‘Cyclomaniacs’ are ‘Best Team’ in ‘MbC Gang War’ Challenge
‘Cyclomaniacs’ are the ‘Best Team’ in ‘MbC Gang War’ Challenge-a first of its kind initiative in the cycling community and a strategic Team based Challenge launched by Mangalore Bicycle Club for the duration of 16 days, which started on April 15, 2016.
Mangaluru: ‘MbC Gang War’ – a first of its kind initiative in the cycling community and a strategic Team based Challenge for the duration of 16 days started from April 15, 2016, was launched by Mangalore Bicycle Club. It measured each team based on individual and team riding capabilities. Parameters for the challenge were not evaluated based on speed/distance/time taken keeping in mind the safety of riders. Various trump cards were introduced in between the challenge to make it exciting for every rider participating. The motive behind this event was “bringing in regularity in cycling for fitness and cycling for commutation”.
Based on the willingness of riders to participate, 5 teams were formed with 57 riders participating in competing against each other teams. Team MbC through this challenge had pedaled a whopping 25000 km in 16 days, with 47 riders riding 13 days covering 30 Kms on an average. Team MbC has shed 165 kgs of unwanted body fat, which is on an average 3 kg per rider. The drive for the members was not just to win the war but to make this sport safe, healthy and disciplined.
Team Cyclomaniacs led by Dr Pritam Sharma emerged the best team in the challenge based on active participation from all members, leadership skills, and maximum rider participation in the GoGreenGoCycling cause ride on the last day. His team members were- Dr.Rajesh Hukkeri, Dr Arjun Dev, Dr Muralishankar, Dr. Nagaraj Shetty, Dr Prashanth Marla, Joshua, Mithil, Mukesh Rao, Mukund Shet, Ramrathan Naik, Sharath Alva and Shiva Shankar Achar. A rolling trophy will be handed over to the team during our club website launch (date will be announced shortly).
Special mention to 3 riders, who have ridden all 16 days during the war. They are Dr Pritam from Cyclomaniacs, Dhanraj from Easy Riders, and Maxim from Old Kranks. This challenge has brought in momentum to the regular cycling trend in Mangaluru and has also helped newcomers to start being active in cycling. The best part is that this momentum is still continuing even after the challenge period and everyone has taken up cycling as part of their daily routine. Based on the overwhelming response received from riders for the MbC Gang War, Season 2 will be launched in October 2016.
by Ganesh Nayak-Member – Mangalore Bicycle Club