Lucknow’s Gaurav Siddharth wants to be a biker with a difference. Perhaps, that’s why he is continuing his biking tour despite qualifying for the Guinness Book of World Records for being on longest solo motorcycle journey in a single country.
He has been on his tour for the last 14 months. Gaurav always wanted to achieve something beyond a world record.
“So far, the Guinness record for solo biking was of 78,000 km made by a US-based girl in eight months. And I have already done with 97,000 km and am planning to make it 120,000 km,” said Gaurav, 23. Gaurav, who is being monitored by the Guinness officials though hi-tech gadgets while on his tour, said they are OK that he is continuing his tour even after making a world record.
The idea to clinch the biking record swept Gaurav’s mind five months after he completed a cycling tour, covering over 4000 km from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari, in April 2015.
“It was a cumbersome but beautiful tour of my life. After its completion, I thought if pedalling added so much fun than how much fun will biking be? Hence, I embarked upon the new journey with my bike—150cc Hero Impulse,” said Gaurav .
Biking wasn’t that easy as it has to be done as per Guinness rules .
“Yes, it was a little different as there were several clauses — one of it was that one route cannot be used twice. I had to send video footages to them every hour, provide information of witnesses who saw me in that city and also carry a live tracking GPS system. But after spending a few days, I was comfortable with it,” Gaurav said.
In his entire tour, Gaurav had several inspiring and interesting encounters. “An ‘out of the world’ experience was when Baba Ramdev rode the motorcycle with me as a pillion rider. Another one was when I had a close encounter with a lioness, which was just 50 metres away, in Gir Forest in Gujarat,” he added.
He said he was impressed by his visit to a village in Chhattisgarh, where there is a tradition to plant 111 saplings to celebrate the birth of a girl child. “Indeed, I witnessed a wide array of Indian culture that was not possible if I wouldn’t had embarked upon this tour. It has made me a different person, altogether,” he said.
The biker is, however, yet to get any recognition from the state government.
“It feels bad when bikers or cyclists of other states are felicitated in our own state and no one takes cognizance of our talent. I still don’t have any grudges. In fact I am thankful to ‘Akhilesh bhaiya’ (chief minister) for giving us a brand new Agra Expressway,” he said.
His parents are not much convinced by his idea of biking. He said they often term it risky . “But now they developed faith in me and keep in touch with me even in the night,” he said, adding that he was thankful to his parents and friends for bearing all his travelling experiences.