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mhap­pens three times a year in Jan­uary, April or Au­gust, and more than 200 like­minded loonies get to­gether and take on what is prob­a­bly one of the most ad­ven­tur­ous trips there is. There are three events each year, ei­ther head­ing from Cochin to Jaisalmer, or Jaisalmer to Cochin, but the bits in be­tween are where the ad­ven­ture is-you can make it as dif­fi­cult as you like, ei­ther by dodg­ing trucks on the ocean high­way, like the avatar from a 1980s video game, or (which they sug­gest) by head­ing in­land to get lost in the jun­gles, moun­tains, deserts, back roads, and re­mote vil­lages of ru­ral

In­dia. They've found the best way to do it is to pro­vide you with a start line, and a fin­ish line, and let you de­cide the rest for your­selves - that way you don't end up in each other's laps un­less you re­ally want to. Plan­ning your own route gives you the free­dom to go at your own pace, and take in the sites that in­ter­est you. Want to look for tigers, rhi­nos and ele­phants in the na­ture re­serves? Go for it. Want to check out hill­top tem­ples and hid­den yoga re­treats? Why not? Pre­fer to do a lo­cal home­s­tay and cook with a lo­cal fam­ily? Good call. The rick­shaw is the per­fect tool to take you to your def­i­ni­tion of ad­ven­ture.

The rick­shaws, or tuk-tuks, if you like, are, tech­ni­cally speak­ing, glo­ri­fied lawn­mow­ers de­signed for short trips on sealed roads. Mil­lions of them ply the towns and cities of In­dia as ur­ban taxis, and sen­si­ble peo­ple'II tell you they're to­tally un­suit­able for long-dis­tance ad­ven­tures. Those peo­ple are right... and yet so, so wrong. You see, they

don't go very fast, they don't go round cor­ners very well, and they're not renowned for their abil­ity to go up hills (which, given where you're go­ing, can be 'in­ter­est­ing'), but they bring a huge smile to the face - point yours at moun­tains, deserts, of­froad tracks or hec­tic high­ways, and ex­pe­ri­ence over­land ad­ven­tur­ing so good it'll make you do a happy wee.

With a tail­wind, head­ing down­hill (and with the gods of ad­ven­ture on your side), you can reach speeds ri­valling a very brisk walk. They have a foot brake, and a twist-grip throt­tle/gear-change so they're not like driv­ing a car or rid­ing a 'bike, and you'd be hard pushed to say they pro­tect you from the el­e­ments (be­cause they don't). If you want to know more, look up the video on YouTube 'Rick­shaws Ex­plained: Quite Badly, by an Id­iot'.

The en­try fee is per team, and you can squeeze up to three peo­ple in a rick­shaw, and that means, for ex­am­ple, the Jan­uary 2021 run, which costs £1,895 per rick­shaw, will cost you each £630 (plus flights and stuff), while the April 2021 costs £1,945 per rick­shaw (£650 plus flights, etc.). For that, you get your very own rick­shaw for two weeks, two days of test driv­ing, your rick­shaw pimped/painted to your own de­sign by real artists be­fore you ar­rive, mas­sive par­ties at the start and fin­ish, plenty of pre-launch shenani­gans, me­chan­i­cal lessons, and a bunch of other stuff that'd make this sen­tence re­ally,

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he idea for the record at­tempts was in­spired by his kids, Aliya and Callen, who sug­gested that he en­ter the Par­a­lympics, but he felt that that may be a bit out of his com­fort zone, but go­ing fast on a bike? That was more doable ....

He bought a ZZR1400 Kawasaki, a 2006 one, be­cause it was one of the fastest stock ma­chines avail­able, along­side Suzuki's Hayabusa, and 'cos he liked the sculpted look of it, and shortly af­ter­wards spoke to Steve at Casarva in Peter­bor­ough about them trik­ing it for him. Af­ter sev­eral calls, he still hadn't sworn or laughed out loud at the idea, which Gary took to be a pos­i­tive sign. A visit was planned, and a plan was made but, due to Casarva's good rep­u­ta­tion, and hence ac­com­pa­ny­ing work­load, they wouldn't be able to start on it for a cou­ple of months, so he went home and set about col­lect­ing all the parts he was go­ing to need.

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