three drop bag facilities at KM 365 in Nilambur . Kochi Recca Club at 610 km and KM 910 in Kanyakumari will be available for riders to use.
• Participants are allowed to keep one bag at the start venue, which will also serve as the mid-point checkpoint (CP) at the 610 KM mark.
• Drop bags need to be small, with a maximum weight of 4 kg each and clearly tagged with the drop bag location, rider name, AIR number, mobile number, and emergency number.
• Glass bottles are not permitted in the drop bags, and riders are encouraged to keep their clothes in a plastic-sealed bag if they are soiled or wet.
Showers, food, and hydration will be available for riders at the drop bag control points along the route of Exotic Kerala. While mobile network coverage is mostly reliable, it can be spotty in some areas, such as the Ghat section and forest patches of Wynad, so riders should be prepared for potential connectivity issues.
Time management is crucial on the second day of the Exotic Kerala route, as riders will face some tough climbs between KM 232 and KM 360. To make the most of this challenging day, it is recommended that riders plan their climb in the early hours of the day to reach the hill top for a beautiful sunrise. Refreshments and washrooms are available just before the Ghat climb at Adivaram (218 KM), allowing riders to properly fuel and rest before the ascent.
Riders should not underestimate the terrain after reaching Lakkidi, as the stretch to Nadugani is both challenging and scenic. It is important for riders to approach this section with caution, pace themselves appropriately, and be mindful of the challenging terrain to ensure they are able to safely complete the journey.
The Sultan Batheri control point is located at Hotel Wilton, where riders can access washroom facilities and enjoy a snack box
The first interstate border crossing is at Cherambadi, where riders enter Tamil Nadu state. To avoid heavy fines at the checkpoint, it is important for riders to be aware that disposable plastic bottles are not permitted and to carry reusable water bottles instead. This section of the route also features a stretch of forest,. It is important for riders to approach this section with caution and be prepared for a change in terrain and environment.
The stretch from Nadugani to Nilambur is a thrilling downhill that can be both exhilarating and treacherous. There are some parts of the road that may be broken or challenging to navigate on a bicycle, and riders may need to carry their bikes and walk at times. The weather can also be unpredictable in this area, with rain being a possibility at any time, and the fallen leaves of wild trees can add to the hazards of the road.
the next checkpoint at the 372 km mark is Hotel Al Maraj in Munda is a few kilometers after Nilambur town. Drop bag and washroom facilities are available there for use.
the stretch from Nilambur to Palakkad (km 395 to 475) can be at night This stretch can be lonely and dark, well-charged lights are crucial to ensure safe navigation through this area. Make sure to have extra batteries and chargers available, if required
the next checkpoint is in Palakkad and should be reached before midnight. Washroom facilities and refreshments are available there,.
the stretch from Palakkad to Recca Club in Kochi is a well-ridden route, but riders may face headwinds or crosswinds. Breakfast will be served at Recca Club and the second drop bag, as well as wash and change amenities, will be available there.
Note -that you have completed 50% of the ride and should take a moment to rest, meditate, and visualize a smooth completion of the remaining 600 km. This mental preparation can help boost confidence and motivation.
hot weather, heavy traffic, road construction, dust, and unpredictable road widths are the challenges you face in the next 600 km of the bicycle ride.
Using the maximum daylight to reach Adoor before sunset and planning to reach Kanayakumari before sunrise are good strategies for a successful finish .
Kanyakumari Vivekanda Kendra is at 910 Km Mark of the ride . Your third and last drop bag can beaccessed here . shared washroom facilities and shared bed dormitories at Vivekananda Kendra is arranged . The spiritual retreat offers simple amenities, allowing you to take a break from the journey and recharge. If your schedule permits, it is also recommended to take a short ride to the beach to watch the sunrise, as it can be a beautiful and inspiring experience. it is important to always follow the guidelines and rules of the retreat center,
Preparing for the final 300 km of your bicycle ride, taking the highway to Palarivattom Pipeline Junction and finishing at Recca Club Kakanad, requires extra caution and preparation due to road work along the route. This is a challenging part of the journey.
There roads these days which are avoided due to the Road works . Preparing a 1200 km bicycle ride route, including planned rest stops, avoiding forest paths at night, and identifying convenient room spaces at regular intervals, can indeed be a challenging task. For a 1200 Km ride route we cannot avoid these stretch and we request riders understanding on this matter.
Taking utmost care while cycling and following safety guidelines, such as wearing appropriate protective gear, staying visible, and being aware of traffic, is crucial. Remember, "Legends are not born in a day, it sprouts out of fire". So be persistent, focused, and dedicated, and you will reach your destination safely and successfully.
The first day of your bicycle ride on Nh 17 till Calicut is likely to be challenging due to narrow roads and heavy traffic from 20 km to 170 km. On the second day, the climb to Wynad via Thamarassery Ghat road will include a 12 km stretch in the dark, which requires extra caution and attention. Additionally, there are broken patches of roads in the Cherambadi Nadugani section (400 km to 413 km), making it important to be mindful of road conditions. The stretch between Nadugani and Nilambur is characterized by lonely roads, a forest patch with limited water availability, and a steep descent, which can also present challenges. To tackle these challenges, it is advisable to be prepared with adequate supplies, follow safety guidelines, and be aware of the changing road conditions and traffic along the route.
The saying "Legends are born in fire" refers to the idea that legends are made through overcoming challenges and adversity. It implies that individuals who endure difficult circumstances and come out stronger on the other side are deserving of recognition and admiration. This phrase suggests that greatness is not simply given, but earned through perseverance and determination. In essence, legends are forged through the "fire" of hardship and tribulation, and their strength and resilience are what make them truly legendary.
LEGENDS ARE BORN IN FIRE..
LRM 1200 EXOTIC KERALA FEB 28 2023 to MARCH 04 2023
START and FINISH RECCA CLUB KAKKANAD
Proudly Organised by COCHIN BIKERS CLUB
Celebrating 10 Years of Randonneuring.
Riders are advised to use sunscreen to protect themselves from sunburn. Arm sleeves for protection from the sun and stay Hydrated through our the ride..
High Visibility Apparel, Reflective vests, Powerful front and rear lights, Helmet and Safety Gloves are Mandatory Requirements.
Rooms at RECCAA club
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