Delhi to Mumbai in 31-hrs, on bicycle

Mumbai, Feb 20 (PTI) Former professional cycling championVinod Punamiya today reached Mumbai, claiming to havecompleted the distance of 1485 km from India Gate, Delhi toGateway of India here in 31 hours on bicycle.

The 53-year-old Punamiya set off from Delhi at 7 am onSaturday and reached the Gateway of India at 2 pm, delayed byan hour thanks to heavy traffic from Andheri (in Mumbai)onwards, he said. His aim was to make it in 30 hours.

"We reached Mumbai in 30 hours but from Andheri toGateway of India we got stuck in traffic and wasted an hour,"said Punamiya.

After his latest feat, a tired but elated Punamiya said,"I am very happy and proud to have completed the distance in31 hrs. I had been practising for a whole year, doing dailyruns of 500 to 600 km along with Sanjay Borde, another formercyclist."

Elaborating on his cycling journey, Punamiya said he usedan Italian cycle ''Organ'', for this event.

He also said he got cramps in his leg when he reachedUdaipur, but pushed ahead after strapping up the leg.

"With only 100 km remaining to complete, I thought I willnot be able to do it, because I was peddling with only oneleg, but I was determined to go on and managed to complete thedistance," said Punamiya. PTI VKV KRK AT

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