Monday, October 8, 2018

Cycling for Health

It was good to see the happy atmosphere even before the sun was up. Some parents (and grand parents) came to drop off their kids while others were busy clicking group pictures 

Some helped in putting the tag numbers on the cycle the right way.

Took part in a cycle rally where the distance to be covered was 20 kms and the turn out was pretty good.
All waiting in anticipation for the flag off, which got slightly delayed, probably waiting for the dignitaries to arrive. 

One of the participants had his blood group and emergency number printed on his Tee shirt. I think that is a better option than having a card in the pocket.

Finally we were flagged off and all took off in earnest with the younger ones going off in full steam. 

I managed to capture a few clips while pedaling and it was amusing to see some sights, like this guy cruising along with a helping hand from his friend. 

There were running events too taking place on the same track (for 5 kms and 10 kms) and as the roads were taken up, we had to manoeuver through the side walks. If the shadows are pretty long then you can be sure that you are out at the right time in the morning for pedalling and jogging. 

This dog must be pretty confused "where are these guys running to on a good lazy Sunday morning" 

Saw some good samaritans helping a participant fix his stuck chain.

This guy who handed out the water bottles was generous with his smile. (passed him twice as we had to do two laps to cover 20 kms)

Talking of water bottles, I saw most of the participants chucking away the empty bottles on the road. It would have helped if the organisers had placed dustbins at strategic places en route. This is not only about participation but an opportunity to inculcate the right habits of disposing trash. 
The scenic beauty of the place was good and added to the spirit of the occasion. 

While overtaking this guy I cheered him saying "good show, keep it up"  He was quick with a smile and a thumbs up.

While crossing the finish line I noticed that the time was 8.45 which means I must have taken about 80 minutes to cover 20 kms. Well it was not a race but participation was the key word.

Later I was told that Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal had flagged off our event, but like me, many must have failed to notice them as the flagging off box was placed a little too high. Later I saw Mary Kom flagging off another event for kids.

Made a short video of all that I captured.

The mandatory group photos by the successful participants 


Augustine Xavier said...

Good Morning Joe. What a beautiful day and its always been a treat of seeing the events and places thru your lens and very artistically putting both the pictures narratives and the video. I felt like I was there. Kudos to you for keeping and sporting a healthy lifestyle. The place of the event is beautiful and lush green. Brought back memories of our green camp area. Where is this place.
Thanks for sharing.

Haddock said...

@Augustine, this was held inside Magarpatta, Pune.

Shoyeb Shaikh said...

Hello Joe this video is after a long time. I am happy to see u r keeping fit by some or the activity.

Thanks for sharing. And wish u a active and healthy life.

Shoyeb Shaikh said...

Hello Joe after a long time u have a video. Think u r busy with some other actity. Good to see all young and old participating in this event. Wish u best of health. Shoyeb Ahmed

Christine said...

Looks like a fun and healthy group activity!

Anonymous said...

Love cycling myself and so do my kids. (Have never taken part in any event like this though). As always, beautiful moments captured beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

What a great event . . . 80 minutes sounds very good to me :)

Mary Kirkland said...

Looks like quite a few people took part in this.

Dr. Anita Sabat said...

Great pics & coverage of the event, Joe.
I like the dog wondering about the race :)
Agree with you that races are about participation, enthusiasm & also getting the right lessons across- like disposing plastic-bottles in bins...
I guess you took longer to completely the race as you were clicking pics & making mental notes on the way.
You actually clicked pictures while cycling! Shows your skill & spirit! Keep it up :)

froebelsternchen said...

A fantastic healthy and fun activity with a group - Great when people come together for sport activities!

Lowcarb team member said...

It does look like a lot of people were enjoying this.
Good to see your photographs.

All the best Jan

trees said...

Interesting post. And what a great way to enjoy a holiday.

Evi Erlinda said... and health

joshi daniel said...

That is great :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Joe,
Very nice photoshoot ! Hats off to your enthusiasm and energy you are putting at your passion of photography !
You have always proved ,the simple is beautiful, while shooting !
Thank you very much for sharing !
My son, Sachin, is also an passionate photographer, and making his career as professional photographer at Mumbai.
I would like to introduce him with you !
Please send me your address at Mumbai, so that I will ask him to meet you sometimes.
Thanks & regards,
Sanjay Chandane.

My name is Erika. said...

that looks like a great event. It reminds me I need to take out my boke one of these days and give it a ride. Hugs-Erika

padmaja said...

You are an inspiration, you know how to make most of life,I applaud you!

David Gascoigne said...

It really is too bad about the plastic water bottles. We have to come to grips with this huge issue of plastic pollution and devise alternatives.