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Hubballi cyclists eye Guinness World Records

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They will attempt feat of longest line of moving bicycles

Scores of cyclists from Hubballi joined by hundreds of cyclists from across the country and also a few from abroad will make an attempt at Guinness World Records for the ‘longest line of moving bicycles’ on Republic Day in Hubballi.

The record is presently held by Bangladesh where 1,186 cyclists rode 3.2 km in 2016 to set the record. Hubballi Bicycle Club(HBC), mentored by V.S.V. Prasad, which is making the attempt with the help of several organisations, plans to make it 1,500 cyclists riding 8 km to set a new record during cyclotsava-19 to be held on January 26, 2019.

On Tuesday, chairman of HBC Shrikanth Deshpande, event convener Anand Baid, and mentor Mr. Prasad gave details of the first of its kind event being held in the country and later Pralhad Joshi, MP, formally launched the event and the registration process. A short video clip ‘Respect Cyclists’ was also released.

Giving details of the mega cycling event, Mr. Baid said adjudicators of Guinness Book of World Record would be witnessing the event and officially declare the record once it is set. “We are confident of setting a new record. Already, 700 cyclists have evinced interest in participating in the event. As it involves cycling for 8 km, they will have to participate in 12 validation events to qualify for the record attempt. After validation, the participants will get green card and a mock Guinness ride will be conducted on January 20,” he said.

Awareness

Mr. Deshpande, who has completed ‘IronMan’ contest, said the event was not only aimed at creating a record but also creating awareness about cycling and giving respect to cyclists.

Mr. Prasad said cycling had been attracting people from all walks of life and cyclists contributed a great deal for clean environment.

Registration

Anyone above the age of 15 can participate in the event by giving a missed call to 9108507179. There is a registration fee of ₹500 per person and the participant will get a tricolour jersey, certificate of participation, and finisher medal. Online registration can also be done at www.hbcriders.com.

Offline registration counters have been set up in Hubballi at Techstore, IT Park; Deepak Cycle Store, Koppikar Road; Amazing Bikes, Gokul Road; Born2Pedal, Vidyanagar; Seven Beans; Mummas Lunch Box, Near JK School; Masala Room, Hans Hotel; Jumann, Shirur Park; Sankalp Associates, Club Road; and S&S Architect, T.B. Road.

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