Saturday, August 16, 2014

Para cyclist completes the ardous ride from #Manali to Khardunga La

Para cyclist completes the ardous ride from Manali to Khardunga La
Aditya Mehta, the para cyclist from Hyderabad, who began his most adventurous expedition on August 1, 2014 from Manali, reached the destination Khardunga La on the 67th Independence Day, on Friday. He celebrated the momentous occasion by holding aloft the national flag. In the Amputated Cyclists Category, Aditya may be the first one to complete this ride.

Aditya has had an experience of a lifetime covering this distance of approximately 510 kilometers. He had to endure tough times, including strong gales, freezing temperatures, uninhabitable stay conditions, skidding of his bicycle resulting in a fall etc., all off which didn't deter Aditya or dent his passion of reaching Khardunga La.

After Tanglangla (2nd highest motorable road) the ride to Khardunga La was arduous. The average elevation of Leh-Manali highway is more than 4,000 m (13,000 feet) and its highest elevation is 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at Tanglang La mountain pass. This is probably the  toughest ride I ever had, said Aditya.

Aditya undertook this sturdy ride for the noble cause of raising funds for Aditya Mehta Foundation. The Foundation is aiming to fund three other para athletes to procure proper equipment, so that they are ready to participate in competitions they want to undertake.