Indian army soldier covers 472 km from Leh to Manali in under 34 hours; achieves new Guinness record in solo cycling

An Indian army soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Sripada Sriram has set a new Guinness record for solo cycling, pedaling from the Leh region to Manali. As per the report by a defense spokesman, Lt Col Sriram covered a distance of 472 km from Leh to Manali in 34 hours and 54 minutes. Sriram has started cycling for his mission from Leh at 4 am on September 25 and completed it the next day.

In spite of tough weather conditions, Lt Col Sriram was able to travel the routes involved crossing five major passes. “Lt Col Sriram has set a new Guinness world record for the ‘Fastest Solo Cycling – (Men)’ from Leh to Manali (in Himachal Pradesh) on September 26. The total distance covered was 472 kilometers with a total elevation gain of approximately 8,000 metres,” the spokesman said.

Sripada Sriram is from the Strategic Strikers Division of 1 Corps and the event was part of the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ celebrations which also marks the 195th Gunners’ Day. The Swarnim Vijay Varsh is celebrated to mark the 50th anniversary of India’s victory against Pakistan in the 1971 war.