Golden Quadrilateral Group Record – 6 Bikers, 6000kms, 118 Hours
32 Fuel Stops
Golden Quadrilateral (highway network connecting Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai) is considered to be the toughest ride for the experienced riders. It is the actual test of planning, patience and execution all at the same time. A total of 6000 Kms has to be covered in the least possible time. Motorcyclist from Mumbai had planned this ride from a long time, and finally it was the day for execution. The day everyone was anxiously waiting for. It all begined on 22nd September 2015.
Mumbai-Chennai (NH 4,NH 7, AH45,AH 43,NH46,AH47)
This was the ground zero day. 6 Riders on 6 different Machines had finally self started their ignition for the planned ride that was going to create history and a good memory that was to be cherished by them forever. All headed their way to Panvel where the sponsors would officially wave off the flag for the journey. Riders took a witness from Total Members team and the ride started at 6 sharp. The clock started, it was now time for the riders to execute what they had planned for. With all on the positive way, they reached Pune at 8:30 followed to Kolhapur at 10:50 PM. Next target on the list was to reach Bangalore around 6 AM. Maintaning the average speed of 80 kmph, they managed to reach Siri at 7 AM. Hopes to complete Saddle Sore was still alive among all. Next on list was Chennai to reach around 12 PM, with bad road condition and a moderate traffic the riders reached Chennai on 23rd September 2015 at 2.00 PM.
Chennai-Kolkata ( NH 5,AH 45,NH 60, NH 6)
Time is the main factor in this ride. The riders were already behind by 2 hours and so they decided to cover it up by riding non stop till Visakhapatnam. The riders were exhausted by now. Hot sun and traffic made it lot worse. They decided to take a break. They took a break at IOCL fuel station and had a good rest for 2 hours. Waking up at 5:30 they started to ride in the planned direction now. Around 12AM they reached Vijaywada, 1300 kms for the day was covered now. With great enthusiasm the riders left for Vizag. Fuel and Tea breaks had caused a lot of time. They reached Vizag bypass around 9 AM. Everything was going as per schedule now. Next on list was Bhubaeshwar, which was crossed by 3:45 PM. It was almost 800 kms done for the day and the riders were still in fresh mood. Next milestone was 500kms far. It was to reach Kolkata before 12AM. To addup to the challenge were the bad road condition and under construction bridges. Fighting the way out, the riders managed to reach Howrah ( Kolkata) at 12AM.
Kolkata-Delhi (NH 2,AH 1)
2 sides of the quadrilateral were done, Left was the other 2. It was planned to ride 1450km in the next 24 hours. Kick started at 4 AM for Delhi. This journey was not going to be an easy one. The bad road condition, multiple deviation, less traffic and more cattle on road made motorcyclist patience test. It was the time when hungry stomach was asking for food, a quick break for 20 mins and the ride again started. Entering Bihar / Jharkhad / UP made it lot worse. The bridge road Junctions were like real death traps for visitors. Riders finally reached Morsari. Road made it bad for the riders but the sun made it lot worse. Reached Allahabad followed by Fathepur at 7 PM. A local guy had explained the route till Agra. It was planned to reach Delhi around 12 AM, but the under construction bridges at Etawah made it impossible. The Riders were tired and decided to take a break. A good sleep was required. Next day the motorcyclist started at 5:30 AM and Managed to reach Delhi at 11:45 AM. This was it, they reached Delhi. Now was the final part. Jaipur was on the list. Not wasting any time, the riders left for it.
Delhi- Mumbai (NH 8, NH-14)
Everyone knew they coould never make the ride under 88 hours as they were already running late as per the schedule. Still no one wanted to quit, this is the power of Brotherhood. Each rider was trying very hard to reach the destination, but it was now the traffic that was playing the part. Nothing was working out for the riders, but they did not gave up. Reached Jaipur at 8 PM followed to Ajmer by 11:30. A small break for food and they again started for Ahmedabad. Target to reach Mumbai was in 17 hours, this would finish the ride in 120 hours total. Riders were continuously riding and the destination was fast approaching. Around 9 AM they reached Ahmedabad followed by Ankaleshwar in next 3 hours. Next stop had to be Mumbai Airport. Only 350 kms more, all geared up for the final patch of the Golden quadrilateral. Now was the time for all their efforts to be noticed by all. 3:15 PM the clock showed, Rider entered Goregaon, Mumbai where their fellow club riders awaited to celebrate the success of the ride. The ride was concluded.
6000kms Group record ride with a record clock 118 hrs 49 mins.
Ride was concluded and now was the time for celebration. Everyone from the club headed to Charoti i.e. 90kms from Goregaon. The toughest ride was completed. It was time for glory and celebration. Also lets not forget the sponsors who believed in the potential this team had.