Pune: A group of city cyclists has taken up the cause of spreading awareness about various issues by cycling thousands of kilometres in a rigorous expedition.
Gajanan Khaire, Founder President of Indo Cyclist Club (ICC) along with Shankar Gadhve and Hajji Devnikar recently took up a cycling expedition from December 8 to 15 covering 1,638 km from Pune to Kanyakumari to spread awareness on affordable education and taking up cycling daily.
Their aim was to popularise cycling so that the government could provide cycle tracks, and private firms encourage their employees to cycle to office.
The trio covered four states - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu - in seven and half days. Khaire said, “We three, who are regular cyclists were eager to test our endurance levels. Our basic aim was to spread the message we carried."
On each day, the trio covered 200 km from 4.30 am to 8.30 pm in schedules. They stayed in Kolhapur, Dharwad, Chitradurga, Mysore, Calicut, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and finally Kanyakumari.
Gadhve said, “Even if cycling seems to be the toughest way to commute, once started it makes your body cycle-friendly and also it reduces pollution. Some techies have started commuting to work by cycle. The most dangerous terrain covered by us was Bandipur Tiger forest reserve which was 15 to 20km. It being a reserve area any wild animal could attack a person as they move about freely. But we covered it in an hour safely which was our greatest achievement.”
The trio covered this expedition without any support on road. Devnikar said, “We want to draw attention to issues of the corrupt education system, healthy living, saving natural environment and promote cycling.”