In the lap of nature

Cycle trail

In the lap of nature

The humble cycle can be the answer for most of our road woes, and it has become a friend for life of Joseph Franklin, the co-founder and Director at AviciFarms and Avici Info Analytics.

An enthusiastic rider, Joseph took to cycling quite accidently. Later, he made a concious effort to get hitched to the two-wheeler. His first cycling trip, to the Gopalaswamy Hills, brought out the adventurous spirit in him. From here, began his journey across the State on the bicycle.

Says Joseph, “I used to cycle as a young boy but I grew out of it. After 15 years, when I went back to cycling, it was hard to cycle long distances. I set out on a cycling trip to Gopalaswamy Hills and Bandipur, but wanted to give up half way. Nevertheless, I cycled for eight hours straight and felt a great sense of achievement.” Pushing the pedals turned into a passion in no time. After this, the cycle trips became frequent while his fitness regime became stricter. His vigorous rides introduced him to the cyclists’ group ‘icycle’ (a bicycle solutions provider). But there came a number of cycling challenges along his way.

“I am associated with ‘icycle’ from day one. There were many cyclists who wanted to ride as a group, which gave birth to ‘icycle’. This encouraged the cyclists’ group to organise cycle rallies and there were a number of expeditions on cycle that I have covered as part of this group.” But cycling is not an easy task, is it? He answers, “First, I had to make myself fit and lose some weight. I cut down on fatty food and started with three to five kilometre run everyday.” This was accompanied by short distance rides to Nandi Hills, Bidadi and back.

After all the grooming and fitness, it was time for the ‘Great Malnad Challenge’ organised by ‘icycle’. The challenge required the cyclists to  tour 650 km across the Western Ghats. Joseph’s preparation for one of the biggest cycle expeditions began and he was engrossed in a robust training.

While he made sure he had a rich and healthy diet, he also indulged in some stretching exercises. He learnt the perfect gear ratio and trained to cycle through the steep curves and hills. He took part in trial rounds up to 115 km and got ready for the D-day. His regime sure bore fruits as he emerged the winner of this challenge’.

“I have conquered all the high peaks of Karnataka including the  Kundadri betta, Agumbe, Kudremukh... It felt beautiful to be so close to the nature. There are things that one misses under the influence of the automobile speed. But on a cycle, it is rediscovering many wonders of nature and is sure a blissful experience.”

He comments on the facility provided to the cyclists in the City, “It was a good initiative to start a cycle lane. But there has to be more number of people cycling on the streets to make them functional. Regardless of age, cycling should be adapted by everyone and be made viable as a daily commute.” He opines that the trend of cycling is gradually getting popular among youngsters and wishes that this trend grows in the City, which will in turn help in pollution control, traffic cut down and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

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