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Mumbai to host India’s largest cycling event on 21st Feb’10

Sport18, the sports marketing division of the Network18 group and ID Sports – a sports management company have joined hands with TI Cycles and the Being Human – the Salman Khan Foundation to launch India’s first ever international cycling event, Mumbai Cyclothon – Tour De Mumbai to be held at Bandra Reclamation on Sunday, 21st February, 2010. The event will co-incide with the Mumbai chapter of the BSA Hercules India Cyclothon – Mumbai 2010” a community ride “to promote the practice of cycling in the city”.

The ride will have participants from all walks of life including amateur cyclists, cycling enthusiasts, working professionals, house wives and school children, thus adding colour and festivities to the whole event. The event will be marked by the presence of a host of celebrities, officials from CFI, Maharashtra Cycling  Association and corporates. The BSA Hercules India Cyclothon will have multiple categories – the Amateur ride of 24 Kms, the corporate/group ride of 24Kms, the Green ride of 12 Kms and the kids ride for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 13 spanning 2 Kms.

Interested participants can register themselves on www.cyclothon.in or SMS Cyclo to 51818 for
details.

Being Human, the Salman Khan Foundation would be the principal partner of Mumbai Cyclothon. Being Human has two main focus areas education and healthcare. Various activities are being planned to raise charity and the presence of Being Human would make the event even bigger in the global scenario.

Having mobilized the approval of the International Cycling Union (UCI) the international race will be listed under the category 1.2 of the Asia Tour. The current leg is endorsed by the cycling legend, Eddy Merckx, a five-time Tour De France winner and recipient of the highest honors in cycling. This event will be guided under the medical vigilance of John Gloster, ex-physio Indian cricket team and the current physio of the Rajasthan Royals and Victor Popov, five-time official physio of Tour De France and consultant physio to the Australian Cricket Team. The race will see the top 13 professional cycling teams in the world compete with each other. Some of the biggest names from the world of cycling like Stuart O’ Grady, Brad McGee, Baden Cooke, Scott McGory and Jan Kirsipu will be competing for top honours. The Indian national cycling team participating
in the Commonwealth Games will be the 14th team. The race would be governed by UCI regulations.

The National race would be of 50 kms with 22 State teams consisting of 5 riders from each state association approved by the local cycling bodies and the UCI in conjunction with the Cycling Federation of India (CFI). The best riders from all teams will qualify to be trained to participate with International riders. The race and selection of riders will be governed by UCI, local cycling federation and CFI.

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