The Deccan Cliffhanger
The Race starts in Pune, the city of cycles, and finishes in Goa, on the sea shore. Set on the Deccan Plateau, the route follows the Sahyadri Range, which defines the western edge of the Deccan, finally dropping through dense forests that cover the cliffs of the Escarpment, into the Konkan as it heads to the Indian Ocean. This is the original route via Dharwad and Ramnagar, that was used for the 1st edition, and goes through the Anshi Tiger Reserve.
NOTE: Route Details are subject to changes, and will only be finalized post monsoon, after a physical inspection of road conditions, not before October.
Description / Cautions
The Start Venue for this edition is The Cliff Restaurant and Club, at Forest Trails Bhugaon, Paranjape Schemes (Construction) Ltd which hosted the start of the last edition. From there one heads steeply downhill and then to Chandni chowk to join NH4, heading south towards Bangalore. The first climb to Katraj tunnel is followed by a flat, slight downhill until one crosses the Nira River at Shirwal at @60 km. While this stretch usually offers an opportunity to do very good time, this year there are many sections under construction and participants are cautioned that the service roads that one has to take, are in very bad condition.
The road improves after Shirwal, and climbs up Khambatki ghat, a 3.5 km ascent with a short descent on the other side. Immediately after at @85km one turns off the highway to head though Wai up Pasarni Ghat, to Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, in the Sahyadri mountain range. Participants are cautioned again that the road between Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar has some very bad patches and intermittent potholes. After Mahabaleshwar, the route descends down to Satara by Medha ghat, to join NH4 again at @180km. Participants are warned to be very cautious on the downhill, though the road is in an ok condition there may be some scree on the curves. The surface of road after the descent till Satara, over rolling terrain is a bit rough.
The route continues south over rolling terrain with one short climb after Nippani, at @342km. At @485km we turn off the highway to head toward the coast through Anshi forest and tiger reserve. The terrain is rolling through thick forest, with 3-4 level crossings that are preceded by bad patches of road upto 50 mts before. The rest of the road is currently in great condition, including the descent through Anmod ghat. That part of the route is spectacular, with a descent to the coastline through dense forest. After entering Goa at Molem, the route heads towards the airport, and goes along a creek before turning sharply upwards and continues towards the airport. Turning off from the Airport road towards Bogmalo, the road heads down again to end on the beach, at the finish venue for the Race which is John’s Seagull Bar n Restaurant, Bogmalo. With great beaches, fresh sea food, and most importantly… a low tax on beer, Goa is a big holiday destination and Inspire India is happy to welcome all Participants, Crew and Officials to the legendary after party… The Deccan Clifhang’ov’er!
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