Kashmir to Kanyakumari: Pune cyclists dedicate India adventure to deceased fellow rider Ajay Padval
The girls started their ride on November 30 and reached Kanyakumari on January 3. They travelled over 4,000 km, through Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.pune Updated: Jan 24, 2018 14:57 IST
Two city cyclists, Sayali Maharao and Pooja Budhawale, cycled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 35 days and dedicated the ride to their friend and fellow cyclist Ajay Padval, who lost his life in Leh six months back
Sayali and Pooja cycled to raise pollution awareness and spread the 'beti bachao, beti padhao' (BBBP) government scheme.
Most importantly they dedicated this feat to their friend and fellow rider Ajay Padwal who lost his life in an accident at Khardung La in Leh, six months ago.
“Ajay was super enthusiastic and we will always miss him. The most touching moment was when his parents told us that they are living Ajay’s life though our achievement,” said Sayali.
The girls started their ride on November 30 and reached Kanyakumari on January 3. They travelled over 4,000 km, through Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Sayali, 19, is from Thane and is pursuing her graduation from Shahu college in Pune, while 23-year-old Pooja has a diploma in tours and travels. The girls pedalled 100km-120km daily. On the route, they addressed girl students at different locations and shared their cycling experiences.
“The most challenging part was in Maharashtra as we had to tackle various ghat sections like Bor and Khambatki,” said Pooja.
The girls received a huge welcome from different cycling groups, schools and other cycling enthusiasts. Several cyclists rode with them for short distances giving them back-up support.
“We would like to thank them all. Their enthusiasm was the most encouraging and motivating and that was the reason we managed to complete the task without any issue,” said Sayali.
City cyclists pedal Kashmir to Kanyakumari
- Pune’s college students Jaideep Shinde and Sanket Deshmukh completed the task in 27 days in 2013. They later on also completed the Assam to Gujarat expedition in 2015.
- Moshi resident Santosh Holi, cycled 3,700km in just 23 days in 2014. This earned Holi an entry in the Limca Book of Records, India, for the fastest North-South India solo expedition on a single-speed bicycle.
- Satish Patil, along with his wife Jagruti and 14-year-old daughter Sai, completed the 3,400-km journey within 30 days in 2017.