2016 GoMad Tour


2016_GoMad_Tour

Highlights

Duration: 8 Day Tour

Distance: 350Km

Dates: October 8th – 15th 2016

Accommodation: Simple basic facilities

 

 

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The “Go! Make A Difference” cycling tour is a fundraising cycling tour from Bangalore to Gudalur, in the Nilgiri Hills. This initiative is completely not-for-profit and all funds raised go towards a particular cause every year. If it is adivasi children’s education one year, it may be elephant conservation the next year.

So join us as we cycle 350 kms from Bangalore to Gudalur (around 6 kms from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve). All you need is a cycle, be fit enough to pedal around 80 kms a day and a BIG heart…to raise as much money as you can for the cause. We will take care of the rest! From accommodation, to food, support vehicles, and medical help; everything will be provided for. The idea is not to win any race, but to enjoy the unique experience of soaking up the beauty and the earthiness of rural India.

“For the past three months, we have made Gudalur our home and the staff at ACCORD our friends and family. We feel extremely honored to have had this opportunity to volunteer and work with the adivasi communities in the area. This place and the work done at ACCORD are both very close to our hearts and we would love it if you could help raise money so they can continue the important work they do with adivasi communities in the areas of health, education and economy.”

– Lindsay, Josie and Tanya. Students from Australia

How will we use the funds raised?

A part of the funds raised by participants will be used to set up a vocational training programme for the Gudalur adivasi youth. A portion will also be used to help cover the trip costs, including:

  • food and accommodation in the institutions and schools we halt in (including the Green Hotel);
  • juices, snacks and refreshments along the way;
  • staff fees; and first aid/medical kit and material/parts for cycle repairs.

The funds raised shall not cover:

  • Travel fares to the start-point and from the end-point;
  • personal expenses, tips, laundry, etc.; and expenses incurred due to reasons beyond our control

Who can do this tour?

Cycling is only part of the challenge; the other – bigger part – is to raise funds for the cause. Please read through the “Cause” section under “Tours” to learn more about this year’s cause and where your fund raising efforts will go to this year. So we are hoping that our participants are going to be willing to go that extra mile for something they feel strongly about – to pull out the begging bowl and unashamedly ask all your family and friends to donate some money for the cause.

Each participant should commit to raising Rs. 25,000, but is encouraged to not stop there but to keep going higher. Raising money is never an easy task, but once you sign up and are selected, we’ll pass on all our tips and tricks (and fundraising materials) to help you reach the target.

Physical Preparedness

A great deal of enthusiasm and a desire to understand rural life are all you need to finish this tour. At least that is what 8-year-old Kanva and 60-year-old David taught us last October.

A professional cyclist will accompany the group and will train you on the basics of long-distance cycling. Besides, on most days, you will cycle for only the first half of the day. The afternoons and evenings will be spent interacting with social change-makers, learning more about the projects they are involved in and the difference their hard work and passion have made to the lives of the locals.

Cancellations

Once you register, and if you are unable to join the tour. There will be NO refund of the amount. This is purely because this is a fundraiser and by joining this cause you are aiming to help contribute to our cause

itenerary

This 350 Km journey will begin in Bangalore and take you through the beautiful countryside of Karnataka to end in Gudalur, a town in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu.

The Bangalore to Gudalur cycle trip is a journey like none other. It is a one of a kind tour where cycling is only half the experience. The other half of the experience lies in meeting and interacting with inspiring individuals and projects working for social change.

The ride is broken into two legs

FIRST LEG: Bangalore to Mysore (8th to 10th October)

SECOND LEG: Mysore to Gudalur (12th to 15th October)

With a break on 11th October to spend a day in Mysore on the day of Dusshera celebrations

Day before the ride

Participants arrive at the Fireflies Intercultural Centre at Kaggalipura in Bangalore by 6 p.m. Dinner is served in the beautiful grounds.

Highlights: You will have the opportunity to meet the other participants and staff as well as the founder of Fireflies. An overview of the entire ride also will be provided.

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Fireflies

Address: Fireflies Intercultural Centre Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura P.O. Bangalore – 560082

 

Day 1 – 8th October 2016

The ride begins early, around 6 a.m. and ends at Hulikatte, a small village near Magadi town.

Distance:70.6 km

Terrain: 6-km stretch on the highway. The rest of the route is along flat tarmac roads with very few [flat/rocky/slopes/mud road or proper road]

Accommodation: Overnight stay at a school in Hulikatte.

Highlight: Breakfast near the scenic Manchanbele reservoir and interaction with Andagere architects at Hulikatte.

 

Day 2 – 9th October 2016

The ride begins early, around 6 a.m., and ends at Melukote, a historic and pilgrimage town.

Distance: 75 km

Terrain: Flat tar roads with very few [flat/rocky/slopes/mud road or proper road]

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Hosa Jeevana Daari (http://www.janapada.org/), a Gandhian centre focussing on rural education, youth empowerment and weaving.

Highlight: Visit to the weaving centre at Hosa Jeevana Daari, meeting Mr Sunil Kowlgi, the head of the institution, shopping at the centre’s store, and an excursion to the hilltop Yoga Narasimha temple.

 

Day 3 – 10th October 2016

The ride begins early in the morning around 6:00 AM and ends at Ashakiran, a home for street children

Distance: 76 km

Terrain: Flat tarred roads with small stretches of mud/rocky roads

Accommodation: Overnight stay at the Ashakiran campus.

Highlight: Ride along the scenic left bank canal of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam stretching about 10 kms. Learn about the Ashakirana’s (Home for street children managed by Rural Health and Literacy Programme www.rlhpmysore.org ) Varied activities – organic farming, horticulture, vocational training, child empowerment, etc. and enjoy cultural programmes by the children in the evening.

 

Day 4 – 11th October 2016

This is a free day for participants to enjoy a heritage tour of Mysore or relax

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Green Hotel (www.greenhotelindia.com)

Highlight: Learn about the social business model of Green Hotel and visit Dhwani, a slum dwellers women’s federation in the evening. Dinner at Green Hotel (traditional Mysore-style cuisine). A possible cycle tour of Mysore depending upon the participants.

 

Day 5 – 12th October 2016

The ride begins early, around 6:00 AM, and ends at Sargur, a town close to the Kabini resorvoir.

Distance: 63 km

Terrain: Flat tar roads with very few [flat/rocky/slopes/mud road or proper road]

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Nisarga foundation at H D Kote (www.nisarga.engo.in )

Highlight: Relaxing in the backwaters of Kabini and learning about the indigenous development initiatives at the Fireflies centre.

 

Day 6 – 13th October 2016

The ride begins early, around 6:00 AM, and ends at Chikka Yalchatti, a small hamlet in Bandipura.

Distance: 79 km

Terrain: 22 kms on the highway. Flat tar roads with very few [flat/rocky/slopes/mud road or proper road]. The last stretch of about 20 kms is terrain road.

Accommodation: Overnight stay at Chikka Yalchatti village

Highlight: Camping under a huge banyan tree, and dining on ragi mudde (true Mysore style) with the inhabitants of Chikka Yalchatti.

 

Day 7 – 14th October 2016

The ride begins early, around 6:00 AM, and ends at Gudalur, a major town in the lower Nilgiris.

Distance: 45 km

Terrain: The first 12 kms on terrain road through the Bandipura forest and the remaining 33 kms on the highway.

Accommodation: Will be provided on request.

Highlight: Cycling through the Bandipura and Mudumalai forests. Interacting with adivasis and learning about their traditions and livelihood activities.

 

Day 8 – Ride out to EcoScape – 15th October 2016

Visit to one of the Adivasi Munnetra Sangam area centres and understanding the activities of AMS, including community empowerment, the land rights movement, agriculture, education and livelihood activities. Participants can also choose to stay at Ecoscape (http://www.ecoscape.co.in/)

support

How prepared do you need to be?

A great deal of enthusiasm and a desire to understand rural life are all you need to finish this tour. At least that is what 8-year-old Kanva and 60-year-old David taught us last October.

All logistical support for participants’ on the tour; (accommodation, food, support while riding, medical aid, etc.) will all be handled by volunteers from Gudalur. We want to ensure that the largest possible proportion of the money raised goes straight to the cause, the facilities we provide will be comfortable but basic. You will stay in villages, sometimes in people’s houses, at other times in temples, tents or with other community NGOs. Food will be locally sourced and simple but sustaining and nutritionally balanced. You will get the chance to visit a range of community development organizations along the way. On the final day we ride into Gudalur where there will be a reception for all cyclists.

A professional cyclist will accompany the group and will train you on the basics of long-distance cycling. Besides, on most days, you will cycle for only the first half of the day. The afternoons and evenings will be spent interacting with social change-makers, learning more about the projects they are involved in and the difference their hard work and passion have made to the lives of the locals.

How prepared are we?

The support crew comprises:

Cycling support staff
  • A team of experienced individuals who have managed the GoMAD tours since 2010.
  • A professional cyclist-cum-mechanic will accompany the group, equipped with a fully-stocked repair kit.
  • A pick-up vehicle will follow the last rider.
  • A lead vehicle will guide the group along the route.
  • Additionally, staffers on three motorbikes will monitor the whole group, keeping a watchful eye on every cyclist at all times.
Food and beverage staff
  • The food will be cooked by a team of chefs from Ecoscape, an eco-resort in Devala managed under the auspices of Gudalur Adivasi Munnetra Sangham.
  • The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will be carefully crafted to ensure wholesome, nutritious meals, inlcuding non-vegetarian fare. Our chefs will also ensure you get a taste of the local cuisine.
  • In addition to the main meals, tea/coffee and snacks will be provided.
  • Fruits and juices will also be available through the journey.
First aid and medical care
  • A qualified physician will accompany the group.
  • Our support staff is also trained to deliver basic immediate first aid care.
  • A fully-equipped first aid kit will be available in the lead vehicle and in the pick-up vehicle. Rehydrates, water and sunscreen lotion will be available with our staffers on the motorbikes at all times.
  • We request you to inform the physician of any specific health problem you may have.

You will be briefed on the day’s route, track and stops at breakfast every morning before the ride begins. We have firm limits on the maximum pace to be followed throughout the tour for your safety and in order to ensure the group remains together at all times. We request that you follow this, along with a few other dos and don’ts as and when communicated.

Accommodation

The overnight lodgings will be arranged in small institutions, government schools and in the villages we visit along the way.

  • Our halt in Mysore will include a stay in the Green Hotel.
  • All participants will be provided with sleeping bags.