What a ride! What a route! What a Day!!
A route meant to challenge and test fitness of body and strength of mind!!
A ride across the most scenic and undisturbed environs of Salcete, Quepem, Sanguem and Ponda talukas and 88 riders raring to go at the Start Line of XAXTI 200 – 2020!!
CHALLENGE…the essence of this ride soon lived up to its promise as one climb followed the other with Control and Water Points alternating to provide respite. The determination of the riders was matched only by the enthusiasm of the XR volunteers. From hot coffee served with tonnes of cheer at CP I Quitoll to refreshing lime juice and chilled oranges at Khotigao in true XR Oliver style !!
Sheer Ingenuity and a pump with a Spray by XR Paul Sa and the Bamanbudo waterfall greeted riders right on the road! Xaxti Riders Blaise, Rashid , Pradip and Ohm Stanley on their motorbikes patrolling mobile signal deficient forested areas ensured safety for all the riders. Cheering went a notch higher with XR Rennick using some decibel power to cheer riders up Ambeghat!
Cold towels made the highly appreciated warm welcome at CP II at Vichundrem along with a simple nutritious lunch. Plenty of ice and electrolytes urged on by XR Johnnybab and some even sprawled out on the laid out tarpaulin for a quick nap!
Sarva our Techman zipped between two Water Points at Khola and Uguem with water, bananas and electrolytes. Chilled Red Bull at Uguem upped the pep quotient further! CP III at Sawarde saw electrolytes combined with encouragement pushing the riders on to the last leg of this ride and to the Finish Point at Rabindra Bhavan!
Loud cheers , hot samosas with tea and lots of bonhomie and photoshoots along with the twinkling lights strung up made for a festive Finish Point as Finishers started coming in singles and batches. A ride planned with precision by our think tank and wholly implemented by an over the top enthusiasm of the Volunteers! Heroes were made yesterday as well!!
Kudos to young Vrushabh Shetkar who completed this gruelling ride of 204 kms and 2735 mts elevation in 11 hrs 9 mins on his single speed Frog bicycle!!!
A shout of thanks to our sponsors Monginis, Red Bull , Aster Hospital , Ravindra Bhavan Margao,Kurade family, Daily Crayon, Ice Bank and PK Jewellers.
Your contribution went a long way to making this event bigger and better!
Xaxti Riders are highly appreciative of all riders who registered, participated and made this event a huge success!