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Bandra gears up for a no-car day

Amit Bhowmik (32) cycles nearly 60 km a day, and on weekends, he goes out of town for 200-km rides.

mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2010 01:48 IST
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Amit Bhowmik (32) cycles nearly 60 km a day, and on weekends, he goes out of town for 200-km rides. But on Sunday, he’ll still be participating in the 24-km Amateur Ride of what will be the largest cyclothon to be held in the city.

“The distance is not even a warm-up ride for me,” said Bhowmik, founder of cyclists.in, an online forum for city cyclists. But the entrepreneur is thrilled at the thought of riding on the sea link. “For many of us, riding on the sea link is a dream. I don’t even mind walking with my bicycle through the entire stretch, so that I can experience the sea link,” he said.

The BSA Hercules India Cyclothon will be held on Sunday and more than 5,000 Mumbaiites are expected to take part in four non-competitive categories — the Amateur and Corporate rides (24 km each), the Green Ride (12 km) and the Tata Kids Ride for children between 8 to 13 years (2 km). The first two rides will include the 5.7-km stretch of the Bandra-Worli sea link in their routes.

While nine-year-old Sindhura Nag Padakandla won’t get to ride on the sea link, she is excited about participating in the Tata Kids ride with her classmates. Padakandla’s school, Ryan International, Nerul, is sending a batch of children for the event. “I am the only girl who’s participating from my school,” said Padakandla who cycles twice a week near her Navi Mumbai residence.

Teams from several corporations including the Mumbai dabbawalas, Art of Living organisation and the Trident Hotel (in Bandra Kurla) will participate in the Amateur and Corporate rides whose routes include the 5.7-km stretch of the Bandra-Worli sea link. More than 300 Mumbai dabbawalas, have also signed up for the Corporate Ride.

The event organised by Sports 18, ID Sports and bicycle makers BSA Hercules will have Feed Station areas where water and medical aid will be provided. Cyclists can also get their cycles repaired there. To download the handbook with the routes of all three rides and to register, visit www.bsaherculescyclothon.in.com. The registration for these rides ends on Saturday at 8 pm.