Biking or Cycling has been gaining popularity for quite some time. It is an eco-friendly method of transport, has immense health benefits and enables quite a bit of sight seeing, as you progress on the cycling roads. It is not only a raging sport but also a leisure and fun activity for those who indulge in it.
The recent popularity and awareness about it is a result of emerging Bikers’ clubs. One such club is Cochin Bikers’ club and they have recently awarded three amateur riders the title of Super Randonneurs, that is riders who have completed 1,500 km in a year, in four rides—200, 300, 400 and 600 kms.
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Joseph Nixon, Leju K.D. and Jayaprasad K.G,. three residents from Kochi , recently completed the feat with a 600km ride done in 40 hours and won the title. It makes them eligible for participating in prestigious events like Paris-Brest-Paris Ride of 1230 km or London-Edinburgh-London of 1400 km or the Boston-Montreal-Boston of 1200 km.
Mr. Liju is 50 and he runs a hotel in N. Parvur. He cycles daily after he is done with his work. He has recently bought a gear bike as well for his long rides. His family pitches in and helps run the hotel when he goes for loner cycle rides.
Mr. Nixon is 37 years old from Nettoor and runs a carpentry workshop there. He started cycling as an exercise after being diagnosed with high blood sugar. He came in contact with CBC and started doing the 200 km long rides (Brevets), after which his health has improved drastically.
And finally, 50-year old Mr. Jayaprasad works at CMFRI and cycles to work daily. He says that it just takes him 25 minutes, whereas it could take up to 40 minutes in any motor vehicle. He has been cycling for leisure for very long but seldom found the same passion that he had. It has changed with time.
Shagzil Khan, the co-ordinator of Brevet Events for the Cochin Bikers’ club told The Hindu, “For persons like Nixon, Leju and Jayaprasad, who are not professional riders, the fact that they attempted a super randonneur and successfully completed it is a feat.”
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