Bengaluru, March 27: Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya cycled from Vidhana Soudha to Kolar in a 75 km Cycle 2 Freedom ride, commemorating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Flagging off the ride at 7 am, around 450 riders, including Surya, rode the distance in under 5 hours. The programme saw active participation from the city’s cycling community, who displayed commendable fitness and carried a sense of excitement throughout the unique ride. S Muniswamy, the Kolar MP, joined the ride from Narsapura on the border between the two cities.
More than 300 riders also took part in the 7.5 km fun ride, which was part of the same Cycle 2 Freedom event. In all, around 750 riders took part in the event, which celebrates the 75th year of India’s Independence.
“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 the 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.”
The two elected representatives Surya and Muniswamy flagged off the ride in the presence of other guests of honour like Dr KY Venkatesh, a Padmashri awardee for 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.
Kolar MP Muniswamy urged more young people to participate in large numbers and promote the path of fitness and healthy well-being. “The event is expected to bring in positive impacts on our society and act as a medium of encouragement to citizens,” Muniswamy said. “Cycling comes with numerous health benefits, creating awareness about the same is important.”
Decathlon, Fast & Up, Jayant Probikes and Fitness, Firefox, Bangalore Randonneurs, Rekard and Nithya Niranthara Seva Trust extended their support for the event.