Hotchillee

NEWS

Riding 21,000km round a 100m loop

2020 was a tough year for a whole number of reasons and, for many cyclists, it was Zwift, RGT and other virtual cycling platforms that kept us fit and sane. However, in India, friend of Hotchillee Prateek Gupta was forced to find a different way to get his two wheel fix and rode a large proportion of an impressive yearly tally of 21,000km round a 100m loop.

Have you always been a cyclists?

No, I only started to cycle in 2018 and it was primarily a way to get into the office. I was also about 90kgs then so wanted to lose some weight and gain some fitness. My commute was about 9km but, as I got fitter, I then started riding further and exploring my city. I joined some group rides with friends and, in 2019, managed to log about 27,000km. 

But then, in early 2021, COVID hit but you were still determined to keep riding.

Yes and the lockdown in Indian was really strict. At the start we weren’t allowed to go out at all for cycling but I made the most of things doing HIIT sessions in my home which was a real boost for my fitness. 

On the first phase of relaxation, I was then able to ride a 100m loop within my compound and, on that loop, I completed many rides of 50km and even as far as 70km. 

 

21,000km round a 100m loop!

When our restrictions lifted more, I was then able to get back out on rides further afield and into our local hills. I completed my longest ride of the year, 215km, on the 27th December and brought my annual total over 21,000km. 

The hardest thing was to keep my mind focussed when riding round and round that 100m loop. I also had a little of fear once I started riding further I could be putting myself and my family at risk of infection. 

You live in the north of India, that makes for some hilly riding!

Yes, I live in Chandigarh, which is right by the Himachal Pradesh state. It’s an extremely beautiful but mountainous area and it’s really easy to log 1500m of climbing even on a relatively short ride without really looking for climbs. 

So, are you going to be taking it easy in 2021?

No. This year I was wanting to combine running with my cycling and I started doing both in January but then I had some health issues that meant I had to ease back on the running but I could still cycle. So, my targets for 2021 are a minimum of 15-20,000km of cycling and 2021km of running. 

What do you love about cycling?

I love the motivation and the fitness that it gives me but also meeting and riding with friends. 

What tips would you give to someone starting cycling?

It’s all about consistency. It doesn’t matter how far you do each ride as long as you do it regularly and slowly build it up. I started with my 9km commute daily and that got longer as I got fitter and started exploring. I’d then ride 50km before going into the office and just built from there. 

Do you ride on road and off-road?

Yes. I mainly ride on the road but I try to get out on the trails with a group about twice each month. 

Is cycling as a sport becoming popular in India?

Yes, definitely. There are more clubs and events being organised and more provisions, such as cycle lanes, being built to encourage people to ride. 

And finally, having spent much of 2020 cycling around a 100m loop, if you could ride anywhere in the world where would it be?

I’ve never ridden outside of India yet but I’d love one day to ride some of the classic climbs and roads of the Tour de France. 

Follow Prateek on Strava PRATEEK GUPTA #LAPIERRE

Hotchillee Prateek Gupta

SHARE

CAPE ROULEUR 2025

Let us have your details below to be contacted about Cape Rouleur 2025.

CAPE ROULEUR 2025
I'm interested in..
Join the Hotchillee Mailing list?

SRI LANKA

Let us have your details below to be contacted about our Pioneer Event in mid / late 2024. Places will be limited. 

Sri Lanka 2024
Would you liked to sign up for the Hotchillee newsletter?

LONDON-PARIS ROAD 2024

Notify me if places become available.

LONDON-PARIS 2024 - Road cancellation list
Would you like to be added to the Hotchillee mailing list?

LONDON-PARIS 2024 - GRAVEL

Let us have your details and we’ll contact you with more information and let you know as soon as general registration opens.

LONDON-PARIS 2024 Gravel Pre-Register
Would you liked to sign up for the Hotchillee newsletter?

Register your interest for 2024

Ekoi Stone Circle 2024
Would you liked to sign up for the Hotchillee newsletter?

LONDON-PARIS 2024

Let us have your details and we’ll let you know as soon as general registration opens.

LONDON-PARIS 2024

Girona Rendezvous 2024

Notify me when places become available.

Girona Rendevous 2024

EKOI STONE CIRCLE MEDIA ENTRY

If you’re a content creator, photographer or videographer and would like to enter on a media place please let us have the following information and we’ll be in touch.

Sign up to the Hotchillee newsletter to get the latest news on rides, events and community activities

PRIORITY ENTRY

Register for priority entry and be contacted 24 hours before general registration opens.

Cape Rouleur Pre-Register

Cape Rouleur Pre-Register

Surface Type

stay up to date

Fill out your details below to be contacted about our next Explorer gravel adventure.

Sign up to the Hotchillee newsletter to get the latest news on rides, events and community activities
previous arrow
Endurathon
Endurathon
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (35)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (33)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (26)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (5)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (32)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (1)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (23)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (26)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (16)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (15)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (7)
PlayPause
next arrow
Endurathon
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (35)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (33)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (26)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (5)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (32)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (1)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (23)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (26)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (16)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (15)
stone-circle-cycling-hot-chilli (7)
previous arrow
next arrow

Stone Circle 2023

Let us have your info before and we’ll contact you as soon as entries for 2023 open.

Stone Circle Pre-Register

Stone Circle Pre-Register

Sign up to Hotchillee newsletters to get the latest news on events and cycling community

NOTIFY ME WHEN 2023 Entry OPENS

LONDON-PARIS 2023 entry will open on 2 August 2022. Fill out the form below to be notified when entries are available.

Road or Gravel (select option)
Would you liked to sign up for the Hotchillee newsletter?

Register now for your 2023 Entry

Register for 7-day priority access to enter The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2023.

You’ll also be entered into a prize draw for 2 x tickets to the Tour de France 2023 route launchon 27th October 2022 at Palais des Congrès, Paris.

Your priority access will start on Tuesday 26 July 2022. We’ll be in touch then, keep an eye on your emails, or the Hotchillee companion app.

Friday 23 June: Festival Fort / Sign On

Please let us know what time you plan on arriving on Friday for Sign On. This is when you collect your rider number. The Festival Fort will be open all afternoon with a live DJ, a 35km social gravel ride from the Lauf stand at 14:14, Rider Welcome at 17:00 and free pizza and beer from 18:00:
For those not able to Sign On on Friday the registration desk will be open for 30 mins from 05:00 - 05:30 on Saturday morning. Signing On on Saturday will delay your start and should be avoided.

Saturday 24 June: Arrival

For those who have not booked camping, access to the site will not be available before 04:00. This is when the gate to the car park will open. The start line is open from 05:00-06:00. If you’re driving please arrive set up and ready so there’s minimal faff. For us to manage traffic flow please let us know how you will be arriving:
Girona Rendevous

Girona Rendevous

Notify me when entries for 2023 become available

previous arrow
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
Video Slide
PlayPlay
20220724TDF1058-A.S.O. Charly Lopez
20220724TDF1041-A.S.O. Charly Lopez
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
PlayPause
next arrow
Video Slide
20220724TDF1058-A.S.O. Charly Lopez
20220724TDF1041-A.S.O. Charly Lopez
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - Hotchillee
previous arrow
next arrow

cancellation waiting list

The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 road route has sold out. Join the waiting list to be contacted when cancelled places become available. 

The LONDON-PARIS by Tour de France 2022 - road route waiting list
previous arrow
THE LONDON_PARIS by Tour de France hospitality
20200920TDF1031-A.S.O._Pauline_Ballet
20200920TDF1010-A.S.O._Pauline_Ballet
20190728TDF2022-A.S.O._Thomas_MAHEUX (1)
THE LONDON_PARIS by Tour de France hospitality
20200920TDF1031-A.S.O._Pauline_Ballet
20200920TDF1010-A.S.O._Pauline_Ballet
20190728TDF2022-A.S.O._Thomas_MAHEUX (1)
PlayPause
next arrow
THE LONDON_PARIS by Tour de France hospitality
20200920TDF1031-A.S.O._Pauline_Ballet
20200920TDF1010-A.S.O._Pauline_Ballet
20190728TDF2022-A.S.O._Thomas_MAHEUX (1)
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
PlayPause
next arrow
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
bell tent 4
bell tent 5
bell tent 6
Bell tent
PlayPause
next arrow
bell tent 4
bell tent 5
bell tent 6
Bell tent
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Wild Cycles Bell tent
Wild Cycles Bell tent
PlayPause
next arrow
Wild Cycles Bell tent
Wild Cycles Bell tent
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Acorn tent sleeps two with bedding (1)
Acorn tent sleeps two with bedding (1)
Acorn tent sleeps two with bedding (1)
Acorn tent sleeps two with bedding (1)
PlayPause
next arrow
Acorn tent sleeps two with bedding (1)
Acorn tent sleeps two with bedding (1)
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
PlayPause
next arrow
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
London Great Gravel Get Away Pod Tents
previous arrow
next arrow

GLEN WHITTINGTON

Glen is usually behind the scenes making sure that the Hotchillee Ride Captains and event participants have fully functioning bicycles to ride but he occasionally makes an appearance in front of the camera to share his wisdom. If he’s not fixing or building bikes he’ll be out riding in #SweetSussex. If you want to know anything about Cyclocross, Glen is the man to ask.

Website: www.aeightbikeco.com

Instagram: @aeightracer

NIK COOK

Consultant with British Cycling and author of the Road Cycling Performance Manual. Lover of cobbles, gravel and Siberian Pine – not so keen on climbs! Nik is the author of all of the Hotchillee Training Plans, Zwift workout files and regularly posts tips and advice on the Hotchillee app. He’s also the evil genius behind the now infamous Hotchillee Gain Train.

Twitter: @nikalascook

Instagram: @nikalascook

ADELE SMYTH

Adele has worked within the health and fitness industry for over 25 years starting with a ballet and dance background herself, she has progressed to training and teaching all styles of fitness and offers Pilates, barre & yoga. As a keen runner, Adele appreciates the need for a strong healthy body and mind and incorporates many elements of Pilates, yoga and barre into her own training to ensure her strength and stamina remain.

Website: www.purebodybyadele.co.uk

Instagram: @purebodybyadele

previous arrow
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
PlayPause
next arrow
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
Hotchillee the ridgeway off road
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
PlayPause
next arrow
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
Hill Climb Champs Weekend - Peak District, Hotchillee
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
London Great Gravel Escape-2
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape 4
London Great Gravel Escape 2
London Great Gravel Escape-3
London Great Gravel Escape
Beer London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape 4
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape-11
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape 8
London Great Gravel Escape 2
London Great Gravel Escape-3
London Great Gravel Escape
Beer London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape 4
LGGE10
London Great Gravel Escape
PlayPause
next arrow
London Great Gravel Escape-11
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape 8
London Great Gravel Escape 2
London Great Gravel Escape-3
London Great Gravel Escape
Beer London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape
London Great Gravel Escape 4
LGGE10
London Great Gravel Escape
previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
alpine-challenge (8)
alpine-challenge (7)
alpine-challenge (4)
alpine-challenge (25)
alpine-challenge (21)
alpine-challenge (18)
alpine-challenge (5)
alpine-challenge (16)
alpine-challenge (15)
alpine-challenge (14)
alpine-challenge (10)
alpine-challenge (9)
PlayPause
next arrow
alpine-challenge (8)
alpine-challenge (7)
alpine-challenge (4)
alpine-challenge (25)
alpine-challenge (21)
alpine-challenge (18)
alpine-challenge (5)
alpine-challenge (16)
alpine-challenge (15)
alpine-challenge (14)
alpine-challenge (10)
alpine-challenge (9)
previous arrow
next arrow

REQUEST A CALLBACK

    Please include the country code at the start e.g (UK) 44773477598

    Thank you for your request!

    We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    previous arrow
    01.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    02.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    03.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    04.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    PlayPause
    next arrow
    01.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    02.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    03.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    04.Rollercoaster_Rocacorba_venue
    previous arrow
    next arrow
    previous arrow
    01.Rollercoaster_villa
    02.Rollercoaster_villa
    03.Rollercoaster_villa
    04.Rollercoaster_villa
    PlayPause
    next arrow
    01.Rollercoaster_villa
    02.Rollercoaster_villa
    03.Rollercoaster_villa
    04.Rollercoaster_villa
    previous arrow
    next arrow
    previous arrow
    01London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    02London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    03London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    04London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    PlayPause
    next arrow
    01London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    02London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    03London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    04London_Paris_Paris_Hotel
    previous arrow
    next arrow
    previous arrow
    02London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    03London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    04London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    01London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    PlayPause
    next arrow
    02London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    03London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    04London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    01London_Paris_Amiens_Hotel
    previous arrow
    next arrow
    previous arrow
    01Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
    02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel-1
    02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
    PlayPause
    next arrow
    01Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel
    02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel-1
    02Alpine_Challenge_Megve_Hotel