Kashmir Cyclist Adil Teli Breaks Yet Another Record

SRINAGAR: Kashmir’s Guinness World Record holder, Adil Teli has broken yet another record by cycling from Leh to Manali in a record time. He peddled the high altitude and arduous path from Leh to Manali – a distance of 470 km – in 29:18:21 hours, thus breaking the earlier record set in 2020.

“It was the toughest journey of my career and the situation became all the more difficult because of the road was pathetic,” Teli, told Kashmir Life from Manali. “The added crisis was that all the top passes I had to pass were during the evening or the night.”

Teli said he did not sleep for all the 29 hours and even skipped the routine naps that were scheduled earlier. “Prayers of my parents and my grueling training session of 45 days were of great help,” he added.

All through this record making trip, Teli was accompanied by a seven member crew.

“I still am in pain. I can never forget the passage through the Tanglang La pass that is 5300 meters above sea level,” Teli said. “All other four passes, I had to negotiate during the night and amid clouds were oxygen deficient, cloudy and above 4000 meters above sea level.”

The 470-km journey was covered by Bharat Panu in 35 hours, 32 minutes, and 22 seconds on October 11, 2020. Now Teli holds the record for covering the same distance in 29 hours, 18 minutes, and 21 seconds.

Teli, 24, is a resident of Narbal in Srinagar outskirts. He started from Leh on September 11 at 5:41 am. After passing through Tanglang La, Luchulang La, Nakee La, Barcha La, Rohtang, he finished the voyage with a minimal 40 minutes rest. “I used to eat and drink water while peddling,” he said.

His Leh-Manali trips is expected to be his second major record. Earlier in 2019, he completed 440 km from Srinagar-Leh in 26 hours and 30 minutes. He is the current record holder for cycling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in record time.

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