Military Bharat Pannu already has two Guinness World Records to his kitten, one for the fastest solo cycling, from Leh to Manali, a distance of 472 km in 35 hours, 32 minutes and 22 seconds and his second record is 5,942 km long ‘Golden Quadrangle Road, which connects Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Now he is on the verge of breaking the Guinness World Record by cycling 3,750 km in nine days from Koteshwar, Gujarat to Kibithoo, Arunachal Pradesh.
The race has already started and if all goes in Pannu’s favor, he will break the record by a sufficient margin. The old record was set by Naresh Kumar cycling 11 days, 21 hours, 57 minutes and 2 seconds.
Asked about the motivation behind cycling, he said: âIt makes me feel liberated. It’s meditation for me.
Pannu credits the Indian military with the constant motivation that sustained them and allowed them to break the Guinness Book of Records.
âAs a member of the Indian Army, I have always received their support and the Indian Army has continually motivated me to achieve my goals. Whenever I needed it, they support me. I am very grateful to have obtained this type of support from the Indian military and I am proud to be a part of this organization, âhe said.
Any specific reason for choosing the West to East India race for this race, he responded with his usual grace: âI did Kashmir at Kanyakumari, Golden Quadrilateral and Leh-Manali. as Guinness World Records. The only major route that remains to be done in India is West-East. The choice was therefore not difficult.
Pannu cycles on Scott Plasma to reach his record. He said the terrain in West East India is over 90% flat and a Scott Plasma TT bike would be a good choice for this route.
Bharat Pannu has been a SCOTT Sports India supported athlete since 2018 and has won numerous ultra-endurance races and record attempts with SCOTT bikes and equipment.
Pannu had had bitter experiences at RAAM 2019 (Race Across America) when he eventually broke his collarbone and had to give up racing. Now he will take part in RAAM 2022 and hope to win it.