December 7, 2016
A 33-day cycling expedition from Kashmir to Kanyakumari reached here on Wednesday as a group of city-based professional cyclists joined the expedition team.
Titled The Rotary Foundation Centennial Cycle Rally – Kashmir to Kanyakumari Swachh Bharat Tour de Rotary, it is a month long cycling expedition organised to spread awareness about sanitation and cleanliness all over the country.
According to the organisers, the expedition, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Madras Midtown, RI Dist. 3230, is also aimed at promoting the centenary of good work done by the Rotary Foundation, which raises funds for humanitarian service projects, including clean and green India projects.
“As a part of this cycling expedition, professional cyclists will cycle through the length and breadth of our country to spread the message of sanitation and cleanness,” said a release from the organisers.
The rally, also called the Swachh Bharat Cycle Rally, reached Coimbatore and was welcomed by members of Rotary Clubs.
Pathy, Rotary District Governor (Elect), flagged off the cycling expedition, which is next headed to Kochi from where it is to head to Kanyakumari via Thiruvananthapuram.
“City-based students are also participating in this event and they will cycle a distance of about 5 kms to support the noble cause,” the release added.
The expedition was formerly flagged off at Jammu on 7 November. As part of this expedition, about 22 professional cyclists will cover a distance of 4500 kms in 33 days, with 27 flag-off points. The team will pedal through Delhi, Jaipur, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Thiruvananthapuram and is scheduled to reach Kanyakumari on 9 December.