55-Year-Old Man Creates History By Cycling From Goa To Khardung La Pass

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
55-Year-Old Man Creates History By Cycling From Goa To Khardung La Pass

Have you heard about Khardung La Pass? Well it is known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valleys in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also the highest motorable pass and that is why adventure bikes all around the world ride through this mountain pass. While motorcyclists find the pass very challenging and tough to pass, Flavian Sutari, a 55 year old man created history by cycling from Goa to Khardung La Pass. 

‘The Pain Feels Nothing In Front Of The Dream Achieved’- Flavian

At the age of 55 when most of the people tend to give up on their dreams and simply sit back blaming their age, Flavian Sutari from Loutolim challenged his physical abilities by pushing himself. He is a regular cyclist and successfully completed his unsupported cycle ride to the Khardung La Pass which is at 5600 metres in the Ladakh region. Flavian had begun the journey from Goa with his two fellow cyclists Sanket and Sangam. Flavian continued on despite the fact that both of his companions were out of the conquest. Flavian eventually arrived at the Khardung La pass on July 19 after travelling more than 550 kilometres. Due to the shortage of oxygen at Taglang La and Khardung La top, he began to have a moderate headache and calls it the toughest part. 

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Flavian Wished His Fellow Cyclists Too Could Complete

Even though Flavian was able to reach the pass, he claims that his happiness and excitement would have been doubled if his much younger cycling companions, Sanket Naik, 36, a Sal-Bicholim school principal, and Sangam Patil, 38, a member of the Goa State Rural Livelihoods Mission, had also made it to Khardung La pass. Due to the weather, Sanket experienced a tumble that had severe effects for his entire body and Sangam suffered a bleeding nose because of the cold and dry weather of the region. On July 9, the three set out on their thrilling ride from the 1800-metre-high Manali Mall road.

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