Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya cycled from Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru to Kolar for 75 kilometres ‘Cycle 2 Freedom Ride’, to commemorate the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’
As per press release from the MP, flagging off the ride at 7 am, 450 riders including Surya, rode the distance in under 5 hours. The programme saw active participation from the city’s cycling community. S Muniswamy, the Kolar MO, also joined the ride from Narsapura on the border between the two cities.
More than 300 riders took part in the 7.5 kilometre fun ride, also a part of the ‘Cycle 2 Freedom’ event. In all, 750 riders took part in the event.
“The Cycle 2 Freedom ride is a celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav called in by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Surya said. “India’s sporting culture and fitness lifestyle have undergone a sea of change under Modi’s leadership. Be it World Yoga day, Fit India Movement or the Olympics campaign, the Government has encouraged community participation in making its sporting ecosystem flourish. The Cycle 2 Freedom ride is an event which brings the community together and encourages citizens to stay fit, healthy and active,” he added.
The two elected representatives Surya and Muniswamy flagged off the ride in presence of other guests of honour liek Dr KY Vnekatesh, a Padmashri awardee of his work in promoting Para Sports, Anand, a para athlete who has won laurels for India, and others. The event was also streamed live on Surya’s social media platforms to inspire a wider audience to take up fitness drills.
Decathlon, Fast & Up, Jayant Probikes and Fitness, Firefox, Bangalore Randonneurs, Rekard and Nithya Niranthara Seva Trust extended their support for the event.
(With inputs from ANI)