The TOA, this is year backed by MONTRA a CRANK partner event is back yet again after a successful first Edition. The TOA 2.0 will be an expedition that spans over 350 KM with an estimated elevation gain of 14000 feet including several classified climbs and passes through some of the most stunning landscapes of Aravalli hills in Rajasthan.
The route crosses through the scenic Rajputana landscape and passes through Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur and the highest peak of the Aravalli Range (Guru Shikhar), Mount Abu
Like the previous edition, the tour is an exclusive, invite only cycling tour and will be taking only 50 selected riders based on a selection and assessment process The tour is a fully supported tour with accommodation in luxury hotels, with meals, technical support, medical aid, on tour support stations and to and fro bike transfer and transportation from Ahmedabad
There are going to be competitive sections each day but the easy riders can relax and ride. Riding and finishing is a reward you shall enjoy in itself
And at the end beautiful cool off party to bond and reminisce and look for another season and of course to crown the winners
CRANK is partnering the event since inception year and we are convinced looking at the commitment that it may become one of the best tours on the Indian tour calendar.
CRANK caught up with a participant of the first edition Mark Handriks from Holland. “I knew it was going to be great time, but this was way beyond expectations. One of the most memorable time I have spent during these 4 days thanks to Vinod and team TOA” he said
We asked Vinod Purohit to tell us about The Cyclone Cycling Club, Ahmedabad, Gujarat that manages the event. “The club is an organisation of like-minded, passionate cycling enthusiasts, who have come together to promote the cause of cycling. Based in Ahmedabad, it is amongst the biggest cyclist communities of India with chapters in various Indian cities and also is the umbrella organisation for Ahmedabad Randonneurs” he told us
We congratulated him for putting the Aravallis on the cycling map of the country
Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur and back to Kumbhalgarh:
(D 120 Kms, E+1563, -1563) One can’t ask for more than beginning a tour at a world heritage site and the world’s second largest fort wall. The day starts with a good decent and crosses some high gradient climbs
Kumbhalgarh to Abu Road (D 170 Kms, E +1239, -1497) –
A long day that is sure to test your endurance. Keep your eyes on the road and also around to experience nature at its best and to spot some of the wild life if you are lucky
Abu Road to Gurushikhar to Mount Abu –
(D 70 Kms E+1671, -763) This is the day for your lungs and heart. Guru Shikhar is the highest peak of Aravalli range and a classified climb. You can aim to be the king or the queen of the climb and get that polka