Bangalore to play host to India’s largest cycling event ever
Bangalore is all set to play host India’s largest cycling event ever. Registrations are open for participation in the BSA Hercules India Cyclothon which is being held on 23 January 2011.
BSA Hercules India Cyclothon, which is India's largest mass mobilization cycling event, will be held along with Sport18 and TI Cycles on 23 January 2011. The event will have participants from all walks of life including amateur cyclists, cycling enthusiasts, working professionals, housewives and school children. The Cyclothon aims to reinforce a cycling momentum in the city and establish that few other activities can match this on the fitness and environment consciousness parameter. And in this era of global warming and environmental consciousness, cycling to work and for small errands, etc is an unparalleled option. The maiden edition of the cycling event – the BSA Hercules India Cyclothon Bangalore was held on October 11th, 2009 and was a resounding success which witnessed more than 6,000 participants.
“Fitness and environmental consciousness are not new concepts for Bangaloreans but through the BSA Hercules Cyclothon it is our endeavour to keep reiterating that the future of the garden city lies in adopting simple life techniques that will promote Bangalore and bring back its forgotten glory of being India’s leading green and clean destination. We hope young and old alike will contribute to a healthier and greener environment by supporting BSA Hercules India Cyclothon, Bangalore 2011 and be a living inspiration for future generations. ” said Mr Rajesh Mani, General Manager, Marketing, TI Cycles.
The 2011 BSA Hercules India Cyclothon – Bangalore will allow applicants to choose from across 5 different categories. The National Race – 50 Km is a competitive race where participants of this category compete for prize money. The National race will be held under the aegis of the Cycling Federation of India. The Amateur Ride of 25 Km, the Corporate Ride of 25 Km and the Green Ride – 13 Km are fun, non-competitive rides, which will have similar routes but different flag-off timings.
This ride is open to all enthusiasts (of the age 14 years and above for Green ride and 18 years & above for Corporate and Amateur ride) – be it students, housewives or corporate executives. The Junior Ride of 5km is a fun, non-competitive 5km ride for children from the age of 8 years to 13 years. Each kid or a group of kids should be accompanied by a guardian.
Satish Menon, CEO of Sport18 said, “After the success of our first event in 2009, we are pleased to return to Bangalore. The growing number of cycling clubs in the city is a testimony to the increasing popularity of cycling as sporting and leisure activities. International cyclists will make this event even larger, thus positioning the BSA Hercules India Cyclothon, Bangalore 2011 as the pioneering cycling event in India. It is for those citizens living here to set an example of how growth and green cover move hand in hand.”
Registration: www.bsacyclothon.com or SMS Cyclo to 51818 for details.
Helpline: 092217 38012 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Registration fees: Rs. 300 (includes goody bag with helmet)
Assembly point: Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization at Whitefield.
Once the applicants have registered, they can collect their participation bibs & goody bags from the Expo to be held on 21st and 22nd January 2011.