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IAF woman officers embark on Himalayan cycling expedition

IANS   July 14, 2014
First Published: 00:36 IST(14/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:38 IST(14/7/2014)

Pathankot: An Indian Air Force all-women officers’ team on Sunday embarked on a month-long cycling expedition from here to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, an official statement said.

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The nine-member expedition team is led by wing commander Bhavna Mehra.

The team will cover a total of 1,500 km through tough Himalayan terrain running at altitudes above 12,000 ft, unpredictable weather and temperatures that fall below the freezing point.  The statement said the expedition is planned to be completed in 29 days.

Divided in three laps, the expedition involves  acclimatisation of the team members to the mountainous terrain in the first two laps of the journey.

The expedition, named ‘Kshitij se Pare’ (Beyond horizon), was flagged off by air commodore Ashok Shiragannavar, commanding officer of the Air Force station, Pathankot.

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