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More than 1,500 kids take part in cycle rally

Mangalore, Dec 2, 2012, DHNS : 23:16 IST
Participants riding on the Kuloor bridge towards the end point.
Young and old alike pedalled their cylcles, at the sixth edition of RxLife Cycle Rally, which was flagged off from Ladyhill Circle, on Sunday. A 83-year-old cyclist was the centre of attraction.

The rally was flagged off by TI Cycles (Chennai) Area Sales Manager Arun Kumar. RTO Mallikarjuna, Ideal Ice Cream Group Proprietor S Mukunda Kamath, Veenu Group CEO Vinod Sherlekar, KSHEMA Dean Dr Sathish Kumar Bhandary, Jyothi Cycle Co Partner Badrinath Nayak, TVS Motor Co Tertiary Manager Rakesh Koppa and ONGC-MRPL MD P P Upadhya were present at the flagging off ceremony.The sixth rally saw 1514 registered cyclists and about 80 wild cat entries.

The rally took off from Lady hill, covering a distance of 20 kms, passing through Kottara – Kuloor –Panambur Beach Road – Nandaneshwar Temple Road – NMPT Colony – Customs House Road – Kuloor – Kottara – Infosys and concluded at Bejai Kapikad School.

A lucky draw was held in the end at Bejai Kapikad School where Shagnik S Raj, a tenth standard student of Canara High School Urwa, won the ‘Hercule Turbo drive atom’; B Swathi Baliga of Canara CBSE won the BSA LadyBird and Chirag Bhat from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Panambur won ‘Hercules Rodeo A 300.’

Water points, orange points, Novel TVS Rangers on Wheels, juice and dry fruit point, ambulance and first aid team from KSHEMA, cycle rescue vans and pilot jeep were arranged.

Volunteers from Youth Hostels Association of India, Team Mangalore, RxLife managed the traffic en route and were assisted by parents of the participants.

Every participant was beaming with confidence and expressed that the Cycle Rally 2013 should be for 30 km distance. The cycle rally started as a family outing on cycles on an early winter morning in 2007. It has since caught the attention of people who love to cycle and has grown as an annual event.

The increasing number of registrations each passing year with 240 cyclists participating in the first edition in 2007 to 1400 participants last year speaks for its popularity, said Giridhar Kamath, chief co-ordinator of the event.

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