Cycling champion Punamiya to attempt rare feat

Mumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) Former international cyclist VinodPunamiya is bidding to pedal his way from Delhi to Mumbai, adistance of 1,485 kms, in 30 hours flat by commencing hisjourney on the morning of February 19 and finishing around 1pm the next day.

The 52-year-old three-time winner of the famousMumbai-Pune race in the 1980s will be flagged off fromDelhi''s India Gate by union ministers Gurudas Kamat and AjayMaken, it was announced at a media conference here.

"Cycling is my passion and I have trained for this eventby riding my bicycle between 300 to 400 kms mainly in theearly hours," said Punamiya who will be pedalling his way viaJaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Himmatnagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodaraand Surat enroute to Mumbai''s Gateway of India.

Punamiya, who once raced the Deccan Queen running betweenMumbai and Pune and finished ahead of the famous inter-cityexpress by 20 minutes via the shorter road route, did notanticipate any major hurdle on the way before reaching Surat.

"I would be riding non-stop except for taking brief haltsfor using the bathroom," said the former national champion whowas part of the Indian squad that took part in the worldchampionship in Italy in 1985.

Punamiya had pedalled his way from Mumbai to Delhi onDecember 26, 2010 in what was termed "Wheel to Heel" post the26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai for which he has got amention in the Limca Book of Records.

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