Hordes of helmeted, focused and determined cyclists converged at the Gateway of India on Saturday morning after a one-and-a-half-hour long ride. From Bandra to Apollo Bunder and everything in between, a group of 85 cyclists, kitted out in cycling gear, from the Bandra Cycle Club rode as part of the cycling initiative on No TV Day.
“In spite of it being a working day we had a great turnout,” said Vishal Sharma, 42, a founder member of Bandra Cycle Club. “It was a great ride, with everyone riding together in a formation.”
Participants ranged in age from 13 years to 50-plus, riding both from Bandra to Gateway, as well as all the way back.
“I’m very passionate about cycling, there is this great thrill about it,” said Chinmaya Dighe, 14, one of the younger participants. “Instead of watching TV today, I will cycle some more in the evening, with my friends in the neighbourhood.”
Meeta Manghnani, 55, who usually rides for exercise on Carter Road decided to try something more challenging on No TV Day.
“I love cycling. I could do it all day,” said Manghnani, whose No TV Day began with the cycle and continued with meeting friends over lunch and dinner.
The pleasant weather and the open roads were part of the early morning excitement for riders whizzing through the city on wheels.
“It was really awesome,” said Mihir Parmar, 30. “I have always been an avid cyclist. Riding alone has a certain pleasure, and so does riding with a group.”