The India Bike Week started its Chai and Pakoda ride from Kolkata with over 30 biker groups such as Chakra, D4A, Kolkata Riders, Kbikers, TeamRollers, Gallivant Bikers, Highway Pandits, BFR, Eastern Bulls, Bengal Lady Bikers and Riders Of The Liberty present. The 150km to Ahura Dabha on NH2 marks the beginning of a biking journey which will lead up to the formal event in Goa from 17-18 January.
From Pulsars to Harleys, the ride saw all sorts of machines turn up.
Speaking on the occasion, Martin da Costa, CEO of 70 EMG said, "We’re organizing Chai and Pakoda rides in 20 cities across India to bring riders together as a Brotherhood regardless of what they ride. Chai & Pakoda welcomes all bikers, and in Kolkata on Sunday we hit a record of over 300 guys and girls riding out together on their favourite machines. It is the start of what will lead up to the second edition of one of India’s biggest ever Festivals – India Bike Week ’14."
Keertan Adyanthaya, managing director, Fox International Channels said, "Last year, the Chai and Pakoda rides were organised in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Shillong, Kochi and Bangalore and the participation was over-whelming. This year we expect that the participation will increase in leaps and bounds with every city."