He had a close shave numerous times on the sprawling Indian roads but that did not deter ‘world’s fastest Kiwi’ Tim Chittock from completing his journey of the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on his bicycle.
Chittock, 24, set upon his cycling journey from New Zealand Embassy in New Delhi on February 27 to cycle close to 6,000 kilometres across Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Kanpur, Pune, Surat, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam.
The cyclist, who hails from New Zealand and holds a Bachelors degree in Law and Economics from University of Waikato, pedalled about 250km a day and made the distance in 24 days.
Two years ago, he cycled the length of New Zealand and more recently the width of Australia.
Chittock says travelling on the Indian roads was a great experience and at the same time challenging.
“The national highways are okay for cycling. However, the inner and link roads were challenging. I had a close shave at least three times. Once I was almost mowed down by a truck and I narrowly escaped,” the cyclist told PTI.
Chittock describes the people he met on the way as being always affectionate and curious to know about his journey.
“People will always come for a handshake. They would ask me questions like ‘Where are you from? Where you have to go?’ and what is the cost of your cycle,” he said, bursting into laughter.
Chittock is attempting to set a Guinness World Record for cycling the Indian Golden Quadrilateral. He was contacted by Guinness and asked if he will give it a try.
Chittock has been pursuing his passion for cycling from a young age, pedalling around 80km on an average every day. He says he does not know if he has set a record.