Motorcyclists from Hubli’s ‘99 Cannons Motorcycle Club’ will go on an expedition from Kanyakumari to Khardung-La in Kashmir to create awareness on women’s empowerment and crimes against women.

Four motorcyclists left from Kanyakumari on Thursday. They will be joined by 11 motorcyclists in Hubli on May 26. They will cover a distance of 5,999 kilometres during their 25-day expedition.

President of the club Sanjeev Bhatia, general secretary Purushottam Kamat and treasurer Srinivas Okade told presspersons here on Thursday that throughout the expedition, the motorcyclists would hold public meetings and distribute pamphlets to create awareness on crimes against women. They aim to cover an average of 350 km a day. To a query, he said that while many motorcycle enthusiasts had ridden to Khardung-La, the highest motorable road on earth, this was the first time that an expedition of this scale had been organised. Mr. Bhatia said that other motorcyclists would be joining the team en route: six would be joining the team in Delhi, while three couples from Mumbai would join them in Manali.

The team would be accompanied by a doctor, a mechanic and a photographer who would follow them in a jeep, equipped with spare parts, first aid kits and medical supplies. From Khardung-La, which they will reach on June 6, the motorcyclists will proceed to Amritsar and participate in an awareness programme. They will return to Hubli on June 18.

The expedition will be flagged off on May 26 at 9.30 a.m.

  • Motorcycle enthusiasts have made similar trips, but this is the first expedition of its kind

  • Team will be accompanied by a doctor,

    a mechanic and a photographer