Cuttack: Cuttack’s first ever bicycle race was organized on 20th May, Sunday near Sri Sri University, Naraj. The race was in the Individual Time Trial format where every rider races against time to clock the best time on a circuit.
Close to 20 riders from Rourkela, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack participated with fervor and gave their best shot to climb a total of 7 steep hills over a course of 10 km.
“It was very invigorating to see such a well organised race by the Cuttack Cyclists group. This will ensure that more people from the Silver City take up cycling to stay fit and healthy”, said IPS Mr. Sajeeb Panda, an avid cyclist himself.
Rohit Hembrom, from Rourkela won the race, followed by Swasti Singh, from Rourkela as well, who proved that girls are no less capable than boys.
“We got a fantastic response from cyclists across the state for our debut race and we’ll make sure that the following editions of the race are longer, more challenging, and even more fun!”, said Mr. Sajal Seth, admin of Cuttack Cyclists group.
Prize money and certificates were awarded to every participant and refreshments were served as well. “It gives me immense pleasure to see how cycling has become an integral part of many people from the twin city who are not only riding regularly but also organising such wonderful events. This is all for the good of the sport in Odisha”, said Mr. Ajay Nanda, owner of 22Bikes bicycle shop.