Teacher follows his passion on wheels

Manipal Institute of Technology Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Applications S S S Shameem has just completed the first leg of a passion he has been pursuing for the last two years — solo cycle expedition called ‘Bharat Bhraman: Ride-4-Pride.”

He has covered a distance of 1,500 kilometres on a high-end cycle from Bengaluru to Koraput in Odisha. The lanky Shameem proudly said that he has completed the expedition in nine days. “Eastern Ghats was a bit tough. Otherwise, I enjoyed the first leg and plan many more such solo rides. My aim is to see and know the diversity of our country and do whatever I can do. Going around the country on a bicycle gives me a great amount of satisfaction. Moreover, I will be a happy person when I have completed all my journey, sit and look back with pride my achievements,” Shameem said.

He said, “I began my journey from Bangalore on December 18, 2015 and reached Koraput on December 26, 2015 via Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam and Salur,” he said and added that he has been preparing for this expedition for the last two years.

Next expedition

The next expedition will be in December, he said.  He said he had spent all his nights sleeping at railway stations, police stations and at religious places and bus shelters.
Shameem is also a marathon runner. He plans to alternate his cycling expeditions with running. He is planning to run during summer months and cycling in December.

He is also is keen to get into Limca Book of Records with half marathon (21.1 km). For that, he has planned to do 111 half marathons in 70 days at a stretch and is working on that. He calls it “Bhaag-run Project”. He has sought details from Limca and is in touch with the athletic associations of Udupi and Mangaluru for assistance.
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