SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2020 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 8 JOY OF CYCLING ‘Unlock’ unleashes cycling josh MORE & MORE DENIZENS FINDING IT BRINGS MANY HEALTH BENEFITS, THRILL AND INSPIRATION • Cycling gives that adrenaline rush as you breeze your way, your sharper senses helping you navigate through a myriad challenges on or oﬀ road • Dr Ramakrishna Reddy, who treats knee pain and pedals daily, says: “Walking & running could aggravate pain, but cycling doesn’t” T P VENU I t is 5:35 in the morning. Dark clouds are hovering over Dammaiguda and the trio – Lloyd Dooland, Chandra Mouli and Fabian Camey – has to make a decision whether ‘to go for it’ or not. It is a unanimous yes, and, the slight drizzle notwithstanding, they set out on their way to Bhongir Fort. Cycling is catching on like never before so much so that bike stores have run out of stock in the city. The ‘Lockdown Effect’ is what some are terming this trend. For Lloyd, cricket has always been his ﬁrst love but the lockdown has forced many a ﬁtness freak to take to cycling. He says, “I have been able to keep up my ﬁtness levels, thanks to the two hours of cycling every morning which has been the silver lining in this otherwise grey and gloomy pandemic.” Exemplifying the rush for cycling in the city, the membership at the Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) has gone up. Sravan, manager, Smart Bikes & HBC, says, “We noticed a huge spike in membership in the last ﬁve months and close to 300 new members joined the club. Fed up with staying indoors, many are ﬁnding refuge in cycling.” The many health beneﬁts apart, cycling automatically fulﬁls Covid health precautions, too – it facilitates social distancing and helps raise stamina to build immunity. “It is a new fad and no one is complaining,” quips Sravan. For T Chandra Mouli associated with RandThe price of bikes stad Offshore starts from Rs 5 k to Services as a Rs 1.5 lakh. For beTechnical Reginners, one could cruiter, who also rent a bike for just Rs is a football and 1,000 per month and handball player for a gear cycle per and once capmonth it is Rs 2,500 tained JNTUand annual memHyderabad Team, bership at Hydercycling happened abad Bicycling Club to him during is Rs 100. For those lockdown and who wish to pick up now he is sure he a bike for a day it is is hooked to it for Rs 50 for four hours life. Many take up for ﬁtness, a few out of boredom. In the case of Ritwik Banerjee, the power of wearing a helmet, snazzy clothes and breezing through the wind gives a high. “I was fascinated when I saw neight (cycling) is empowering, rejuvebours and got nating and was always a dream i n t e r e st e d . to revive good old school days,” Initially, to be says MV S Varma, DGM, Nagarjuna honest it was Constructions. “I started cycling to show off a month ago and have never felt but now after better.” When asked how he weighing the manages the physical strain, beneﬁts, I unpat comes the reply: “To a derstand and regreat extent, it is all in spect cyclists. the mind. Mental There is more to cypreparation is a cling than just sporting must.” ﬂuorescent tees.” MVSS Another reason for the growing Varma (Left) popularity is attributed to gyms being with another shut during lockdown. cycling lover Fabian Camey, a physical instructor, says, “While football was always my passion, it was a whim, I team sport. I bought a cycle discovered and discovered a c y c l i n g , whole new way to keep ﬁt. thanks to a Getting onto my bicycle at dawn, group of cy- riding into the lanes and on the highclists who also hap- ways helped me discover that cycling pened to was indeed a great way to maintain my be my ﬁtness. It's been 5 months now that I f r i e n d s. did my ﬁrst morning ride and there has On a been no looking back since then.” The price of bikes starts from Rs 5 k to Rs 1.5 lakh. Rajan, owner, R K Bicycles, says, “Many sectors have been hit “Initially, but we are ﬂooded with orders.” For to be honest it was beginners, one could rent a bike for just to show oﬀ but now after Rs 1,000 per month and for a gear cycle weighing the beneﬁts, I per month it is Rs 2,500 and annual understand and respect cyclists. membership at HBC is Rs 100. For There is more to cycling than those who wish to pick up a bike for a just sporting ﬂuorescent day it is Rs 50 for four hours. tees,” confesses a cycling So what are you waiting for? votary CYCLING @57 I (From left) Chandra Mouli, Lloyd and Fabian 40 km every single day – for last 5 yrs S ince 2015, this group comprising N Vidyadhar Reddy, 57, SAP consultant, his son Abhinav, Venkateshwarlu, Circle Inspector, his son Sainath, a software engineer, Dr Ramakrishna Reddy, orthopaedic surgeon, Osmania General Hospital, and Ravikanth Cherukuri, MD, Spinco Biotech, cycle from Nagole to Ghatkesar and have done more than 20,000 km . l For cyclists, bagging the Randonneurs title is a matter of pride. One has to cycle nonstop for 200 km within 13 hours to get the title and those who complete 200, 300, 400 and 600 km become Super Randonneurs. l Dr Ramakrishna Reddy who treats patients with knee pain on a daily basis says, “Walking and running could aggravate the pain but cycling doesn’t.” He is the one who all in the group looks up to. Venkateshwarlu, CI, Ravindranath Cherukuri, MD of Spinco Biotech, Dr G Ramakrishna Reddy, Orthopaedic Surgeon at OGH, and Vidyadhar Reddy, SAP consultant
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