Greater Noida West: The Central Board of Direct Taxes organized a Cyclothon (cycle rally) in Delhi on June 10, 2022, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations. It was a 15 km rally over iconic spots in Delhi. 600 cyclists from Delhi NCR participated.
As gathered, the cycle rally was flagged off at 6 am in Delhi. Nearly 500 cycles were available to participate in the rally. Moreover, police security and medical facility were also organized on spot. Refreshments were served to all participants.
AKAM is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements. Sangeeta Singh, Chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes CBDT who attended the rally says, "Message for AKAM is to stay fit. We wanted to show that the Income Tax Department in Delhi and across the country also believes in staying fit."
As gathered, Cyclo-cross cycling club gathered all cycle groups from GreNo West to participate in this rally. These include the Swag group, Greater Noida West cycling club GNWCC, Noida Extension Cycling Club (NECC), and members from team NEFOWA. We talked to some of them to know their views.
Sanjay Kumar (44), founder of Cyclo-Cross group and a resident of Paramount Emotions says, “As soon as I came to know of this cycle rally, I informed all cycle groups from GreNo West. Everyone showed a positive interest. Especially, women cyclists showed a lot of power. SWAG team and NECC members rode from GreNo West to participate in this rally."
Sushant Bhatnagar, Co Founder and Resident 12th Gaur City 2 says, “We not only clubbed other cyclists but we keep motivating people towards cycling. We plan trips together and also provide the needed information about cycling. Cycling is a great cardiovascular exercise, which improves posture and balances your life. These kinds of events boost our confidence and integrate the cycling community."
Abhishek Kumar, Resident of Supertech Ecovillage 1, Grenowest and President, NEFOWA and Cyclist from Grenowest says, “These kinds of events keep us connected with nature and with our people. Nothing is greater than seeing youth coming forward for such causes."
Manish Kumar, Resident of Supertech Eco village 1Grenowest and Senior Vice President, NEFOWA and Cyclist from Grenowest says, “It was a great fun-filled ride for us. We started from Charmurti as we had to reach ITO, Delhi by 5:30. Approx 35-40 riders were part of the rally. It was great to see cyclists from different cycling groups going all along to the ride.”
Bhawna Gaur, resident of 11th Avenue Gaur city 2 and founder of the Swag team says, “ It was a great event. We all rode together with the Cyclo cross group. We travelled to Old Delhi, Cannaught Place. The experience was great. Overall, it was a great experience. Proper arrangements were made to keep the cyclists rejuvenated."
Azeem Khan, resident of Nirala Estate Grenowest and cyclist of GNWCC today says, “It was great as we got the opportunity to cycle with the members of the income tax office. We had an option to go there by car, but we all decided to carry on anyhow with the riders of all groups. It was fun and we wish to go for it in future too. We got in touch with many new riders and shared contacts for future such events."
Pallavi Gupta, resident of Samridhhi Grand Aevene, GrenoWest and a NEFOWA member says, " I have been cycling for the past 6 months with great consistency. The thing is that I am not like those people who want to cycle for fun. For me it is a passion, I was suffering from a 102-degree fever. The arrangements were far better than any other cycle rally."
Shashi Bala, resident of Nirala Aspire Grenowest and Cyclist in Noida Extension Cycling Club says, “ It was a refreshing experience. The government is organizing some very good events as part of AKAM."