Vinod Punamiya is attempting is to complete 1485 kms between New Delhi to Mumbai on cycle in just 30 hours. His intention is to draw attention how cycling can reduce pollution from vehicular traffic. “I am an ordinary man, who tries to do extraordinary things to gain attention to causes I want to promote,” the 53-year-old explained at a media briefing. He also wants to encourage younger generation to take up cycling for fitness.
The cyclist will be flagged off from India Gate on February 19, 2011 morning by Gurudas Kamat, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State for Sports. The bike journey will
take him through Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Himmatnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Vapi before entering Maharashtra and is expected to reach Gateway of India on February 20, 2011 afternoon to be received by Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan.
Punamiya will be accompanied by five vehicles clearing a passage for him to ride through. “At times I touch speeds of 100 to 120 kms and I need these vehicles to give me a clear road ahead,” he added. Three
pro bicycles and spare tyres will also accompany him on the journey. The cyclist is supported in this venture by long-time sponsor Pravin Masalewale through their popular brand Suhana.
Punamiya has been preparing for this Delhi-Mumbai ride for the past one year, cycling 400-500kms daily. “I begin my ride at 1.00 or 2.00 am in the morning and ride for 10 to 12 hours continuous. I am confident of riding from Delhi to Mumbai non-stop,” said the ace cyclist, winner of the prestigious Mumbai-Pune Race, the First Triathlon, and the National Cycling Championship and was selected for the World Cycling Championship in Rome.
An unusual feat earlier by him was beating the well-known train Deccan Queen on the Pune-Mumbai route by reaching the destination 20 minutes ahead of the train after starting the journey together. Punamiya has
earlier done a fou-day event for peace, Gateway of India (Mumbai) to Indian Gate (Delhi) on December 26, 2010, titled “Wheel to Heal”, after the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai. This feat earned him a place in the Limca Book of Records.