As a hobby cyclist for decades since the 1980’s have been one of the innovative “Middle Class” commuter cyclist in Mumbai where traffic and narrow roads make cycling a “EXTREME ADVENTURE SPORT” .Later over the decades having travelled to 62 Country’s across the Globe was happy to see the mileage hobby cycling has achieved in India in the Millenium.On Sunday(26/11/2017) visited the Nehru Center at Worli in Mumbai for the first exhibition on cycling called “INDIA CYCLING FESTIVAL”.
A Photo shoot with the Rs13,00,000 “CERVELO CYCLE”. If you thought cars and motorcycles cost a fortune among commuter vehicles then don’t be knocked out on the fact that this cycle exhibit costs only Rs 13,00,000 (Yes over a million rupees only) ! Celibrity cyclist Sir Chris .Hoy staring from the photo sponsors the brand of “DOLAN CYCLES” costing a few lakhs of rupees.
The Rs 7 Lakh + Cycle of Mr Pankaj.Malresha as a exhibit at the “First Indian Cycling Festival” at Nehru Centre.Mr Pankaj.Malresha is a “CYCLING ENTREPRENEUR” in Mumbai beside’s being a competitive cyclist himself and a winner of the Maharashtra State Chhatrapati Award.I purchased my “Fomas Cycle” from his father’s shop at Dadar costing a mere Rs 5000 in 2010.In 2017 Mr Pankaj.Malresha is now a director of his own cycle company called “Longshine “ which is a leading dealer in cycles that sells racer cycles costing lakhs of rupees. At his own ancestral cycle shop in Dadar normal cycles are sold for the common cyclist which includes me..“CYCLING” is no more a poor man’s tram\nsport but a expensive elite hobby of wealthy Mumbaikar’s considering the prices of cycles sold.Today in 2017 its difficult to get a decent gear racer cycle for below Rs 10,000.Recently in 2017 Mr Pankaj.Malresha copleted the “Race across America(RAAM)” with a relay team of 3 other cyclists who are Doctor’s by profession. Spoke to him personally and he said that it cost each cyclist Approx Rs 8 Lakhs in expences for the competition.Beside’s having the talent and stamina for long distance cycling a cyclist should also be wealthy to compete in International cycling competitions.
The “MERCEDES BENZ CYCLE” costing Rs 1,28,000 only on display along with the “MERCEDES BENZ” car ,
Prominent Cycle dealers of Mumbai had set up various exhibition stalls inside the Nehru Center hall and visitors were also allowed to test ride a few of the cycles. -I wonder what’s the cost of Salman Khan’s cycle ? CYCLING HAS COME A LONG WAY IN INDIA AND MUMBAI.
Various Cycle stalls and cycling accessories sold and exhibited in the exhibition.
Test riding a cycle at the exhibition.COSTS OF CYCLES RANGED FROM OVER Rs 10,000 TO LAKHS OF RUPEES !
For the first time in India “CUSTOMIZED INDIGENOIUS BAMBOO “ cycles on display and for sale costing upwards of Rs 1 lakh.The entire cycle frame is made of bamboo.
“CYCLING FOR A HEALTHY MIND IS PREFERRABLE TO VISITING A PSYCHOLOGIST” ! Witty T-shirts for sale at the exhibition.
Colonel Gokulnath Sriniwas of Nashik lecturing to the audience on his preperations,endurance training and team work in being the first Indian to successfully complete “RAAM (Race Across America)” in June 2017. The cycle race begins on the West Coast of U.S.A and ends on the east coast with the total distance completed being 5000 Kms .Thirty seven year old Sriniwas completed this toughest endurance cycle race on Earth in 11 days and 11 hours competing in the 18 – 49 years age group.The maximum time allotted to complete the race is 12 days.Colonel Gokulnath.Sriniwas who is a Medical officer with the Artillery centre in Nashik had failed in his first attempt in 2016
Colonel Gokulnath.Srinivasan is the first Indian to finish the race around America in the “SOLO” category titled “RACE ACROSS AMERICA 2017”.After listening to his lecture in the conference room of the exhibition was fortunate to have a photoshoot with this young adventurer who besides having “Cycling stamina” also managed to raise the colossal funds required for such a monumental feat. REMEMBER THAT UNLIKE CRICKET, CYCLING AS A SPORT IN INDIA DOES NOT RECEIVE MUCH MEDIA PUBLICITY OR CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP.
Shri Krishna.Prakash(I.P.S) Spl Inspector General of Police V.I.P Security is the first Indian civil servant to have successfully completed the “IRONMAN TRIATHLON “ competition on 27th August 2017..Here he is giving a discourse titled ” EXPERIENCES OF A TRIATHLON EXPERT” on his experiences and also tips for aspiring adveturer’s . In July 2017 Bollywood actor Mr Milind Soman , a household name in modelling and now endurance running brought the “IRONMAN TRIATHLON” into the imagination of the average Indian sports enthusiast by winning this toughest one day endurance race at the young age of only 50 years .He completed the endurance race in 15 hrs and 19 minutes.The “IRONMAN TRIATHLON” consists of a 2.4 mile ( 3.86 Kms) swim, a 112 milet (180.25 Kms) cycle ride and finally culiminating in a 26.22 mile(42.29 Km) Marathon to the finish line.Mr Krishna.Prakash competed in the “IRONMAN ” triathlon at Vichy in France completing the endurance race in 14 hrs and 8 minutes.The maximum time liminit for the entire course is 17 hours and participants who complete the race irrespective of timings are also given the title “Ironman” On more than one occasion during my daily cycling commute from my residence in Prabhadevi to “M/G/M/O” pool i have passed alongside Milin.Soman jogging incognito and should say that after Actor Kabir bedi he is the definition of the model “MAN” to my generation.
With Mr Bibhas Amonkar son of eminent Hindustani classical singer Late Mrs Kishori Amonkar who lives in my building and a wild life conservationist. At present Bibhas and his organization is involved in creating awareness of saving the Sahyadri mountains ecosystem by conducting cycling marathons in the mountains.In December they will be conducting a 1200 Km Cycle drive across the Sahyadri mountains.Reduce pollution by utilizing the “CYCLE” for commuting.As for me i have been cycling daily from my residence in Prabhadevi to M.G.M.O swimming pool since 2000 and happy to see that “CYCLING” as a fitness hobby elite status symbol and also as a commuter vehicle has come a long way in Mumbai after being labelled a “POOR MAN’s VEHICLE”. Did anyone in the 1990’s dream that a few “CYCLESHOPS” in Mumbai would be selling cycles ranging from a few thousand rupees to a million rupees ? All these cycles were on display at the “Nehru Center” .Its reality cycling hobby that has gripped India and Mumbai and wishing Bibhas Amonkar all success in their endeavour for conducting India’s equivalent to the “Tour de France” in the Sahyadri mountains of Western India./
The Grand finale to the day’s Cycling was “BMX STUNT RIDING” which is honestly still in its infancy as a sport in India let alone Mumbai.Returned back home enlightened and happy about the enthusiasm and progress of Commuter and Sports cycling in India and in Mumbai.