'Race Against Age': Veteran Maharashtra cyclist sets out for 3600 kms K2K expedition from Srinagar

Mahmood Shah flags off the race

Mahmood Shah flags off the race

Srinagar, Oct 25 (KNS): Director Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir Mahmood A Shah Monday morning flagged off Kashmir to Kanyakumari (K2K) solo cycling expedition of 67-year-old athlete Mohinder Singh Bharaj at historic Ghantaghar in Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

The veteran cyclist from Nashik, Maharashtra is planning to complete the expedition, under the theme 'Race Against Age', in around 12 days by pedalling for around 16 to 18 hours daily.

The athlete began the ride at 7:10 am from clock tower and is expected to reach at Pathankot, Punjab in the first leg.

Bharaj has registered with World UltraCycling Association, USA for the 65 to 70 years age group to set the record to complete the 3600 kms 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 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. As a senior citizen, I am still involved in physical exercises such as Cycling, Gymnasium, Strength training, and intermittent running.”

Sukhdeep Singh (son), Kishor Kale (Cyclist and Cycle Maintenance expert), Prem, Dr Mustafa Topiwala (Physiotherapist), Venugopal (Cyclist) are other crew members who will accompany him during the expedition.

Past Achievement

In the year 2017, he cycled continuous Pune to Goa, 643 kms in less than 34 hours and became the only cyclist from India, above 60 years, to qualify for RAAM (Race Across America).

Earlier in 2014, Mohinder Singh Bharaj cycled 1000 km Cycling Brevet in just 64 hours from Delhi to Wagah border and back to Delhi.

Recently in 2019, he along with one more cyclist rode in relay format visited Panch Takht (5 holy Gurudwara from Nashik to Nanded to Patna to Punjab.

Speaking on the occasion, President JKMAAC Mahmood A Shah said this is a historic movement that a veteran athlete is attempting to set the record. (KNS)

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