Mangaluru: Yes, pro-cyclist Donald alias Dony Menezes, a entrepreneur hailing from Mary_Hill here proved he is the “beast” as fondly called by his “guru” Kishan Bangera when he completed 271.6 km non-stop cycling covering two major ghats and attaining 6,063 m elevation.- in 18 hrs and 32 minutes- a record which Donny says, “This loop has never been done by anyone so far in one day, a total of 271 kms and elevation of 6063 meters. For this achievement I already received lots of compliments and applauds across the nation and globe.”
Riding a bicycle and Pedaling long distance is not something new for Dony as he had done 302 km with his “Guru” Bangera between Mangaluru and Shiroor in September 2015. But his recent adventure was the 6,063 m elevation, which proved to be a greatest achievement in his cycling career which he started in March 2015.. Another milestone about this achievement is that no one has so far completed the Mangaluru-Charmadi-Kudremukh-Moodabidri-Mangaluru loop in a single day.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com about this adventurous journey, Dony, a member of Mangaluru Bicycle Club said, ” I had dreamt of crossing four ghats—Charmadi, Kelagur, Kalasa and Kudremukh—in a day. Starting at 4 a.m., I took off on Wednesday, 11 February along with Kishan Bangera at Punjalkatte near Belthangady and I rode solo till the end reaching home at around 10.30 p.m. The Moving time was 14:42:37, with an average speed of 18.5 kmph, and maximum speed of 69.8 kmph to cover the elevation: 6,063 m. It was B.R. Sadashiva Rao, another MBC member, who encouraged me to undertake Wednesday’s expedition,” .
He further said, “During the 18 hours 32 minutes elapsed time, I was on the saddle for 14 hours 42 minutes. While the average speed was 18.5 kmph, I clocked the maximum speed of 69.8 kmph downhill Kudremukh Ghat. Luckily, throughout the journey I never faced any hurdles nor did my bike gave any troubles. During the journey I took only 10 mins break, and had two lime-sodas to quench my thirst-rest was simply a history”.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com Dony’s “Guru” Bangera said, ” It was the sheer willpower of Dony that made him to achieve it. Few months back I just introduced him to cycling and then everything else has been achieved solely by Dony. During the 2015 Trek Mangaluru challenge, we both had cycled 2,792 km and 2,391 km, respectively, during 30 days in September to be the winner and runner-up of the contest.
Dony who is 49 years old took up the hobby of cycling to reduce his weight and become fit. With an entry-level mountain terrain bike for the first five months, he clocked about 7,000 km with 167 km being the longest ride. After gaining confidence, Dony directly graduated to a road bike avoiding a hybrid from which point of time he is on a record-making and breaking spree. Working for Emirates Airlines in Dubai for 21 years, where he got some health problems due to pollution at the airport, he decided to come back for good to his hometown, Mangaluru in 2012, and started his own Real estate business.
Team Mangalorean extends tons of compliments to Dony Menezes for his greatest achievement in his cycling career. Keep up the good work and keep pedaling for more glory’s.
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