TOUR de Velas a cycle trail to Velas on this winter morning of 24th Jan 2015 Saturday with TreksandTrails

Why Velas?

Velas village, famous for the Olive Ridley turtle, a threatened species, nesting near Ratnagiri lies in the Arabian coastal region and is a good 5 hours drive from Mumbai by car. The beach is a remote and isolated where you don’t find the usual pani puri wala or the regular golawala seen on Mumbai beaches. Enjoy the solitude offered by this beach and let the waves wash your feet. Locals do not recommend venturing into the waters. Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. Due to the sea-shore Velas is an existing place and it is situated near Bankot Bay. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favourable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Gokulashtami Festival is one of the important festivals in Velas.

Tour de Velas Cycling Schedule for this first long weekend of 2015

Day 1 - Saturday 24 January 2015

We met at Gateway of India       05:45

Catch Jetty from Mandva            06:15

Reach Mandava                         07:30

Start cycling                              08:00

Reach Murud                             12:00 (Mandva to Murud - 72 km approx - 4 hours)

Lunch and Rest                          13:00

Reach Dighi                               14:00 (Murud to Dighi - By jetty  - 30 mins)

Travel to Harihareshwar             18:30 (Dighi to Hariheshwar - 49 km - 3 hrs)

Travel to Bankot                        19:00 (Harihareshwar to  Bankot - By Jetty 15 mins)

Cycle from Bankot to Velas         19:30 (Approximately 6 km)

Dinner                                       20:30

Day 2 - Sunday 25 January 2015 - REST day - Explore beach, relaxing, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3 - Monday 26 January 2015

Breakfast                                  06:30

Start cycling and reach Bankot    08:00

Reach Dighi                               11:30

Reach Mandva                           18:00

Take the last Jetty to gateway    18:45

Reach Gateway of India              20:00



No participant contribution will be charged. Expenses on actual basis AS and ON if required.

Please pack your bag very careful considering the weight to carry for TOUR de Velas

Expected cost of the event will be around 1800.00 approx

Exclusion: Insurance is not included or offered for this event

How to be a part of Tour de Velas

1. Need to have your own Cycle in good working condition.

2. Helmet, safety gears like Gloves or Guards, Cycle Saddle Bag, Tool Kit is compulsory.

3. Head lamp and Rear LED light compulsory.

4. Puncture repairs KIT.

5. Reflectors are important and mandatory and act as a backup for your cycle.

What to carry for Tour de Vela with TreksandTrails

Identity proof

Wear comfortable shoes, Personal care medicines

Wear cycling shorts and t-shirts, shades for eye protection.

Carry cash for personal expenses on the way

Carry drinking water (2 litres)

Small snacks like chocolate bars for instant energy, Electoral powder a few bananas.

Torch with extra batteries

Optional things that you may want to carry

Personal camera at your own risk



Extra pair of clothes, socks

TreksandTrails rules for TOUR de Velas:

1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.

2. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.

3. TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the event without prior notice.

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Disclaimer and Declaration

By joining on this trip as a participant you confirm to have read the rules and understand the nature of this group/event.  Entering the group/event at our own risk and take full responsibility for my safety and actions during the event. By attending or joining this group/event, if any harm, injury, loss, liability or damage is caused to me or my property, I and/or any of my legal heirs and/or representatives shall not hold or its administrators and members and organizers of the group/event liable or responsible for the same. I hereby confirm that my participation in this group and cycling events, training rides, group rides and/or fun rides, whether formal and/or informal, that are organized and/or run by, and/or held under the auspices of,(“the cycling events and/or rides”) is entirely at my own risk and in the full appreciation of the inherent risks in such participation. I agree that neither any of its administrators, sponsors, ride and/or race marshals and/or officials, and/or committee and/or group members (“the Group and/or its administrators”) will be liable for any loss, mishap, injury, incapacity, disability, death and/or damage of whatsoever nature (the “Loss”) which may be suffered by me as a direct and/or indirect result of my participation in the cycling events and/or rides, regardless of whether or not the Loss is occasioned directly and/or indirectly by and/or through such participation and/or directly and/or indirectly by and/or through the acts and/or omissions of the Group and/or its administrators. I hereby waive and abandon my right to institute any claim and/or action against the Group and/or its administrators in respect of any Loss that I may sustain whilst participating in any of the cycling events and/or rides. I further agree that the Group and/or its administrators will not be liable to compensate me and/or any of my dependents for any Loss that may occur as a direct and/or indirect result of my participation in any of the cycling events and/or rides, and I hereby indemnify, and hold harmless, the Group and/or its administrators (as the case may be) against any claim that may be made against them by any party in respect of any Loss. I furthermore indemnify, and hold harmless, the Group and/or its administrators (as the case may be) against any claim which may be made against any of them by any party, arising directly and/or indirectly out of any loss, damage and/or injury caused directly and/or indirectly by me whilst participating in any of the cycling events and/or rides. The provisions of this waiver and indemnity shall be likewise binding upon my heirs, executors and/or administrators, as the case may be.



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