Cycling Across The Borders

CyclingThroughBorders.jpgNine cycling enthusiasts have embarked on a 41-day 3,000-km expedition to Islamabad from Raigad district in Maharashtra on Thursday, carrying the message of peace and friendship.

The ambitious venture is jointly organised by a New Delhi-based NGO Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy and Nisargamitra, a Panvel-based adventure club.

The expedition will cover Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab before making it across the border to Pakistan’s Punjab province

Led by 47-year-old Dhananjay Madan the expedition consists of two female members Shraddha Tisgaonkar and Rupali Nehate, while the youngest participant Neeraj Ghate is 21. Other members include Prasad Karve, Kautubh Gujare, Anand Lokhande and Vikas Chavan.

Two persons have no cycling experience and will be covering around 90-100 km per day while in India and around 50 km while in Pakistan

With an overall cost of over Rs Five lakh, they pooled-in finances from “all known resources”, including an ex-Member of Parliament Ramsheth Thakur, friends and relatives.

The expedition will be flagged-off from Panvel by PIPFPD President and former Chief of Naval Staff l Ramdas.

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