Sharang Rathore is a big shot in the corporate world who is an ardent cyclist at heart but is in the business of selling high end cars by profession. He always wanted his name to be carved in the record books by doing something different, through his endurance.
The 41 year old from Gurgaon, Haryana approached it in style by creating a national record in the elevation gain through riding. He attained the feat of highest altitude gain of more than 8848 m – the height of Mount Everest – in 18 hours and 27 minutes on a geared bicycle on 24th March 2016. This feat has been has been rightly acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records.
He reiterated his ascending trip to Billing Take Off Point (2400m) in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh from Bir Village (1525m) four times with an average elevation gain of 2207 m each time. He then summed it up with another short ride of 30 m gain, thus covering a total distance of 127.6 km. He started his journey at 3:15am and finished by 9:42 pm. He did take some mini breaks in between to resuscitate himself..
The corporate biggie who turned 41 this November, wanted to ring in his 40th birthday by doing something massive, something that he would cherish for many years to come. He did not fail his family or himself as he went on to inscribe his name in the picturesque hills of Himachal Pradesh.
The Head of Corporate and Direct Sales division of BMW Group, India, Sharang had a tough time juggling between his work and passion. He told TOI, “To train for something big like this, I had to start very early in the morning, sometimes through the weekdays and especially the big rides of over 100 km over the weekends. And to an extent to cover my mileage I had also travelled from home to office and back everyday so that I was able to clock my 40 km or 50 km per day.”
He further elaborated, “If I was not able to cycle down to office – such as when I had to attend a big meeting where I have to be in formal attire – then I would do up and down 10 or 15 times via the stairs in the office building, as I sit on the seventh floor, and that also helped in building up muscles.”
He feels that his Manali-Leh trip was watershed for him. “The Manali-Leh trip was a turning point for me in terms of cycling because we could do a lot of high endurance stuff which I realized I could do on a cycle,” he said.
Rathore arduously voiced, “I would love to continue something or the other, maybe even someday do the Delhi-Bangkok-Malaysia route, along with other cyclists of our Manali-Leh group, which is opened up. If we are able to get a couple of weeks or may be a month off, we would be able to do that as well.”