With the growth of the cycling community across the country, it is becoming more common to see cyclists out on the roads at all times of the day. Weekends are a favourite for long rides - with an increase in the number of cyclists pouring over maps to chart out a 100 kilometre route to ride. There always exists an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when completing a 100km ride on any given day.
We have mapped out a few routes that make a 100km loop in cities across India.
Being a city with varied terrain, Bangalore offers numerous options when it comes to cycling routes. However, to beat the traffic an early start is recommended. With pleasant weather, cycling in this city is sure to be an experience worth every minute.
Flat roads and sea breeze, a combination to make any cyclist cheer. It's no wonder that Chennai has an ever growing cycling community. Being a coastal city, the heat and humidity does start peaking not very long after sunrise. Hence, it is recommended to start riding as early as you can – especially in the warmer months.
- Adyar - Mahabalipuram and back
- Marina - Chengalpet and back
- Tambaram - Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary and back
- East Coast Road - Chembarambakkam Dam and back
The capital city of India has loads to offer – historical monuments, bazaars and experiences galore. What more? Cycling has become hugely popular among the residents of the NCR and there are cycling groups, clubs and events springing up left, right and center. Be it in the hot summers or the chilly winters, Delhi is sure to keep you on your saddle and two wheels!
- Rohini- Okhla bird sanctuary and back
- Shalimar Bagh - Bhardwaj Lake and back
- Majnu Ka Tilla - Aravali Bio Diversity Park and back
Sun, sand and the sea. Known for it's nightlife, and as an ideal vacation retreat Goa sure does hold a surprise. The cycling community here is fast growing and strong. No one ever thought Goa could get any better, well cyclists are in for a treat!
Being situated in the Western Ghats region by the sea, Goa offers a varied terrain to cycle on – both off-road and on it. Gear up and hop on your saddle from one beach to another.
Home of the World's largest cycling club online (the Hyderabad Bicycling Club) – Hyderabad boasts an ever-growing, strong cycling community. With varied terrain – hilly and flat regions, this city is sure to keep you glued to your saddle.
- Birla Mandir - Bhongir Fort/ Bhuvanagiri and back
- Gachibowli - Manjeera Reservoir and back
- Charminar - Srisailam road (u-turn @ kadthal) and back
God's own country, Kerala – home to Kochi. Kerala is synonymous with scenic landscapes and lush greenery. Cycling some of the routes in Kerala is bound to be an experience of a lifetime.
Aamchi Mumbai, a bustling city on the West Coast of the Country home to India's claim to fame – Bollywood! This cultural melting pot upholds cycling as well. With several cycling clubs widespread across the city, and numerous cycling events being held, Mumbai is truly the place to be. It is recommended to start your ride as early as possible to avoid traffic during peak hours.
- Powai - Pelhar Dam and back
- Nariman Point - Mira Bhayandar and back
- Thane - Karnala Bird Sanctuary and back
Winding roads, pleasant weather and being surrounded by hills – Pune guarantees you an experience on two wheels that you will always remember.
- Shivajinagar - Mulshi Dam and back
- Deccan Gymkana - Kamshet and back
- Viman Nagar - Panshet Dam and back
- Sadashiv Peth - Lavasa and back
So, what are you waiting for? No matter where in the country you are, it’s time to put on your riding gear, tune up your bicycle and head out to conquer that century ride this weekend!