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Meet the woman who cycled across the country during the pandemic

Meet the woman who cycled across the country during the pandemic

Meera Velankar says that cycling is great for her mental and physical health “Doing something unique is what motivates me. I keep telling myself that…

Tuesday, Mar 22

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Meera Velankar says that cycling is great for her mental and physical health “Doing something unique is what motivates me. I keep telling myself that it (cycling) is like a video game that I have opted for, and I have to go from Level 1 to 5. It will be difficult, no doubt, but I will reach Level 5 and enjoy in the process taking the good and bad that comes my way without regret,” says the 44-year-old mother-of-two cyclist Meera Velankar. This Bengaluru resident believes in working aggressively towards her goal. “Be active, and fitness becomes your lifestyle. To attain and maintain a fit body and mind for my cycling journey is my finishing line,” adds Velankar, who has been cycling for more than ten years now and has four Limca records to her name. She recently completed her ‘East to West’ biking circuit, a long ride that started on January 27 and ended on February 22. “In this ride, the first 300 km and the last 300 km were very lonely, and the terrain was extremely difficult with hardly any connectivity. Also, cycling near the China border and the Pakistan border was very challenging,” she says.

A seasoned endurance athlete, Velakar became the first Indian woman to complete the Golden Quadrilateral—a national highway spanning over 5,846 km and connecting the four major cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai—on a tandem cycle in less than 42 days last year. She started her journey from Bengaluru on June 19 […]

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