Submitted by Kumuda on Tue, 2016-08-30 12:30 Mangaluru: What members of Mangalore Bicycle Club did this time will encourage more people to take up cycling. The Tour De Mountains, organised by the club witnessed cyclists – the novice and the veterans – participating enthusiastically to ride up the mountains. Who does not want to better their climbing skills, after all? The bicycle expedition held on August 29 was led by Dony Menezes, president of the club, Dr Pritam Sharma, vice-president and Gaurav Prabhu, committee member. As many as 24 MbC cyclists saddled up the Tour de Mountains’ ride. They began their journey from Someshwara. The cycles were transported from Mangaluru through vehicles to Someshwara. However, four riders, Shameem, Arvind, Sagar and Phillip peddled all the way from Manipal to Someshwara to join rest of the team. From Someshwara, the riders climbed to Agumbe which is around 9 kms. From there, they took off to the adventurous part to Kundadri base covering 15 kms and then the toughest Kundadri hill top which was around 4.2-km. It was a journey amidst lush green hills in the Western Ghats. Agumbe Ghat’s deadly curves were challenging but it was equally exciting to ride, said the members. The youngest in the group, Amogha Vikrama (16), climbed the peak comfortably and so did Maxim Menezes (61) inspiring all the fellow riders. After riding for 4.5 hours covering a distance of 55 kms and elevation of 1,800 metres in total, the team reached back to Someshwara.