Pune: Aimed at putting the residents of Pune back on the pedal and to revive the city’s glorious past of being called the capital city of cycles, Champ Endurance—India’s one of the most dedicated sports event companies promoting and organising high-endurance sports like Marathons, Triathlons and Cyclothons, at the national level.
The Pune Cyclothon Season 2 is being organised in association with Finolex Pipes on February 26.
The event would be conducted over four distances—10km, 25km, 50km and 100km. The 10km event has been named Joy ride, while the women’s 25km event is being called pink pedalling. There would be three other categories for men 25km, 50km and 100km. Participants can register on www.champendurance.com website.
The entry fee for the event is Rs 999, informed Mr. Ravindra Wani, the Race organiser.
Every participant would get a cycling jersey, sling bag with exciting goodies and on course hydration support. There are finishers’ medals up for grab too.
In a unique measure the organisers have decided to provide customised BIB and timing chip to the participants, except those competing in the 10km event.
“We want to bring back Pune’s prestige as a Cycling City,” said Mr. Wani.
The initiative is aimed at reviving cycling as a mode of daily commute.‘ Metro network allows cycles; hence cyclists can travel longer distances.
”Presently besides the fitness enthusiasts. The genuine users of cycles are students who travel to school, paper delivery boys, milkmen, postmen, small level hawkers, or other people who cannot afford any type of motorized vehicles.
The idea is to get people from varied strata of life to get hooked on cycling.” Reflected Wani.
“Look at the developed countries where the commuters have the buying capacity but still choose to use the most efficient Human powered device—bicycle,” said Mr Krishna Prakash, IPS and honourary Race Director and himself an Ironman finisher.