Mangaluru: ‘Cycling makes you Fit, Young and Healthy’ says Pro-Rider Donald Menezes

‘Forget Apples! Even if there is a saying that a apple a day, keeps the doctor away- but cycling a day keeps the doctor at bay

Mangaluru: Cycling is low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. Regular cycling has many physical and mental health benefits. It is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Also riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine.

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And one person who has benefitted a lot, including relieving himself from various health problems from regularly cycling is Donald “Donny” Menezes of Mary-Hill here.”Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” had said Albert Einstein- and this cyclist has great passion for cycling that he has enjoyed this hobby by pedalling for fun and glory, and this sport has kept him moving in his life. In a exclusive interview for mangalorean.com, Donny reveals his life journey, how he relieved himself from various health problems after he started cycling, and the benefits of cycling.

Whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions you ever make, says Donny who took up cycling eight months ago, and since then has benefitted a lot from it-relieving himself from health problems, and also has brought him name and fame. Donny says, ” Cycling will get to your destination faster than other vehicles during rush hours in the city; Cycling makes you- Sleep more deeply; Look younger; Boosts your bowels; Increases your brain power; Beats illness; Live longer; Save the planet; Heal your heart; Lose weight in the saddle; Avoid pollution; Enjoy healthy family time etc etc. So, if you’re feeling tired, take a ride!”

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“Bicycling, along with being the most efficient mode of human locomotion, is also one of the best all-around activities for improving our health. From head to toes, cycling’s health benefits are hard to beat. Cycling is good for your heart; Cycling is good for your muscles; Cycling is good for your waistline; Cycling is good for your lifespan; Cycling is good for your coordination; Cycling is good for your mental health and Cycling is good for your immune system-it can strengthen your immune system, and could protect against certain kinds of cancers” adds Donny.

Donny Menezes born on 18 November 1967 in Mangaluru to (Late) John and Gertie, after doing his studies at St Aloysius College moved to Gulf for better prospects in the year 1991. Married to Rita, a Choreographer and a Bharatnatyam Dance Teacher, he is a proud father of two-and-a-half year old boy, Jordan. While he was employed as a Ground Supervisor with Emirates Airlines in Dubai for nearly 21 years, Donny developed certain health issues like breathing and lung problems due to constant inhaling of pollution (from burning of airplane white fuel), and also developed severe knee pain due to rigorous climbing of many steps while at work. In order to avoid more consequences to his health, he left his job and returned back to Mangaluru along with his wife in 2012. Presently he is at at the helm of a real estate business.

It was his chum, Kishan Bangera (whom Donny respects as “Guru”)- a seven-time National Body Builder champ and also a pro-cyclist who inspired and guided Donny to take up cycling to get rid of his health problems. “It really did work, cycling for the past eight months has resulted in relieving all my health problems and also my knee pain. I feel fit, young and healthy everyday. Thanks for my buddy Kishan who guided me throughout the past months, in making me a healthy person through cycling activities” said Donny.

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Cycling has not only helped Donny to get rid of all his health problems, but has also brought him name and fame. On September 29, 2015 he set a record by cycling nearly 300 kms from Mangaluru to Byndoor (to and fro) in 14 hrs and 30 mins, a record which no one has achieved in DK. The earlier distance covered in cycling in DK is around 230-250 kms. His friend Kishan who also joined him in this ride, couldn’t make the desired time due to some technical problems with Strava App/website. Recently, Donny also made a record by climbing the elevation (road stretch from Karambar/Kenjar) which leads to Mangalore International Airport, thirty-three times, a total distance of 2697 mts. Earlier record set by Bhavesh of Mangaluru climbing the elevation was 20 times.

On 5 October 2015, Donny also set a new record, by cycling from BC Road/Bantwal to Padil-Mangaluru, a total of 14.5 kms in 26 mins 20 seconds. The previous record was 27mts 20 secs held by top cyclist of Mangaluru, Godfrey Pinto. Donny says that he looks forward to break as many records held by other cyclists in the past, thereby adding more feathers to his cap. On 4 October, 2015-he also joined the members of Mangalore Cycling Club, and Mangalore Bicycling Club on a Cycle Rally from MCC building-Lalbagh here to Ullal, to bring awareness about the Yettinahole project. As a member of MCC, Donny covered 28 kms (to and fro) in this ride.

Donny starts his day by waking up at 3.30 am in the morning, and by 4.30am he is on the road cycling until 8.30am on weekdays, and during weekends from 4 am till noon. Daily he rides from Mangaluru to Udupi or Puttur or other destinations he plans for the day, depends on his mood. Other than cycling, Donny’s hobbies are gardening, walking, reading, listening to music, sports…and also babysitting his tiny son, Jordan. Cyclists are a diverse group. “Some of us ride fat tires down rocky trails, some of us ride road bikes up burly hills, some of us ride for sport and some of us ride just for fun. Some ride for the adrenaline rush and some ride their bikes for basic transportation. But all of us can take advantage of the healthy benefits of cycling, even if we never ever buy a single item made from Btwin or Trek” said Donny.

“Forget apples, riding’s the way to keep the doctor at bay. Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to fight off infections. People who cycle for 30 minutes, five days a week take about half as many sick days as couch potatoes. Those who exercise regularly are at significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, all types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. The body becomes much more efficient at defending itself and regenerating new cells.” says Donny.

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In conclusion, when asked what would be his message for Mangalorean.com readers, Donald “Donny” Menezes said, ” All I have to say again is that Cycling makes you a better person, a positive person, a positive thinker. It also keeps you away from bad habits like smoking and drinking. Once I was a alcoholic, but now a teetotaler-thanks to cycling which kept me busy and made me stay away from boozing. By waking up early and start riding your bike will keep you fresh and healthy. If I can do it at the age of 47, anyone can do cycling. There is no age bar-anyone can take up cycling as their hobby- and you’ll be glad that you did it. Happy cycling to all of you- and one of these days I may even run into you on the streets”.

Okay- well narrated by Donny- Even with all of these health benefits to cycling, some of us may ride them just for fun. Why do you ride a bike? Let us know in the comments box below. Team Mangalorean wishes Donny all success in his cycling venture, and may he set many more records beating the ones held by other pro-cyclists. Best of luck!

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60 Comments

  1. Donny sir is hero of our cycling club. Inspiration to us, new generation cyclists and youth. King of BC road…wish more records in his name…

  2. Dony is now a star of Mangalore in cycling. Sri.Kishu Bangera who turned Dony in to a world class hobby cyclists. I was astonished when he messaged that he has completed 300 km., in a day for “Trek bicycle challenge” held in the month of September. He also has great ideas that will turn Mangalore into cycle friendly city. I wish him all the best, good luck. He is a great asset for Mangalore.

  3. We can’t buy happiness but we can buy a bike and that’s pretty close!!!

    Good mixture of adventure, information and story line too…

    I’m a beginner, still all these quite interesting.

  4. Donald Great going.Keep up the good work.you seem to be a good inspiration for all the younger generation. way to go Donald.All the best.

  5. Hey Donald,Great Work Done.Keep it up.You seem to inspire all the younger generation with your appealing Story.keep it up and Way to go.

  6. Great work by Mr Alfie & Mangalorean.com team. This article will give boost to cycling entire world. Keep up the good work.Thanks Mr S Rao. Jai ho

  7. He is a beast with raw power. To climb airport 33 times is no joke…try it on a motorbike and u will b tired…to do 300 kms in a single day will surely drain u…standing all odds u have done it…very proud of wat u have achieved in this short time….may god help i achieve more and protect u in all ur rides….safe riding and let people start cycling as u dream of one day..,….u have earned this..jai ho

  8. You are truly an inspiration!! Hoping more Mnagaloreans take up cycling after reading this. I will definitely try.

    Congrats on your record. You make us very proud.

  9. Dony Sir, Congratulations it takes a lot of grit and will to achieve what you have, cycling is not just regular form of exercise. it takes a lot for one to follow it on a regular bit, what you have achieved along with Kishan is that you guys have taken this sport to a new lever itself and have sent a strong message that age is just a number, one can do wonders if he/she has the will! surprisingly the most active once in this sport in Mangalore are mostly above 40. Kudos!

  10. Dear Donny

    You and your Guru Mr. Kishan are role models for entire Mangalurians! “Age no bar for cycling” is what you guys have proven. You guys inspire everyone around and your pictures says it all! Keep it rolling…

    Cheers!

  11. Wow u r a beast. It is not easy to climb the airport 33 times…just try it on ur motorbike…to do 300 kms in a day takes a lot of mental strength than physical….u r strong person and a determined fellow…a person with raw power,…happy for wat u achieved…keep cycling hard and one day ur dream of making everyone cycle will come true….jai howi

  12. Dony sir and Kishan sir you bothh are rockstars of cyclis. You have proved where there’s a will there’s a way, not just for you but for the whole society. Wish you all good luck and happy cycling, I have rode many times with you all and its a great pleasure. Hope to see u all for many more rides.God bless you with good health.

  13. Congratulations Dony Sir on your great achievement of India’s second best cyclist!!!! I am proud to know you personally Sir! Dony Sir your achievement has changed the cycling scenario of Mangaluru and i am sure its going to be getting more and more popular in Mangaluru!! Looking at you and all the other pro cyclists enjoy the sport in the city I am sure many would want to join in!! I hope the city realise the importance of cycling and make it cycling friendly!! I am thankful to you and all pro cyclists who motivated us women to take up cycling in this male dominant sport!

  14. Dony sir has lived the dreams every Cyclist dreamt of, u have come real far away sir, keep cranking ahead & set up new records making Mangaloreans prouder day by day. May ur energy & spirit grow with time & may there be many more success stories waiting to lighten up your life….!

  15. Congrats Donny for your great achievement in cycling by breaking couple of past records held by cyclists earlier. Keep up the spirit- you are an inspiration to the older and younger generation-I too ride my bicycle everyday for an hour. Thanks to the author (Alfy DeSouza) and mangalorean.com for encouraging the cyclists. God bless you all

  16. ‘Forget Apples! Even if there is a saying that a apple a day, keeps the doctor away- but cycling a day keeps the doctor at bay”–that is absolutely true. Donny has shown a way to others that by cycling you can keep yourself healthy and fit. This is a very informative article-quite motivative and convincing.

    Congrats Donald -you have become a hero within a few months after you took up cycling. Great going!

  17. thanks a lot for your lovely comments. These words of encouragement will make me cycle more in the future and live to your expectations, your comments make me more younger then I am… Jai ho

  18. Wow what an achievement….you are real rock star. In a very short span you have achieved lot more laurels..keep up the good work and keep inspiring us.. God bless you and achieve much more in near future.

  19. It is amazing and a great achievement. I do agree cycling is good for health. Its my hobby too. I do ride cycle daily 5 KM here in Dubai which gives me great pleasure and relaxing my body. Keep up the good work Dony. Next time when I come down to India I will go to the airport cycling with my air bag and next day you can get my cycle back. I can see tremendous changes, you have reduced a lot and look fit and handsome. Wish you all the best and May God Bless you and keep you good health.

  20. Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” Mark Twain, American author and humourist

    “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip

    “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

    Cyclists Rule the Road! Congrats Donny Menezes- you have made the budding cyclists proud.

  21. Very inspiring indeed! It gives me hope to see that there are folks like Donny and Kishu Bangera who are trying to live a healthy life and inspiring others to do the same!!

  22. Hi Donnyam,
    Hearty Congragulations,
    Cycling King – the name by which we call,
    A Cyclist – young, slim, fit and tall.
    It was tough, through the rough, curvy road,
    Tell us too the way to crack the code.
    The secret was – Hadwork and Determination,
    And now, you are our Motivation and Inspiration.
    The one who broke the record of 300 kilometres,
    But lots you sweat to achive it – nearly in litres.
    Congragulations once again – the great record creator.

  23. Here is a raising star in the cycling world. Congratulations for your record. In a short time you achieved so many mile stones.. with the blessings of allmighty god. My support is with you. Let the star SHINE…

  24. I would like to congratulate Dony and all the cyclist who endured to make it a part of their routine and are still pursuing it! The nobility to use it campaign for river netravati is commendable! Thank you guys very much on behalf all mangaloreans! Wish you all the very best in your future endeavor

  25. I have seen transformation of Mr Dony ,from his 3rd day of cycling to present. Simply outstanding, great determination and will power .I am happy that cycling made him quit alcohol ,a great message he has sent to the youth about the power of cycling and healthy lifestyle. He deserves all the applause .

  26. Dony and Kishan sir , u guys are doing awesome job . Will agree with the benefits of cycling u have shared here . Many more milestones to achieve !! All the best , happy and safe cycling ?

  27. If cycling can relieve major health symptoms why bother to visit a doctor who rip you off with huge fees- I am cancelling my insurance and will buy a new bicycle to stay healthy. Great write-up and amazing story unleashed. Mangalorean.com with their bevy of writers give us the best reading stuff. Thank you!

  28. These line sums up what dony has achieved,

    He came
    He saw
    He conquered

    Wouldn’t have been possible if kishan wasn’t his friend, philosopher and guide.

    They make up such a great duo,

    I knew what kishan was but dony was a complete surprise package.

    Wanted to convey max with min words

    All the best guys.

  29. Within a short span of time reaching greater heights and creating records is something to be admired of-keep up the spirit and enthusiasm-you are a role model to younger generation who are getting lazier these days by hooking up to electronic gadgets-they should start riding bicycles to keep them healthy.

    Wishing you best of luck in your cycling adventure.

  30. Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity- You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close- as a cyclist for over three decades I really like to congratulate Mr Donald ‘Donny’ Menezes for his big achievement in cycling in just 8 months- that’s amazing.

    And thanks to mangalorean.com and its writer for exposing the benefits of cycling so that others could also follow in the footsteps of Donny. Great story!

  31. Donyji, Congrats.As I know you are fine gentle man.having rode with you for couple of times I have seen your dedication & deep involvement in cycling sports.I appreciate your efforts in spreading the cycling health benefits to pepole / society via Social & print media ect..Having Guru like Kishan Sir, U will definately do more & more of cycling records.I wish you success in every mode of life & good health.

  32. Dony the Don. It’s very thrilling to know that Dony has become a champion cyclist in a short period of time. Congratulations on your glorious achievement. Your hard work, dedication & passion for the sport has made you an ace cyclist. We are overjoyed by your impressive perforamnce.
    Keep going terrific Dony.

  33. Congrats Dony. It is total new adventure and achievement good, if man has strong belief within him he can do anything possible and your the example and the inspiration for all of us.
    God bless you.

  34. Hi Dony, congrats great achievement. Keep the good working going.
    God bless you and your family for their support.
    Hope we will have many more achievement read in the near fiture.
    Dony a new star in cycling sport.

  35. Dony the Don. It’s thrilling to know that Dony has become a champion Cyclist in a short period of time. Congratulations on your glorious achievemt. Your hardwork, dedication & passion for the sport has made you ace cyclist. We are overjoyed by your impressive performance. Keep going terrific Dony…

  36. Dear Dony

    Congratulation on your marvelous achievement. Your hard work and dedication has made you to be a Champion of Champions. Keep up the good spirit. Praying that you may win more and more Laurels to our State, Country and the World. Be a role model to our youth. God bless you abundantly.

    From,

    Christopher, Christine, Callen & Christabel

  37. Amazing and unbelievable-that a budding cyclist could achieve so much during a eight month span. This report/story has motivated me so much, I am deciding to start cycling from tomorrow. I just bought a new bicycle from the store- I am all set to ride the streets, come 2mrow early morning. I never knew that cycling will do so much for one’s body/health.

    Congrats Donald Menezes- you are a inspiration and saviour for the starters.

  38. Congrats on your marvellous achievement in such a short span of time–great going Mr Donald Menezes. Keep up the sporting spirit in you and may you create many more records. You have the cyclists proud, including me-although I am not a pro?

    Thanks mangalorean.com for encouraging cyclists and their associations.

  39. Congratulations Dony on your great achievement… your success story is a true inspiration for those who wants to follow their passion and in your case its not only benefiting your health but also mind and soul because you are living your passion.We are amazed to see such a transformation in you in such a short period of time.
    It makes us feel proud to know you personally.May god bless you always.

  40. It gives me immense pleasure and happiness to see a lazy person like Dony waking up @ 3 am in the morning and cycling to glory!!! I have known and seen you for at least a couple decades living a sedentary lifestyle. Now, can’t believe 8 months of cycling has made you a star not only externally, but internally as well. I’m aware, any cardio related exercise pumps more oxygen into the body that helps in healing the body by generating beneficial chemicals such as serotonin and endorphin. you have just begun the process of reversing the aging process and have shown people that age lies only in the mind and the body will just follow. You’ve have shown the younger generation that they can achieve whatever they want, if they are willing to pay the price. As the say goes “nothing comes for free, everyone has to pay the price. Don’t worry about breaking and making records. enjoy the ride to glory. It’s a pleasure to know that Manglorean.com have made my brother a motivated budding cycling star. Also thanks to Kishan my good old buddy for standing by him with his great support, grit and motivation in kicking my brother’s ass in pushing him to the limits. All the best to both Dony and Kishan. You’re the living example to the current generation heading towards sedentary lifestyle.

  41. Dear Dony and whole cyclist team
    I feel so proud of you all when I see pictures and read articles of your successful endeavors!!! Keep up the good work and continue to inspire me and the rest of the world…..

  42. Great article by Mr Alfie Dsouzs. Hats off Mr Dony Mam.your life story is inspiring to many of us. Now I can see many cyclists in Mangalore.

  43. My interest in health brings me to this site,
    Hi to all my friends alike, Congrajulations & Best Wishes to DONNY.
    Hoping my presence is welcome here.
    Let me admit that, I had a very interesting read, this article is indeed very profound and helps me figure out myself more. Saying that I was wondering isn’t there too many rules and regulations involved in this hobby, on a personal level I mean, as advised by my friend, an esteemed sportsman, not denying the fact that it is indeed for health and best intention.
    I on the other hand though not a typical cycling enthusiast but who doesn’t mind riding a Hercules for modesty and means, do walk, trek and swim, swimming not that good on choppy waters of course.
    Well I have a simple question to put it straight. Would walking 2 hrs each day hep as much as cycling does, purely from a medical point of view, and swim may be for an hour on weekends, please consider me a NOVICE here. The fact that I am saying this is because, I feel I have an obsession with being very fast, and careless.
    I still remember how I biked straight into a tree as a small kid and hurt myself, but thats an old story. Cannot deny it gets repeated even to this day, I being a 32 year old man.
    Need clarifications my friends, experts and passionate sportsmen/women, since I am bit confused, yet I want to carry heath all my life, in humility do I say this, could you advice me as to which is better, cycling, walking, swimming, trekking or all three.

  44. Also DONNY there isn’t any morsel of doubt that you are ‘THE ROCKSTAR’ and a fit man, unlike me (Taking that with a pinch of salt which is free at my part of the world)
    The photos have come fantastic 🙂 your expressions are well captured. If you ever happen to come to my small town. please do help me receive a few tips on my health (Both Physical & Mental) and sportsman spirit. It will be an honor to meet since you are such a well informed & humble human being.

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