Srinagar: On his bicycle, a 23-year-old Kashmiri established a Guinness World Record for the fastest travel from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
“We’re all dreamers.” There is a lot of work to be done to make aspirations come true. In eight days, Adil Teli pedaled 3,600 kilometers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, reaching a distance of 3,600 kilometers.
Journey of 8 days, one hour and 39 minutes
It took him eight days, one hour and 39 minutes to complete his journey from City Center to Ghanta Ghar to Lal Chowk in Kashmir. He arrived at his destination on March 30 at 7:30 a.m.
The young cyclist, when asked about his incredible record, noted that it was not an easy assignment and required a lot of training in addition to many health difficulties.
It was with the active cooperation of the divisional administration that I began my dream adventure on March 22. Because of the rain that day, Adil’s journey from Srinagar to Punjab was hampered significantly.
Guinness World Records of Adil Teli; challenges faced
The teenage biker had to deal with several health concerns throughout his ride, but his willpower helped him get through it.
While traveling, he encountered several challenges. It wasn’t until the 7th day of his voyage that he began to feel the effects of fatigue. However, he said, “I was only focused on beating the Guinness world record and didn’t care about my knees swelling up with terrible pain”.
During the seventh day of the voyage, the cyclist admits that he had thoughts of leaving when his body began to deplete.
There were times when Adil contemplated quitting due to the extreme pain caused by swollen knees. However, after talking with his mother about it, he decided to keep going and eventually set a Guinness World Record.
J&K Administration’s constant assistance and support for Adil
J&K Administration has been praised for their timely assistance in launching this prestigious journey, according to the rider. To the J&K Administration, I express my gratitude, especially to the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir who organized his trip through the then-under-construction Banihal-Qazigund Tunnel.
During the trip, he said, the administration helped him navigate the treacherous and landslide-prone sections of the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Since 2014, Adil has been continuously representing Jammu & Kashmir at the national level, which has heightened interest in cycling. In 2019, a cycling adventure from Srinagar to Leh sparked his interest in cycling and inspired him to reach his potential.
Inspiration for success: Srinagar-Leh cycling excursion
The young rider said the Srinagar-Leh cycling excursion inspired him to beat the Guinness Book of World Record for the fastest Kashmir-Kanyakumari cycle journey.
“I planned this journey for almost a year and spent six months training outside of J&K,” he said. “During my six-month training, I cycled 600 to 700 kilometers every week, and following that, in November 2020, I applied for a Guinness World Record, which was accepted in February 2021.”
Adil added in his message to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir that instead of engaging in activities such as drug addiction or other social evils, they should pursue sports as a career.