Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Cycling and Adventure Club (BCAC) organized the first ever professional Cycling Race in Odisha covering the historical Golden Triangle of Bhubaneswa-Puri-Konark on Sunday, 17th of February 2019. More than 50 participants from different parts of India participated in this Race apart from participants from various cities in Odisha. The route was planned over a stretch of 151Kms from Dhauli Peace Pagoda to Malatipatpur and to Chandrabhaga in Konark and back.
The race was flagged off by ADG (Law & Order) and President of BCAC, Sj. Sanjeeb Panda (IPS) at 6AM from the famous Ashoka Pillar at Dhauli hill-base. With a gruelling neck-to-neck competition, Parshuram Choudhury (from Rourkela) came as the Winner of the 1st edition of Golden Triangle Road Race (2019) with a clock time of 4 hours 47 minutes and 23 seconds and earned a Cash Reward of Rs.20,000. The 1st Runner Up Aditya Singh from Rourkela finished close with a timing of 5 hours 47 minutes and 32 seconds taking home a cash reward of Rs.10,000. The Second Runner Up finished close with a timing of 5 hours 50 minutes and 52 seconds bagging a cash reward of Rs.5000. BCAC also provided 3 Consolation Prizes with a cash reward of Rs.5000/- each on this occasion.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Sanjeeb Panda said, “Odisha has a vast scope for adventure cycling and professional races, which is yet to be explored. BCAC, as one of the forward-thinking organizations, has introduced professional cycling race in Odisha for the first time. This will be an annual event of BCAC and will patronage professional racers. Apart from Road Cycling Races, we are also planning to introduce MTB race in future.”
BCAC has introduced long distance endurance cycling of international repute in recent past. The club has conducted 200 and 300KM Brevets in 2018. Apart from Cycling BCAC also promotes Marathon Running, Coastal Trekking, Mountain Hiking and International Cycling Adventures.