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67-year-old cyclist sets out for 3600 kms K2K expedition

Post by on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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Srinagar, Oct 25: Mohinder Singh Bharaj, a 67-year-old veteran cyclist athlete from Nashik, Maharashtra on Monday morning set out for 3600 kilometers Kashmir to Kanyakumari (K2K) solo cycling expedition under the theme “Race against Age” here at historic Ghantaghar (Clock Tower) Lal chowk, Srinagar.
The solo cycling expedition was flagged off by Director Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir, also President Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Adventure Club (JKMAC) Mahmood Ahmad Shah.
Shah while speaking on the occasion called the expedition a historic movement that a veteran athlete is attempting to set a record.
The veteran cyclist from Nashik, Maharashtra is aiming to complete the expedition, under the theme 'Race Against Age', in around 12 days by pedaling for around 16 to 18 hours daily.
 The athlete began the ride at 7:10 am from the clock tower and is expected to reach Pathankot, Punjab in the first leg.
Bharaj has registered with World Ultra Cycling Association (WUCA), USA for the 65 to 70 years age group to set the record to complete the 3600 kilometers stretch via Srinagar, Udhampur, Ludhiana, Delhi, Gwalior, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kanyakumari.
The time taken by him to reach Kanyakumari will be a new record in the 65 to 70 years age category by WUCA.
The current Guinness Book of World Record in Open Category is held by 23-year-old Kashmiri Athlete Adil Teli who completed the same distance in just eight days, one hour, 37 minutes.
The youngest cyclist to hold the record for the fastest K2K journey is Om Mahajan, from Nashik, who took 8 days 7 hours, when he was about to become 18 year old.
Speaking at the occasion, Mohinder Singh Bharaj said he wants to send out a message that age is just a number and one should believe in staying fit and healthy without thinking of the age.
 “I named the expedition as "Race Against Age ''. Mostly, people retire at 40 or 45 and stop outdoor activities. But there is no age bar for maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” he said, adding that as a senior citizen, he is still involved in physical exercises such as Cycling, Gymnasium, Strength training, and intermittent running.
The other members of crew who will accompany Bharaj during this expedition are Bharaj’s son Sukhdeep Singh, Cyclist and Cycle maintenance expert, Kishor Kale, Prem, physiotherapist Dr Mustafa Topiwala and Cyclist Venugopal.
Bharaj also set out in many expeditions in the past which include continuous cycling from Pune to Goa, 643 kilometers in less than 34 hours in 2017 and became the only cyclist from India, above 60 years, to qualify for Race Across America (RAAM).
In 2019 he along with one more cyclist rode in relay format visited Panch Takht (five holy Gurudwara) from Nashik to Nanded to Patna to Punjab.
Earlier in 2014, he cycled 1000 km Cycling Brevet in just 64 hours from Delhi to Wagah border and back to Delhi.

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