May 2012: Hesaraghatta 55: Loop around the Lake Populaire

The Ride

Hesaraghatta is
a man-made lake in the North-West of Bangalore and one of its greenest spots. This randonnée takes you to the lake and around it in a loop. You'll ride through lovely rural roads which pass through grape farms and mango orchards. The ride is about 55km.

Like a brevet, this populaire is a completely self-supported ride to be completed in a fixed time. A populaire is usually of a distance less than 200K. Note that brevets and populaires are not competitive rides.

Ride Summary

Date: May 19th, 2012, 06:00 AM -- Registration formalities start at 05:30AM
Start: Indian Institute of Science Gymkhana Gate, Yeshwantpur
End: Indian Institute of Science Centenary Gate, New BEL Road
Distance: 55km
Time limit: 3 hours 45 minutes

Please note that the road between Mariamma Circle in Malleshwaram and C N R Rao Circle is closed. Please approach via Mekhri Circle if you're coming from South Bangalore.

The ride is open to all cyclists regardless of their affiliation.

Online registration for the populaires is FREE.

However, if you register on the spot at the venue, a surcharge of INR 50 will be applied since we'd like to minimize the inconvenience of handling on-the-spot registrations.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the rules and regulations for a randonnée.

Since this is a daylight ride, the following rules are relaxed for this ride:
  1. You do not need to wear a reflective vest.
  2. You need not possess front or rear lights. If you do, however, they must meet the regulations.

Registration Information

You can register online using RRBM. Online registrations are free. Online registrations close automatically on May 20, 2011, 6PM.

You will need to sign a waiver at the start.

You can see the current list of registrants here.

Please note on-the-spot registrations at the venue will attract a surcharge of INR 50 since we'd like to minimize the inconvenience of handling on-the-spot registrations.


Surface: Roads are in good to excellent shape for most of the route. One section of about 1km has a wide sandy dirt road. A 7km section has roads in fair shape, with a very poor stretch for 10metre. Roads are split about 75:25 between narrow and two-laned.

Traffic: Roads have very low traffic, even on SH-39 to Hesaraghatta. However, you may find the occasional heavy vehicle (BMTC buses) on the route. Some roads (about 5km) in the end have medium to heavy traffic.

Terrain: Here is the elevation profile generated from the GPX by for the route:

Hesaraghatta 55 Loop around the Lake Populaire 2011 Route

For a GPX you can analyze, see this attachments.

Please note map and GPX are provided for convenience only. The cue-sheet is the only official route guide.

Cue Sheet

The cue-sheet is available both in HTML and PDF versions (attached to the cue-sheet page).  You may prefer the HTML form if you would like to reformat it in case the PDF has small fonts.

Please bring the cue-sheet printed with you for the ride, we may have a limited number of cue-sheets to give out.


Draft results are now available. Please send corrections to the organizers before May 22.


After the Populaire


After the Populaire
Subpages (1): Results