Bliss In The Hills Recce

We went on a final recce on 17th September. Here are a few  photographs that we took enroute the recce. Sharing this to give a sense of the route. The hills are green. In our opinion it is probably the greenest of the Bliss Rides so far.

Photo courtesy : Hari Krishna Malladi

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The periya downhill

The periya downhill

Waterfall at 1st hairpin -- Nedumpoil road

Waterfall at 1st hairpin — Nedumpoil road

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Bliss In The Hills 2017

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Bliss In The Hills

Bliss In The Hills

 

For the uninitiated, this is the 4th year of Bliss, arguably one of the most scenic yet challenging brevets in India. The route has been designed to show the best of the Western Ghats , Ooty and part of the eastern Ghats. An overdose of coffee and tea estates intermixed with some fantastic cycling and climbs awaits you. Early bird registration has been kept open till 31st July.

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Registrations will be open again later but at a more realistic cost. Registration covers drop bag + some basic dinner and sleep supplies roughly midway in the brevet, a welcome respite before you climb Ooty. The early bird registration is non-refundable.

This registration entitles you to

  • Ride the ride officially
  • Drop bag support at one or two locations
  • Limited  food/nutritional support around the mid point (also the drop bag point)
  • The finisher’s brevet card and medal should you finish.

 

 

Broad contours of the ride

Broad contours of the ride

The full route with the cue sheet — For 2016. Route for this year will be somewhat similar

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Blow by blow account of Bliss In The Hills, 3rd edition

A quick blow by blow account of this years Bliss In The Hills

17 riders flagged off at the start point. We had a good turn out at the start today. Quite a few new faces (apart from the cyclists) came to flag off – A very good portend. Yateesh started about 15 minutes late.

13 of the riders reach Belur well before time. Kavi is the 1st rider to report reaching Belur at around 2:45 AM

Archana Seshagiri reaches Belur control on time but calls it off citing sleeplessness and exhaustion. (around 6 am).A little while later N Kiran Kumar (fitness through travels) also reaches Belur and calls off the ride. Shreyas Gowda reaches Belur on time and continues. Yateesh does not reach Belur on time, decides to continue riding on Mangalore highway.
So we have effectively 14 riders left after the 1st control.

Most riders reach Madikeri Control between 11am to 1 pm. Shreyas Gowda reported later in the day that he had to call off the ride at Madikeri. Suffered from Diarrhea and dehydration , he took refuge in a friends’ house in Madikeri. Arun Mohit called off the ride at Madikeri with a broken bottom bracket. Yateesh later reported that he booked a bus from the nearest town Dharmastala, cycled there and came back to Bangalore. Rider count now down to 12.

Most riders ride and reach Siddapura without event. And continue to Iritty. I keenly watch with interest on the reports from Iritty. Kavi , Shun and Jins report reaching Iritty at around 5:30. With a 2.5 hour buffer they look good to make it in time. Chandru and Putta report from Iritty at around 6:30 pm. With an hour and 40 min buffer to me I figured they would make it to Kalpetta but just about. Ashok, Soma and Prashanth report from Iritty at around 6:50. They looked touch and go to make it to Kalpetta to me. From experience (both as a rider and from past records), I knew the ride would now start getting tricky. Stephen calls the ride of at Iritty citing fever and complete exhaustion. Sayi and Mohan reported last from Iritty , making the Iritty control with little time left. Mentally I discounted these two from the rest of the ride. The active rider count has now come down to 11.

The support vehicle happened to be my Indica. I drove with Ravindra starting from Bangalore at around 12:00 pm. Reached the hotel at around 6 pm. A small glitch of non availability of rooms ( at least from the Hotel caretaker’s words) was resolved when I took the Dormitory and we put up base there. After the riders reported from Iritty, I opined to Ravindra that the 1st rider will turn up after 11, possibly after 11:30 pm. Now , as expected the action happened thick and fast. Prashanth got stuck on the Boys Town climb and called for help at around 10 pm. Given that I wanted to hang around the mid-control I asked him to relax and wait if he had called it off, so that I can focus on the guys who were trying to make it to the end control. Soma called from the top of the climb at 10:30 asking about Prashanth. He then decides to make a break for it. 40 km in mountainous terrain with bad roads looked very touch and go for me in 2.5 hours. Chandru calls in , asking for directions . After a lull I go to sleep asking Ravi to wake me up if a rider turns up. I sleep and at around midnight Kaviarasu turns up, the 1st rider. Now I knew the action would quicken. However the 2nd set of riders , Shun and Jins turn up at 12:50. With the control closing at 01:34, I and Ravi take turns waiting for the riders outside. Putta turns up shortly after 1 am. It looked like he had made a dash to the control, wanting to make it in time. Bravo. Chandru Elango comes 10 minutes after Putta. Apparently they were riding together when Chandru decided to take a break. As the clock ticks I don’t expect anyone else to turn up before the control closes. Somaskanda makes it at 1:31 am (closing time 01:34) I was astounded by his strenght and motivation.
We wait for some more time, no one turns up. We decide to take a nap along with the riders. Jins told me to wake him up at 01:45. I did, but he and his fellow riders wanted to sleep. They end up leaving at around 3:30 or so. So I go back to my sleep. We had ordered sufficient dinner for the riders from the hotel.And got lots of bananas, oranges and bread for the riders. The riders had a chance to refresh, thankfully. The rider count had now come down to 6. Prashanth, Sayi, Mohan , Ashok and Aravind were missing in action at the control. I got a call from Aravind at 3:20 am , letting me know that they were on the final leg to Kalpetta. Three riders Shun, Kavi and Jins now get ready to start riding to Ooty. I go outside on guard duty again. After some confusion i manage to direct them to the resort. I get a call from Prashanth at 4 am. He needed to be picked up , I took my time to set up the carrier and then start off on the rescue mission. As I drive I go past Sayi and Mohan. Finally I get to Prashanth and get him back to the lodge. Once we are there, I see that the other 3 riders have left. We go to sleep after some discussions about the route. We wake up at 9 am in the cool mountain weather. Prashanth requested a drop to Bangalore. Since Sayi had no further plans, I offered to drop him as well. Aravind, Ashok and Mohan wanted to continue riding to Ooty. So we wrap up in the morning and prepare to go home. I hope to drive non stop and reach Bangalore by sunset. Our trip encountered a female elephant crossing the forest ahead of us with her calf. Once we crossed the forest , we get a call from Kavi at around 12:30 pm that he is a victim of a hit and run. He is okay but bike derailleur and the chain was broken. After some deliberation we decide to go to Pykara via Kalahatti. We take a break at the CCD in Masinagudi. By the time we reach him it is around 4:10 pm . We cut his chain, put it on and make the bike a fixed gear and wave him on. Decided to give him additional time in lieu of the hit’n’run and the break forced upon him. We continue back home via Gudalur and the forest. Encounter 2 new sets of elephant + calf, one very close to the road, least worried about motorists. We hear that Putta and Somaskanda have called off the ride. Chandru had gone ahead trying to catch up. Kavi was leading the pack, but after the incident that honour fell upon Shun. We exit the forest at night after 6:30 or so. Shun was the 1st to report reaching Avinashi control. Jins and Chandru barely make it to the Avinashi control. I continue driving towards Bangalore. Tailwinds reported on the Salem highway. Kavi reports reaching Avinashi at 11 pm.
BTW the remaining rider count is now 4 and we now expect all of them to be there at the finish line. We reach Bangalore at around mid night.It takes me 2 hours to drop Ravi, Prashanth and Sayi and I reach home at 2:00 am. AT 2:30 Shun reports having climbed Yercaud. He takes a break there. I go to sleep, exhausted. I learn that Jins and Chandru had also climbed in the wee hours. At around 10 am, Kavi also reached Yercaud top. Shun leaves early and reports climbing Yelagiri at 2:25pm. That was fast. He was now in line to reach Bangalore at midnight. I thought he might reach in the wee hours after catching up on sleep. The other 2 riders reach Yelagiri in the evening. Kavi catches up with them crossing paths on the Yelagiri climb. I was out to visit a relatvie near Marathalli and come back home with my family at 10:00. Shun made it to the end control a little after 11:00 pm . I went home after receiving him, expecting the others to be there around 5 am. I sleep through alarms and wake up at 06:30. Felt a little disgusted thinking that the riders woudl have reached the end control with no one around. Then I see news of them yet to reach Hosur, I go to the end control by 7:30 am and Shreyas was waiting. Then Jins turns up a little after 8 am. And a couple of more folks turn up to greet the riders. Chandru comes in at 08:40 and Kavi at 08:41.

Here are the official results

https://brevetmgr.appspot.com/brevet/2016-blissinthehills/results

 

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Bliss In The Hills, 3rd edition

The third edition of Bliss In The Hills will be on October 5th, after being successfully run on 2014 and 2015. Depsite it being a PBP year, last year we had 20 riders starting , and 8 finished. We had Opendro who completed it last year and completed the Trans Am race in the US this year. Armyman Srinivas who attempted RAAM this year also rode it last year.

A brief description of the route ( If it sounds like some chest thumping or self-back-patting, we humbly beg your pardon, but here goes).The whole idea of the route was to have an Indian version of PBP conducted here, at least in terms of difficulty. In addition to ensuring that our climb starved cyclists go back happy, we also wanted to ensure that we showcase the beauty of the area that the ride goes through. So you actually will have one and all of the following sections
1) Rainforest or rain forest like regions – be prepared for the muggy climate
2) Cooler and more pleasant forests , as you climb towards Ooty
3) Gentle rolling terrain
4) Not so gentle rolling terrain.
5) Coffee estates
6) Tea estates.
7) Long clear stretches of highway for the flat lovers.
8) Spectacular scenery, the best the western ghats have to be offer

The cumulative elevation of the ride should come to more than 15000m (As a comparison, PBP has a combined elevation gain of 11000 m and a 1200 conducted in January by Goa Cycling Club had an elevation of 13000 km). What makes Bliss In The Hills special is that it spans a wide geographical area. The lowest point is about 45m above sea level and the highest will be around 2400 m above sea level.

The brevet is also at the fag end of the monsoon. So the chance of rain is ever present. Last year, it rained the night the brevet was flagged off , and again it rained on day 3 when we were climbing Ooty. It is best to be prepared for heat, cold, some rain, some low visibility and foggy conditions and also a little extra humidity in Kerala.

Here is a brief description of the route. You start from MG Road and head towards Nelamangala. From here you make your way towards Chikmagalur district to the temple town of Belur. From Belur you go towards the Madikeri. The gentle rolling terrain gradually gives way to longer climbs and descents. After traversing across Coorg, you go down the Sahyadri’s to a town called Iritty in Kerala.From here you work your way back up the mountain to the Wayanad Plateau. Kalpetta, in Wayanad will be your 1st control for support, and a recommended spot to get an extended sleep. From here you go via tea estates and climb to Ooty via Gudalur. You can smell the tea as you cycle past tea factories. Once you reach Ooty you go via a superlong downhill to Mettupalayam. From here you have a long highway stretch to reach Salem. From Salem you climb to Yercaud in the eastern Ghats, and then descend via beautiful woods to Kuppanur. From here you head north via a state highway and eventually climb Yelagiri, the last of the designated hills in the route. Finally, you make your way to Bangalore via Hosur.
The ride has been named *Bliss In The Hills* to reflect the overdose of serenity as you ride on arguably one of the most scenic routes of South India.

Registrations are open right now, the idea is to have an early bird price to lock in registrations and plan for the event.

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Bliss In The Hills

The first edition of Bliss In The Hills was a success , judging from the number of participants and the interest it generated. We had riders from Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Chennai, Tiruppur, Goa, Pune , Mumbai in addition to Bangalore. Or put it better, we had riders from all over India riding this brevet. 40 riders started and 4 finished, which was below our expectations. We did expect a few more to finish on time. In addition to the official finishers, Kaviarasu, Mehul and Sundaram Narayanan from Goa finished the ride but missed intermediate controls.
Thanks to the volunteers Suman and Ravindra from Bangalore , and Karthik and his gang of friends from Tirupur for helping the riders in the manned controls.

Some of the feedback from the riders as well as wannabe riders, as well as the experiences of the organizers have prompted a couple of changes. (The final route will be published once we do a recce in a week or so , but tentatively we have decided to incorporate the following changes)

1) The exit out of Bangalore will be streamlined. You will get out via Sankey Tank,CNR underpass and Yeshwantpur railway station, so the traffic will not be an issue.
2) We plan to change some of the routes in Wayanad. Last year on some stretches there was zero visibility due to fog. While we cannot completely guarantee anything, that particular stretch was through dense forest and the fog , in hindsight was expected. Attribute that to non familiriaty of terrain from the organizers.
3) Of course the distances will change, and there will be some additional sections to compensate for the stretches that have been truncated. This year we had opened up registrations earlier. The current registration format also follows last year. All participants who complete on time will be entitled to a medal and certificate.

A brief description of the route ( If it sounds like some chest thumping or self-back-patting, we humbly beg your pardon, but here goes).The whole idea of the route was to have an Indian version of PBP conducted here, at least in terms of difficulty. In addition to ensuring that our climb starved cyclists go back happy, we also wanted to ensure that we showcase the beauty of the area that the ride goes through. So you actually will have one and all of the following sections
1) Rainforest or rain forest like regions – be prepared for the muggy climate
2) Cooler and more pleasant forests , as you climb towards Ooty
3) Gentle rolling terrain
4) Not so gentle rolling terrain.
5) Coffee estates
6) Tea estates.
7) Long clear stretches of highway for the flat lovers.
8) Spectacular scenery, the best the western ghats have to be offer

The cumulative elevation of the ride should come to more than 15000m (As a comparison, PBP has a combined elevation gain of 11000 m and a 1200 conducted in January by Goa Cycling Club had an elevation of 13000 km). What makes Bliss In The Hills special is that it spans a wide geographical area. The lowest point is about 45m above sea level and the highest will be around 2400 m above sea level.

The brevet is also at the fag end of the monsoon. So the chance of rain is ever present. Last year, it rained the night the brevet was flagged off , and again it rained on day 3 when we were climbing Ooty. It is best to be prepared for heat, cold, some rain, some low visibility and foggy conditions and also a little extra humidity in Kerala.

Here is a brief description of the route. You start from MG Road and head towards Nelamangala. From here you make your way towards Chikmagalur district to the temple town of Belur. From Belur you go towards the Madikeri. Gentle rolling terrain gradually gives way to longer climbs and descents. After traversing across Coorg, you go down the Sahyadri’s to a town called Iritty in Kerala.From here you work your way back up the mountain to the Wayanad Plateau. Kalpetta, in Wayanad will be your 1st control for support, and a recommended spot to get an extended sleep. From here you go via tea estates and climb to Ooty via Gudalur. You can smell the tea as you cycle past tea factories. Once you reach Ooty you go via a superlong downhill to Mettupalayam. From here you have a long highway stretch to reach Salem. From Salem you climb to Yercaud in the eastern Ghats, and then descend via beautiful woods to Kuppanur. From here you head north via a state highway and eventually climb Yelagiri, the last of the designated hills in the route. Finally you make your way to Bangalore via Hosur.
The ride has been named *Bliss In The Hills* to reflect the overdose of serenity as you ride on arguably one of the most scenic routes of South India.

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Monsoon Magic : Tristate 200 : 13 June 2015

This Monsoon magic series gets kicked off with another new route, the Tristate 200. This takes the Golden Quadrilateral from Silkboard to Krishnagiri, then and extends it into a full day ramble in the jungle on quiet and scenic back roads,ending at HSR Layout near Silkboard.

Register Now: http://brevetmgr.appspot.com/brevet/Jun2015-Tristate200/

Route: Bangalore- Hosur- Krishnagiri- Kuppam- Sarjapur- Bangalore
Detailed Cue Sheet and Exact Route : https://sites.google.com/site/iiscrando/routes/ir0012

Start : 13 Jun 2015, 06:00AM Silkboard
Duration: 13.5 Hours

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Brevet Calendar

Please note : Due to lack of volunteers we have had to cancel some of the proposed rides in July

 

Upcoming Brevets for this season

Feb 21,2015 400
Jun 13, 2015 200
Jun 25, 2015 1000
Jun 27, 2015 600
Jun 27, 2015 400
Jun 27, 2015 300
Aug 8, 2015 200
Aug  29, 2015 300
Sep 26, 2015 400
Sep 30, 2015 1200
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Waterfalls 300 Brevet : Jan 17, 2015

About:

This year gets kicked off with another rollicking,rustic route, the Waterfalls 300. This takes the scenic Anchetty route, and extends it into a full day ramble in the jungle, with a late evening climb back up to Bangalore via the highway.

Expect a serene , traffic free ride all day on back roads, with the fast return on the Krishnagiri-Bangalore stretch in the evening/night.
NOTE: There are step descents with sharp curves in some sections near Maralwady to Thally, and Jawalagiri to Anchetty sections and near Hogenakkal, please check your breaks thoroughly, and proceed with caution.

Surface / Traffic / Terrain:

The route and altitude profile can be seen here: https://sites.google.com/site/iiscrando/routes/ir0013
There is about 3000 m of elevation gain.
Note that the map is available only for reference; the cue sheet provided at the start to the riders is the final course.

Cue-sheet:

Will be available soon

Credits:

Route: Abhijit, Karthikeyan
Recee: Karthikeyan

Ride/Registration:

Start: 5:30 : HDFC Bank,  Silk Board
End: 01:30 : HDFC Bank, Silk Board

Register here: http://brevetmgr.appspot.com/brevet/jan2015-waterfalls/
Fee: Rupees 99/-
Registrations open: 10 January 2015, 11:00AM
Registrations close:15 January 2015, 08:00AM
Rules for the ride: https://sites.google.com/site/iiscrando/rules-and-regulations


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Basavana Betta 200, November 29, 2014

Note: Updated start time, added cue sheet

Note: This is a non-ACP brevet

About:

The Basavanabetta 200 Brevet will be the second brevet in the exciting 2014-15 riding season calendar from Bangalore Brevets. This is a new low traffic route, with scenic rolling terrain and a tough little hill climb.

Starting with a nice scenic downhill in the Jigani-Harohalli stretch with wonderful vistas and the crisp early winter morning breeze, the riders hit the Kanakapura highway at Harohalli. We then proceed to Sathnur on the NH 209 which is a low traffic highway, with excellent road surface. A little before Halgur, we leave the highway for the real test. Get your climbing gears on, we have the Basavanabetta climb which is a short but tough climb. It has same elevation gain as Nandi, but in just 5 km , no hairpins, just a straight climb along the ridge line in some sections. The initial ascent is very steep, it become easier (slightly) in the last part.

The return has an optional stretch on the pipeline road which runs parallel to the Kanakapura Highway, has a great surface and absolutely no traffic,with lots of butterflies flying around and tulasi plants growing wild on both sides. Finally we climb back the Harohalli-Jigani stretch which will be a trivial climb after conquering the Betta, and ride to the end point through the peaceful Begur road, avoiding the madness of Bannerghatta road.

Surface:

Most of the route is in fairly good condition. The initial 20 km and from Harohalli to just short of Basavana Betta is on national highways with excellent surface. A small stretch near the Jigani Industrial area just before the descents start has potholes and broken road surface. The rest of the route on the Jigani-harohalli elephant corridor has a good surface.

Traffic:

Traffic on NH209 is low, especially after Kanakapura; however this is an undivided road so please ride carefully and stick to the left most lane. Traffic on the rest of the route is minimal with an occasional two-wheeler or bus or agricultural vehicle. The last few kms on Bannerghatta road can be very busy in the evening; please keep extra time to cover this section.

Terrain:

The route and altitude profile can be seen here: http://goo.gl/u89FY4
There is about 2200 m of elevation gain.
Note that the map is available only for reference; the cue sheet provided at the start to the riders is the final course.

Cue-sheet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-TG7beWkMaVZFdjTGhwalJmeW8/view?usp=sharing

Credits:

Route: Parag
Recee: Sunil Kanitkar, Parag

Ride/Registration:

Start: 5:30 5:00 : Pizza Hut, BTM Layout, Silk Board (12.916711,77.62032)
End: 19:00 18:30 : Woodrose Club, JP Nagar 7th Phase (12.892323,77.582991)

Register here: http://brevetmgr.appspot.com/brevet/nov2014-basavanabetta/
Fee: Rupees 99/-
Registrations open: 13 November 2014, 00:00
Registrations close: 24 November 2014, 23:59
Rules for the ride: https://sites.google.com/site/iiscrando/rules-and-regulations

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Kottai 200, November 1, 2014

Note: This is a non-ACP brevet

About:

Kottai 200 is a new route for 2014 going through many small towns and villages in Tamil Nadu to the south of Bangalore.

The riders start from Silk Board and take the fast highway route on NH7 down to Krishnagiri. The route then turns towards Rayakottai and stays on state highways passing through small villages and towns, all the while climbing slowly back to Bangalore’s altitude. There is a short section of single lane village road after Anusonai on the way to Denkanikottai(hat tip to Sudhir Palliyal for discovering this road) that gives some amazing views of the surrounding hills: take a break at around 132km and look around to get a 360° view of the hills. After Denkanikottai, riders head back to Bangalore passing the TVS factory at the border. The last 20kms from Attibele to Silk Board is again on the highway.

Surface:

Most of the route is in fairly good condition. From the start to Krishnagiri is on a national highway with wide roads and excellent surface. The state highways after that are also in excellent condition. A small stretch of the single lane road after Anusonai closer to Denkanikottai has some potholes.

Traffic:

Traffic on NH7 till Krishnagiri can be very fast but the road is wide; please ride carefully and stick to the left most lane. Traffic on the state highways is minimal with an occasional two-wheeler or bus or agricultural vehicle. The last 10kms from Electronic City to Silk Board can be very busy in the evening; please keep extra time to cover this section.

Terrain:

The route and altitude profile can be seen here: http://goo.gl/UB8aT5
There is about 1650m of elevation gain.
The gpx can be downloaded from the same link. Note that the gpx is available only for reference; the cue sheet provided at the start to the riders is the final course.

Cue-sheet:

Cue sheet: http://goo.gl/qgQEUf

Credits:

Route: Sandeep
Recee: Karthikeyan, Sandeep

Ride/Registration:

Start: 6:00 : Pizza Hut, BTM Layout, Silk Board (12.916711,77.62032)
End: 19:30 : HDFC ATM (12.915981,77.619229)

Register here: http://brevetmgr.appspot.com/brevet/nov2014-kottai/
Fee: Rupees 99/-
Registrations open: 21 October 2014, 00:00
Registrations close: 29 October 2014, 23:59

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