45-year-old Preeti Maske’s Instagram bio reads, ‘I believe: Age is not a barrier to explore your passion; I am going to attempt Guinness Record; Sports Enthusiast: Cycling, Running, Triathlete.’ And true to her words, Preeti Maske has set a new Guinness World Record by paddling across the Leh to Manali stretch in mere 55 hours and 13 minutes. With this, Preeti Maske has become the first woman cyclist to attempt a successful cycling expedition on the dangerous Let to Manali highway stretch. The Leh to Manali stretch is known for its toughest terrains and high-altitude passes. However, Preeti crossed the Leh to Manali stretch after weathering difficult climate conditions.
Record-Breaking Feat From Leh To Manali By Preeti Maske
Preeti cycled around 430 km to break the Guinness World Record with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) support. She began her journey from Leh on June 22 at 6 am and passed through high elevation terrains like Taglangla Pass to reach Manali on June 24 at 1:13 pm. Preeti took to social media to thank BRO and dedicated her cycling expedition to them.
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In her interview with TOI, Preeti also mentioned that she had to take oxygen twice due to her breathlessness during cycling through the high passes. Preeti’s teammate said that she continued cycling even though it snowed at some places. She weathered strong winds, sun, snowfall and frigid temperatures to achieve her goal.
Preeti Maske’s Other Records
In 2021, Preeti also covered the Srinagar-Leh-Khardungla pass in just about five days. In addition, she also completed the Golden Quadrilateral route in 24 days and six hours, comprising 6,000 km across cities – Pune-Bengaluru-Chennai-Kolkata-Delhi-Rajasthan-Mumbai-Pune. Following this expedition, she became the fastest female cyclist to complete the way.
Ms Preeti Maske on Solo Ride from Srinagar to khardungla on Day 2 reached Kargil covering distance of 130 kms. she has pedaled 250 Km approx in two days of her pedaling. we wish her Good Luck. pic.twitter.com/H3ViYlwv57
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