Hyderabad: Forget pandemic, let us cycle!
Hyderabad Randonneurs is celebrating 100 years by conducting a 200 km ride `brevet' on September 11, 2021.
Around 250 bicycling enthusiasts will be taking part in the event. The bicycling enthusiasts will start from St Martin's Engineering College, Dhulapally, and ride through Ramayampet, Medak, Pochampally, and Narsapur before return.
Everyone who finished 200kms is called a Randonneur and there are quite a few new riders who will become Randonneurs on this special ride.
Randonneuring is a long-distance cycling sport where a rider has to finish a particular distance within a stipulated time. A rider has to pass through the intermediate control points within the time limit.
Randonneuring started way back in 1891. The first-ever official brevet was conducted in France on September 11, 1921, ever since the sport has become very popular across the globe with riders challenging themselves to ride long distances.
The sport has picked up since 2011 in India and 2012 in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad Randonneurs annually conduct multiple rides of 200kms, 300kms, 400kms, 600kms, 1000kms, and 1200kms. The riders who complete 200kms, 300kms, 400kms, and 600kms in a single season are called super Randonneurs.
"We are excited to have so many riders participating in this special ride. A lot of old riders and new ones have registered for the event," said Hyderabad Randonneurs.