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Riding high on patriotism: Bike, bicycle groups revel in I-Day spirit

Riding high on patriotism: Bike, bicycle groups revel in I-Day spirit

August 15 is a date that brings the entire nation together as one, for everyone gets eager to celebrate the occasion when India got its…

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August 15 is a date that brings the entire nation together as one, for everyone gets eager to celebrate the occasion when India got its freedom from the colonial rule. Marking the spirit of freedom, on I-Day, will be some riders in Delhi-NCR, who have organised group rides. Many who used to get together and mingle freely earlier, are now returning after a Covid-induced hiatus, to celebrate the day with the same fervour as before.

Their expression of patriotism is reflected in their rides, under the open skies, with the Tiranga flying high on their machines as they jaunt through the city with pride. “It all started 10 years back; I remember asking my friends to go out riding on Independence Day but received lukewarm responses to it then. That’s when I formed this group, so as to have more people participate in celebrations by coming out of their homes,” shares Tarique Afaque, founder of Royal Mavericks Bikers Group, whose participants would be spotted from afar with Tirangas placed respectfully on their bikes.

With the pandemic forcing most of us to become slave to a laidback lifestyle, it again become crucial for bikers like Afaque to revive that spirit of celebrating the country’s independence. “This year we are expecting more than 100 riders. We will start from the Mahamaya Flyover in Noida, cover the Taj Expressway and conclude at Greater Noida with a lavish breakfast! This year we are targeting a smooth ride, and also not allowing any aftermarket silencers on […]

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